Natural History Museum

by Helen Hooker October. 27, 2011 3967 views

Exactly a year after my last visit I returned to the Natural History Museum [] this morning to see the new Wildlife Photographer of the Year [] exhibition. Stupidly I forgot to book in advance so it took 80 minutes of queuing to get inside the museum but it was absolutely worth it ?? the photos in the exhibition were simply stunning. After I??d finished I took a little time to explore the museum some more, dodging the hoards of noisy children who, like me, are on their half term holiday. The most surprising find of the day was the Cocoon []in the new Darwin Centre. This amazing egg-shaped construction sits inside a modern wing and houses the museum??s archives. As you walk through you can also look through to the research laboratories and see people at work conserving the museum??s treasures. Having only seen the traditional Victorian architecture before this was an unexpected bonus.

I just adore the Museum's central hall - the architecture is fabulous and every possible corner is adorned with stone carvings of animals. I used a bean bag to support my camera on a ledge so I could use a long enough exposure to blur the hundreds of tourists.

I really like these elegant benches which sit in the Mineral Gallery for people to rest their weary feet.

This chap was so deep in thought over his information leaflet - I couldn't resist a candid shot of this moment in time.

The modern Cocoon inside the Darwin Centre from below….

…. and from above.

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Lukesmom 5 years, 11 months ago

What a GREAT set! I just love the photo of the fellow in b&w, as well as the shot of the bench. Thanks for sharing and glad it was worth the wait!!

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Anna 5 years, 11 months ago

Great pictures :)

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Sandra Vermeulen 5 years, 11 months ago

The way you capture these places is always very special and makes we want to visit them some day. You actually advertises these places. ;o)

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Mimmo Mallamo 5 years, 11 months ago

Beautiful post Helen, impressive for framing the shots of the Cocoon, but I think that #2 and #3 are really fantastic. #2 has a wonderful DoF and #3 is beautiful moment you captured. Great!

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Birthe Vikoren 5 years, 11 months ago

Impressive building,
and excellent photographed!

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David Swatton 5 years, 11 months ago

Excellent set - it's ages since I have been to the museum but I'm going on Monday evening for an after-hours visit to the photo exhibition arranged through work. Looking forward to it.

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Pete 5 years, 11 months ago

love the set
so many nice angles used and great composition

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Josy 5 years, 11 months ago

Absolutely extraordinary
All your series is magic and I love 1 and 3

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Ann Garratty 5 years, 11 months ago

Soaking up the atmosphere and enjoying the beautiful architechture in the natural history museum is almost as good as the exhibits themselves... I love it, and I still don't think that we have discovered all of it's secrets...

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Kecskemétiné Nelli 5 years, 11 months ago

Wow, you made me curious about the museum, I haven't been there, and as for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year, I've seen only the winner's captures and loved them very much. =)

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Jennifer Litwinowicz 5 years, 11 months ago

Great set:) live the candid shot!

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Abe Jackson 5 years, 11 months ago

My gosh Helen, this is absolutely splendid to say the least.

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Glo 5 years, 11 months ago

excellent captures! a feast for the eyes!

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Moira 5 years, 11 months ago

great set thanks for sharing the cocoon shot and information on it.

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David Cardona 5 years, 11 months ago

Awesome perspectives and excellent use of aesthetical resources! A beautiful wide angle effect on first one. Superb depth of field concept at second one and marvellous balance on B&W shot! Latest two shots are stunning! Thanks for sharing!

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Olga Helys 5 years, 11 months ago

The angle in the last one is amazing
The graphisms and architectural structures are great and so beautiful
especially in the #1
Great DOF in the #2
The #3 is stuning
All these are artworks

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