Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum

This is very much a work in progress but I’ve seen a couple of photographs of the Main Hall of the Natural History Museum In London which have really inspired me. One such image was by a chap called Michael Walker-Toye.
When I visited recently, I didn’t get too long to consider what I was doing, nor did I have useful things like neutral density filters but I think if you want to achieve a certain thing with your photos, it’s sometimes worth doing a bit of an investigative session first… scout out the area, take a few “test” images, see what you can do with the results, etc. then plan your next visit with a bit more knowledge.
Of course, you can always ask the person who took the original image! Generally I think you’ll find people quite obliging and open about how they took pictures. Personally, I feel rather honoured if someone is wanting to emulate what I’ve done and I’m happy to divulge any thoughts I might have.
So anyway, what I’m aiming for here is something Escher-esque. Escher was the chap who created three-dimensional optical illusions of never-ending staircases and waterfalls that seemed to flow upwards… Pretty easy to find him on google if you dont know who I mean! I reckon I’ve made a reasonable start… Next time, I’ll change my viewpoint, I’ll take a ND filter and I’ll maybe take some varying exposures since there are some really nice stained-glass windows at the far end which I’d like to include in the image. The natural history museum is a big place and I’d recommend going in through the main entrance if you want to find the grand hall without too much effort but if the queue is too long, or if it’s raining and you dont mind the walk, try heading for the side-entrance which isnt as popular so you get inside sooner. There’s lot’s to see at the museum and I could’ve spent much longer in there but I’m really pleased I’ve had chance to check the place out and I’m already looking forward to my next visit.

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