I have been in love with London’s Natural History Museum in South Kensington ever since I was a small boy and I went on several school and family trips there.
I developed a lifelong facination for Dinosaurs and other creatures as a result! Visiting it more recently, I began to appreciate the magnificent architecture of the building and how well what was a stuffy museum has been updated in recent years. I’ve always loved the great hall and its main resident, “Dippy”.
Now I have my own family and on Wednesday it was my birthday and we decamped for a trip to the NHM. Now it is true that any trip to the NHM would not be the same without a trip to the Dinosaurs…
The mammals exhibit is also worth a look, with the magnificent blue whale model and whale skeletons.
There are also some fantstic displays of reptiles. I wouldn’t fancy getting on the wrong side of this fella…
The real star of the show is the building though. It is magnificent!
Of course places like this are fun for the reaction they induce in the visitors (from wonder to boredom and everything in-between).
An honorary mention must go to my son, Daniel, who not only put up with the trip but throughly enjoyed himself too (here he is preparing to steal one of mummy’s chips…)!
All taken on:
Fujifilm X-Pro1 with 18mm and 35mm lenses
Olympus E-M5 with Voigtlander 17.5mm and Panasonic 12-35mm lenses
As a postscript, I was very impressed with the low light output from the E-M5 + 12-35mm and the quality of the results from the Voigtlander (the entrance and the picture of my son are both from the 17.5mm). While normally I prefer primes to zooms, changing lenses in a large crowd in the dark is neigh on impossible which is where the Panasonic 12-35mm comes into its own. The X-Pro1 continues to amaze me with the quality of its output. If adobe can push an additonal 5% out of the RAW files in the next Lightroom update and the new 18-55mm zoom cuts the mustard I’ll have to seriously consider if I need my G5 or E-P3 anymore, because they aren’t getting a look in at the minute.