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Museum Photography

Do you like to take photos in museums?  It’s very challenging…  To me, I like to try to take a photo of the actual museum or a photo of some art and its relation to the museum.  I find taking photos just of the art itself to be a little boring. It seems so obvious… and it seems like kind of a disservice to the art itself, unless you are adding something new or seeing it in a new light. It depends on the art, of course. A photo of a painting always falls flat, but a photo of a statue can be interesting.

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And so it was with the emperor here in the Capital Museum in Beijing.

Do you know how hard it was to get permission to use a tripod in here? It was very very hard. And, the permission part had to be in Chinese, which adds a whole new layer of complexity to the permission-gaining-process. But, luckily I had a little team there helping me out with this stuff, and that made life a lot easier. After all the paperwork was squared away and three redundant layers of government officials were satisfied, the light was perfect for this shot. I rushed over to take it before the ink was dry!

He Watches And so it was with the emperor here in the Capital Museum in Beijing.Do you know how hard it was to get permission to use a tripod in here? It was very very hard. And, the permission part had to be in Chinese, which adds a whole new layer of complexity to the permission-gaining-process. But, luckily I had a little team there helping me out with this stuff, and that made life a lot easier. After all the paperwork was squared away and three redundant layers of government officials were satisfied, the light was perfect for this shot. I rushed over to take it before the ink was dry!- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matthew-Gaston/1008502873 Matthew Gaston

    you’ve gotta love the texture in the walls!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PRUZYIT5ASYXVXKFIVWVXFTL4U Susan

    Wow – he’s magnificent – love his hands!

  • Matthew Lusk

    Great picture Trey. The angles behind the statue are very neat.

  • Vincent Randal

    As for animal hilarity here’s a dog with a really long tongue from when he was a pup and now all grownup. SSSSSSSSLLLLLLLUUUUURRRRPPPPPP!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6Wo9BXtk-Q&feature=share

  • Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks!

  • Casper van Zyl

    Well seen, well captured .I was there as well but rushed only had about half hour and thought it was a waste ,as one needs at least half a day to wonder around as there is so much to see and capture. I now carry a monopod in my bag and it looks like a handle hanging from the camera,but when no one is looking I can extend it and hold it to the rails and fire away,just an added suport item. Food for thought. And it is challenging.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4N3U5UT4VPUPB2O3YNMKW46VBY Gail M

    Nice photo, Trey!!  Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms that visit your website.  Have a great day :-)

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RQGR2Y4Q2RYZVCX53CMFGEEQ7I Michael

    Hi Trey,
    you mentioned some trouble about getting a permission to use a tripod in the museum. Could you go a little more into detail, how you ask for a permission in general. e.g. the Louvre etc. Is it just a simple inquiry for the usage, more of a beg or like convincing with examples from this blog etc.

    A little light into this darkness would be highly appreciated.

    Mika

  • http://www.cameronbrown.ca Cameron Brown

    Sweet

  • bob prangnell

    Learn to hand-hold and you won’t have this hassle.

  • Trey Ratcliff

    Thank you! :)

  • Trey Ratcliff

    My local contact helped me since it was all in Chinese.

  • Vaibhav Dandavate

    The light is perfect for how you have set up the shot. Beautiful composition.

    To me, before I read the background story about this picture, the right side of the shot seemed a bit distracting. But now that I read about it and understand that this is in a museum… adds a totally different perspective.

    Thanks, as always, for sharing your work.

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