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Natural History Museum - A Different Side - London by Bryan Freeman

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Took this on our trip to the UK in April 2010.

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.

Canon 7D
Canon Lens 15-85mm

HDR, 3 handheld (bracketed) photos, combined & tonemapped using Photomatix.

28 January 2011 Featured in HDR Photography

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British Museum below:

The following is from Wikipedia:

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:

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:

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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  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKabout 4 years ago

    A stunning capture of the British Museum with brilliant light and colours.

  • Thanks very much Don, appreciate it.

    – Bryan Freeman

  • SPFisher
    SPFisherabout 4 years ago

    just so stunning bryan! i’m not usually a big fan of hdr, but this is just so subtle and beautifully done :)

  • Thanks for your great comment Simone. Sometimes I like to use HDR just to weven out the shaows and highlights a bit and this building really doesn’t need anything fancy done in PS to make it look amazing. I’m very happy you like it.

    – Bryan Freeman

  • darrenmars
    darrenmarsabout 4 years ago

    look at that yummy light! Well shot Bryan

  • Thanks for that Darren.

    – Bryan Freeman

  • Philip Johnson
    Philip Johnsonabout 4 years ago

  • Awesome news! Thanks very much Phillip.

    – Bryan Freeman

  • Malcolm Katon
    Malcolm Katonabout 4 years ago

    Great work Bryan!!

  • Thanks very much Malcolm

    – Bryan Freeman

  • Inge Johnsson
    Inge Johnssonabout 4 years ago

    Brilliant architecture shot!

  • Thanks very much Inge, appreciate you taking the time to post a comment.

    – Bryan Freeman

  • vaggypar
    vaggyparabout 4 years ago

    Lovely Work .!!

  • Thanks very much, appreciated.

    – Bryan Freeman

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerabout 4 years ago

    Excellent capture !

  • Thanks for that Trish, appreciate you stopping by.

    – Bryan Freeman

  • Damienne Bingham
    Damienne Binghamalmost 4 years ago

    Fantastic photo, I had no idea how beautiful this building was! Again you’ve really shown off the architecture to its utmost – great viewpoint!

  • Thanks very much Damienne, (sorry ’bout the late reply)

    – Bryan Freeman

  • Harry Oldmeadow
    Harry Oldmeadowalmost 4 years ago

    impressive building beautifully captured Bryan

  • Thanks Harry, glad you like it.

    – Bryan Freeman

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