Night sneaks up on the Museum

Oxford University Museum of Natural History (1190)

Well, it’s hard to avoid references to the well-known movie in a place like this. You even get a proper T.rex skeleton looking at you in a not-so-friendly way as you walk into the main hall. No wonder this place is really popular with kids. Now that is a really good thing as this should go a long way to attract more future students to the sciences.

So how did we end up there? With a surprisingly good weather forecast for the weekend we went on a day trip to nearby Oxford. Since cities are her thing, R took care of the plans for what to do and where to go, while I took care of the logistics. We got to Oxford late morning, and after a quick and early lunch in the covered market we headed straight to the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. And spent essentially all day there, between geological samples, fossils, skeletons, etc. The building itself is exquisite, and a fantastic setting for a superb collection. The light of a beautiful day coming in through the glass panels in the hall’s ceiling are a photographer’s dream. Good thing I took my macro lens with me; I have a number of photos to share in forthcoming blog posts.

When we were done it was almost closing time. I could not resist the late afternoon sun reflecting off the windows and lighting up the stone in a warm glow. So I set up on a tripod at the far end of the lawn and took a few long exposures as R waited on a bench. The long exposure blurs the visitors’ movements, up to a point where most won’t even register. The few that do leave a dim shadow where they stopped for some time; I find this helps show that people were around, while avoiding distracting elements. In post I corrected for perspective and applied the usual selective curves to adjust contrast.

Click on the photo for a larger version; comments welcome, as always.

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