The Great Hall (HDR London, UK)
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A bit unexpected
We decided to go to The London Natural History Museum simply because the weather was so crappy outside. It was nothing but thick fog and misty rain. Not exactly ideal shooting conditions for a photo walk...
Oddly enough, just a few minutes after we went in, the sky cleared up and beautiful afternoon light started pouring through the windows and stained glass. Armed with my (borrowed) Nikon D3 and 14-24 lens, I took full advantage of the stellar light conditions. Talk about a stroke of luck!
They don’t allow the use of tripods in here but it’s not a big deal. Most of the larger rooms are lit well enough that you can easily fire off Handheld Exposure Brackets. With Photoshop, aligning the exposures is pretty simple stuff. If you’re curious, check out my Handheld HDR Tutorial for more info. It will walk you through the process step by step.
You can never bet on the weather. That goes double for London (maybe even triple)... Unless, of course, you’re betting that it will be bizarre and unpredictable. In which case, go ahead and throw down some big $$.
During this particular visit to London (in the winter), I was watching BBC News as the Anchor said, "And now, your weather forecast... Wait, do we really have to watch it? I can save you some time right now and tell you It's going to be absolutely dreadful."
Now, I know that News Anchors are not well known for their sparkling optimism but that’s just plain silly.
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