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Took this on our trip to the UK in April 2010 at the Natural History Museum. Added my eyes to him, thought he’d look better with blue eyes. :-o

I love the Natural History Museum in London. Not only does it hold an amazing collection, the building itself is magnificent to look at both inside and out.

The first time I walked into this building my jaw hit the floor when I looked up to the ceiling and around the walls at the stone work/masonry, and that was before I had seen any of the amazing, wonderful artifacts this museum holds.

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Canon Lens 15-85mm

Single RAW Image converted to JPG, then played around in PS. The eyes are mine with a bit more saturation and also changed the teeth to platinum.

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The following is from Wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural_History_Mu...

The Natural History Museum is one of three large museums on Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London, England (the others are the Science Museum, and the Victoria and Albert Museum). Its main frontage is on Cromwell Road. The museum is an exempt charity, and a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

The museum is home to life and earth science specimens comprising some 70 million items within five main collections: Botany, Entomology, Mineralogy, Palaeontology and Zoology. The museum is a world-renowned centre of research, specialising in taxonomy, identification and conservation. Given the age of the institution, many of the collections have great historical as well as scientific value, such as specimens collected by Darwin. The Natural History Museum Library contains extensive books, journals, manuscripts, and artwork collections linked to the work and research of the scientific departments. Access to the library is by appointment only.

The museum is particularly famous for its exhibition of dinosaur skeletons, and ornate architecture — sometimes dubbed a cathedral of nature — both exemplified by the large Diplodocus cast which dominates the vaulted central hall.

Originating from collections within the British Museum, the landmark Alfred Waterhouse building was built and opened by 1881, and later incorporated the Geological Museum. The Darwin Centre is a more recent addition, partly designed as a modern facility for storing the valuable collections.

Other images from in and around London/Brighton below:

More about St Dunstan’s in the East from Wikipedia below:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Dunstan-in-the-...

The church was built about 1100. It was severely damaged in the Great Fire of London in 1666. Rather than being completely rebuilt, the damaged church was patched up between 1668 and 1671. A steeple, designed by Sir Christopher Wren, was added 30 years later. This was unusual in that Wren designed it in the Gothic style, to match the old church.

By the early 19th century the church was in a very poor state; and it was rebuilt between 1817 and 1821 by David Laing, with assistance by William Tite. Wren’s steeple was retained in the new building.

The church was severely damaged in the Blitz of 1941, during the Second World War. In the re-organisation of the Anglican Church in London following the War it was decided not to rebuild St Dunstan’s, and in 1967 the City of London Corporation decided to turn the ruins of the church into a public garden. This was opened in 1971.

Wren’s tower and steeple survived the bombs intact and now house the All Hallows House Foundation, a registered charity that provides core and complementary health services to those who live or work in the City of London, through its trading arm, The Wren Clinic. Of the rest of the church only the north and south walls remain. A lawn and trees have been planted within the ruins and a low fountain sits in the middle of the nave. The gardens are claimed to be the most beautiful public gardens in the City of London.

The church is now comprised within the parish of All Hallows by the Tower and occasional open-air services are held in the church, such as on Palm Sunday prior to a procession to All Hallows by the Tower along St Dunstan’s Hill and Great Tower Street. The church ruin was designated a Grade I listed building on 4 January 1950.

More about St Dunstan below from Wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunstan

Dunstan (born 909 — died 19 May 988) was an Abbot of Glastonbury Abbey, a Bishop of Worcester, a Bishop of London, and an Archbishop of Canterbury, later canonised as a saint. His work restored monastic life in England and reformed the English Church. His 11th-century biographer, Osbern, himself an artist and scribe, states that Dunstan was skilled in “making a picture and forming letters”, as were other clergy of his age who reached senior rank.

Dunstan served as an important minister of state to several English kings. He was the most popular saint in England for nearly two centuries, having gained fame for the many stories of his greatness, not least among which were those concerning his famed cunning in defeating the Devil.

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I live in Sydney, Australia and love to travel. I enjoy creating landscapes scenes using my Canon DSLR cameras and lenses.

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Comments

  • Richard  Cubitt
    Richard Cubittalmost 4 years ago

    Nicely worked Bryan!

  • Thanks very much Richard.

    – Bryan Freeman

  • Junior Mclean
    Junior Mcleanalmost 4 years ago

    Dam it looks scary and cool at the same time, I like what you did with the eyes part. Nice!!!

  • Thanks very much Junior, appreciate it.

    – Bryan Freeman

  • Chris Bird
    Chris Birdalmost 4 years ago

    Nice capture and framing.

  • Thanks Chris.

    – Bryan Freeman

  • billyboy
    billyboyover 3 years ago

    I hate tom say it mate, but your eyes look totally natural in this guy :-)
    Great work you did on this to make it burst into my face !
    Hard to see how it`s related to the background… if it`s a stand alone head or part of a statue?
    Doesn`t matter. It rocks. And I want one :-))
    Awesome take!

  • Thanks mate, I’ll take that as a compliment. ;-) It was a stand alone head btw.

    – Bryan Freeman

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