a6 June 2014

Museums in London

Museums in London

As I said in this post, weather in London wasn't great during my trip so I stayed indoors most of the time. Fortunately there are a lot of cool places in London that you can visit when it's raining or when it's cold and museums are definitely among such places. There is something for everyone - no matter you're interested in ancient history of Egypt or Roman Empire, great art, fashion, history of medicine or in transport, you'll find a museum that will suit you. And even if none of these sound interesting to you or if you aren't great fan of the museums in general, London museums has one more thing to offer - beautiful architecture. I could spend hours wondering through those stone or brick halls capturing their beauty!

And what's really great is that admission to most of the best London museums is free. This applies to Natural History Museum, Science Museum, British Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum, London Museum and National Gallery. And probably a few other as well. In some of them you have to buy tickets for some exhibitions though eg. if you would like to see mammoth in National History Museum or collection of historical wedding dresses in Victoria & Albert Museum. Also small donations are welcome what's understandable given how much running of these museums cost.

Daily photo - Natural History Museum

Below photo was taken in Natural History Museum. It was a really busy day in the museum (some kind of public holidays or something like that) so I decided to use slightly longer exposures to blur people just a little bit and give you the sense of movement. As in almost any other great museum, tripods aren't allowed inside Natural History Museum. So instead of using a tripod I rested my camera against railing to be able to use longer exposures. Fortunately it worked - photo is almost as sharp as if it was taken from a tripod.

BTW I will never understand why museums ban tripods. Ok, if the place is really busy, a large tripod could be a potential tripping hazard for other visitors but when standing in some isolated and calm place it shouldn't be a problem. Of course museums might be afraid that you will capture too good photos and they won't be able to sell postcards in their shop. However, tripod isn't necessary to take good quality photos (just to make good photos even better). And what's more by taking good photos, photographers in fact promote and advertise the museums.
Natural History Museum
Finally some EXIF info:
Technical details:
Camera: Canon 50D
Lens: Canon 10-22 f/3.5-4.5 USM
Focal length: 10 mm
Aperture: f/16.0
Exposure time: 1.5 s ("middle" exposure)
ISO: 100
Number of exposures: 5
E.V. Step: 1.0
Flash used: no
Tripod: yes
Filters: no
Technique: HDR, tone-mapping, luminosity masking
Software: Magic Lantern, Photomatix Pro 5 (Contrast Optimizer), Lightroom 5.4, Photoshop CC, Topaz Clarity

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