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This is a photo I took at the weekend when I visited the Natural History Museum for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition. I've been planning this shot for a while and I am quite happy with the results.

I think the Natural History Museum in South Kensington is probably one of London's most impressive buildings. I took this shot on the second floor looking over the central hall. This is one of London's most popular museums and this was taking out peak time (around 1pm) The place was packed but I used a 10 stop ND filter (B&W 3.0) on a 10 minute exposure so the visitors of the museum appear invisible - cool aye? I did a small bit of touching up in Photoshop to remove a few distractions ([1] a sign on the steps and two signs in the hall; [2] two benches next to the steps and; [3] the tail of the Diplodocus dinosaur that's exhibited in the central hall. I tried to remove the poster to the left and right but my photoshop skill aren't good enough Sad

We'll I'd be grateful for any comments you have.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 550D
Lens:10-20mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:5 Mar 2011 - 8:22 PM
Focal Length:10mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/13.0
Shutter Speed:601sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Title:Great Hall, Natural History Museum in London
Username:jonathanfriel jonathanfriel
Uploaded:9 Mar 2011 - 5:09 PM
Tags:Architecture, B&w 3.0, Digitally manipulated, Long exposure, Natural history museum, Nd filter, South Kensington.
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DaveU
DaveU e2 Member 81339 forum postsDaveU vcard England121 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2011 - 5:20 PM

I like it .... pleasing symmetry and a good viewpoint. Clever to use the 10 stop ND to make the people vanish. I'd maybe straighten the verticals to stop it all leaning in though.

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susanbarton
9 Mar 2011 - 5:20 PM

Well done i wondered how you got rid of all the visitors a very beautiful image

Susan

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CathR
CathR  7139 forum posts United Kingdom563 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2011 - 5:22 PM

Excellent shot, Jonathan. Don't worry about the posters as they are very unobtrusive and in any case provide a bit of variety amongst the stonework. Good that the windows aren't blown out which is always an issue with this kind of shot. I had read somewhere that 10 stoppers make folk disappear but I didn't quite believe it until now. It must have been a challenge protecting your camera from the hordes for 10 whole minutes though.

best wishes

Catherine

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James_C
James_C  536 forum posts United Kingdom56 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2011 - 5:46 PM

Beautifully done.

James

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Lesley1959
Lesley1959 e2 Member 5Lesley1959 vcard United Kingdom
9 Mar 2011 - 7:42 PM

Great image!!

Lesley

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banehawi Critique Team 10868 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2867 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2011 - 8:11 PM

Fantastic shot, and what a great idea to get the shot with no people or ghosting. And in fact it has all of the qualities of a very well executed HDR image, - so perhaps you have invented a new approach to this!


The verticals are the only obvious mod to me, - and Ive loaded 2, - first is the original with the window light overhead toned down a small amount; second is the verticals straightened using the CS5 lens correction tool, - this also forces some cropping as it moves the bottom of the shot inwards and upwards.


Hope this helps,



Regards


Willie

Last Modified By banehawi at 9 Mar 2011 - 8:13 PM

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NEWMANP e2 Member 61587 forum postsNEWMANP vcard United Kingdom574 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2011 - 11:22 PM

lovely bit of work, i also see a superb and even better composition taking a vertical image from the centre of frame, hefty crop i know but could haqve been done at the taking stage as an alternative and it gets rid of the posters and reduces the amount of glass breaking the edge of frame.

i did a quick crop for you to consider.

as it stands in this format, id suggest a little distortion correction and a light crop both sides to lose the windows in the side edges. possibly a tweak on colour balance but a great basis to work with and a great bit of thought to eliminate the crowds.

Phil

Last Modified By NEWMANP at 9 Mar 2011 - 11:26 PM

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Abigails_Grandad

What a pleasant surprise to see an inamge generated by the 'old' method. How easy would it have been to just take the shot and modify it with photoshop. Well done for planning and undertaking this shot.

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