While I’m on the subject, here’s another photo from our visit to the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. I mentioned before how the main hall is surrounded by busts and statues of scientists etc. I was expecting Darwin to be in a prominent place (which he is), so as soon as I saw the first venerable gent with a professorial beard I rather jumped to conclusions. Closer inspection identified the above as the mathematician Henry John Stephen Smith, who also held the post of Keeper of the Oxford University Museum.
I took this photo handheld as a single exposure. I kept the aperture large to hold the background out of focus, taking care to keep some interest in the background by including (part of) the column capitals. The diffuse light of the hall made exposure rather easy. In post, I corrected for perspective and cropped accordingly, then applied a global curves layer to fine tune contrast.
Click on the photo for a larger version; comments welcome, as always.