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27 Comments | Report
SuzMDixon PRO
 
SuzMDixon May 08, 2015
Great picture of one of my favourite places!
TheoShilton PRO
TheoShilton May 08, 2015
Thank you Suz!
estercastillo08 PRO+
 
estercastillo08 May 12, 2015
Congratulations !
estercastillo08 PRO+
 
estercastillo08 May 12, 2015
Beautiful work!
TheoShilton PRO
TheoShilton May 12, 2015
Thank you ester and thanks for all of your comments and recognitions! :)
gabone
 
gabone May 18, 2015
great photo! What is this place?
TheoShilton PRO
TheoShilton May 26, 2015
Thanks Gabone! It's the main entrance hall at the Natural History Museum in Kensington, central London!
gabone
 
gabone May 26, 2015
Damn, I have been there but i did not really see it :(. I was so busy with looking at the collections that I did not see the building :).
pegleg PRO+
 
pegleg June 10, 2015
outstanding shot, so much detail just beautiful.
TheoShilton PRO
TheoShilton June 10, 2015
Thank you very much Pegleg!
jimhelmick
 
jimhelmick June 11, 2015
very cool shot. what is the building and where is it?
TheoShilton PRO
TheoShilton June 11, 2015
Thanks Jim, it's the main entrance hall of the Natural History Museum in London.
maryruth2011 PRO
 
maryruth2011 June 13, 2015
Nice work with the colors on this one and great perspective...there's an "Unusual Perspective" contest, why don't you enter it in that one?
TheoShilton PRO
TheoShilton June 14, 2015
Thanks mary really kind words. Ill check out the competition! :)
Carlotta PRO
 
Carlotta June 14, 2015
perfect image
TheoShilton PRO
TheoShilton June 14, 2015
Thank you very much Carlotta! Definitely one of my favourites :)
SamantaKrivec
 
SamantaKrivec June 15, 2015
Excellent .. congratulations! :)
TheoShilton PRO
TheoShilton June 15, 2015
Thank you Semy!
ntgreen PRO+
 
ntgreen June 17, 2015
Absolutely amazing :D Congrats ... well deserved!
TheoShilton PRO
TheoShilton June 17, 2015
Thank you very much ntgreen!
ShuttersPhotography
 
ShuttersPhotography June 20, 2015
wow
TheoShilton PRO
TheoShilton June 20, 2015
Thanks Shutters!
ShellyRwanda PRO+
 
ShellyRwanda June 20, 2015
Very cool shot. Where is this?
TheoShilton PRO
TheoShilton June 20, 2015
Thank you very much Shelly!
TheoShilton PRO
TheoShilton June 21, 2015
Its at the Natural History Museum in London :)
rosabandiera
 
rosabandiera June 20, 2015
Beautiful picture!!!!
TheoShilton PRO
TheoShilton June 20, 2015
Thank you very much Rosa!
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots June 21, 2015
Beautiful capture! Congrats.
TheoShilton PRO
TheoShilton June 21, 2015
Thanks a lot JD!
martmitchell
 
martmitchell June 21, 2015
Perfect angle
TheoShilton PRO
TheoShilton June 21, 2015
Thanks you mart!
BryanTilghman Premium
 
BryanTilghman June 22, 2015
What a great image! It just draws you right in....then again...and again :) Congrats!
TheoShilton PRO
TheoShilton June 22, 2015
Thanks a lot Bryan! :)
SteBil30 PRO
 
SteBil30 August 09, 2015
AWESOME phototure, where is this place?
TheoShilton PRO
TheoShilton August 09, 2015
Thank you ste, its at the Natural History Museum in London. :)
martmitchell
 
martmitchell February 08, 2016
good composition
TheoShilton PRO
TheoShilton February 29, 2016
Thanks Mart!
adalbjorgjonsdottir
 
adalbjorgjonsdottir December 13, 2016
Fantastic!
TheoShilton PRO
TheoShilton December 14, 2016
Thanks you Abdal!!
FredericMONIN PRO
 
FredericMONIN December 20, 2016
Great shot !!!
TheoShilton PRO
TheoShilton December 20, 2016
Thank You Frederic!
carlosarrubla
 
carlosarrubla May 28, 2017
Going beyond the typical photo and highlighting the beauty of the place at the same time, great work, very creative, and the edition is insane.
TheoShilton PRO
TheoShilton July 01, 2017
Thank you very much Carlos!!
johnchilver
 
johnchilver June 30, 2017
Brilliant shot
TheoShilton PRO
TheoShilton July 01, 2017
Thanks John!
garymintz PRO
 
garymintz July 04, 2018
stunning!
lonejensen
 
lonejensen March 20, 2019
Wow!
Maverick1682008
 
Maverick1682008 October 17, 2019
This is amazing.
JessyKaiser PRO+
 
JessyKaiser October 27, 2019
It feels like I a, looking into a real-time MC Escher drawing. Fabulous!

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Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo from the balcony of the main entrance/ Hintz Hall to the Natural History Museum in London.
Time
It was around 1pm which allowed for a huge amount of natural light to pour through the skylights. I had to be patient as there were a lot of tourists around and waiting for the right shot took some time. But I am very happy with the results. City photography is all about patience after all!
Lighting
All natural light in this shot. I had the lens closed at around f11 so that I could capture the true depth of the building and a combination of a medium ISO and careful post processing exposure levels got the job done!
Equipment
I used a Nikon D7200 and an Opton 8mm fish eye lens mounted on a sturdy tripod. No flash was required as I used an open aperutre and slower shutter speed.
Inspiration
The architecture in the museum is absolutely stunning. I had been a few times before but not with the lenses I currently have at my disposal. The last time I went I was more of a novice with a D3000 and an 18-55mm lens. I had thought about the curves in the ceiling and the effect a fish eye lens might have so was really keen to try the shot again!
Editing
I imported three RAW files to Photomatix pro with an exposure incriment of 2 to create an HDR finish and increased the Tone Compression to get a slightly illustrative tone to the image. I then imported the TIFF into Lightroom where in increased the clarity, Contrast, Highlights, Sharpness and applied a slight black vignette to bring out the edges. This added real depth to the image which was really important for me. Finally I increased the highlights and shadows to brightnen the image before exporting.
In my camera bag
I carry a Nikon D7200 normally attached is an 18-300mm lens for street and people photography. I have a 10-20mm lens for architecture, both interior and exterior as well as an 8mm and a 6.5mm fish eye when 10mm leaves me wanting. I also have a 4.5mm circular fish eye for surreal shots although it doesn't get as much use as the other lenses. If i'm away I also carry a sigma 150-500mm lens for wildlife photography. Theres nothing worse than not having the lens for the job!! I have just purchased a 35mm F1.4 lens which I use for portrait and street photography. The wide aperture makes it excellent for night street photography.
Feedback
Be creative! A fish eye lens can create a whole different dimension to your architecture photography. It may slightly distort what is in front of you but the wider angles you can capture is often a must for interior shots in big buildings. Have a good look around the space you are photographing before taking any shots. Sometimes lots of people can show up and its a good idea to know the best angles in the place and get them before anyone comes in and gets in your view. If its local always be prepared to go back after looking at your RAW files. You will know what works and what doesn't and be more precise on a second shoot. Finally try and shoot longer exposures at a smaller aperture to get a greater depth of field in your final shot!

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