The British Museum

Hi London Friends!

During our workshop in London, we took a lunchtime walk over to this museum. We had a great time, evading security every which way. I have good memories of my times there with that nice group of people… I very much enjoyed it!

I edited this shot during the class. It came out so nicely, I decided to post it here!

Daily Photo – The British Museum

So, this museum has the Rosetta Stone — what else do you need to know? And if it’s got that, you know it has some other amazing things as well. I spent two days there — one shooting and one exploring! Okay, well, both shooting.

When the whole class went inside, there were a ton of us with tripods. We gathered around outside before we went in with our gameplan. Our strategy was simple: “Spread out and shoot. They can’t catch us all.” So we did exactly that and flew to the four winds. The guards were on their earphones nonstop trying to figure out what was happening with this flash mob. They would catch one, then run to the next, then the next. They got confused on who that had told to stop and who they hadn’t, so it was easy to be a repeat offender. In the end, no one was thrown out… it’s sort of a testament to not worrying about it all… just go for it!

HDR Photo

  • Very Cool Shot! That ceiling is amazing!

  • Z

    Very Symmetrical. Love the blue color of the sky filtering through the ceiling.

  • I should really have visited here – i opted for the imperial war museum instead which was still very cool.

    Some of the places in London were so over-the-top about photography. I was photographing one of the buildings on London Wall from the street OUTSIDE and was accosted by a black-suited security clone – absolutely ridiculous if you ask me but at least there were other victories over jobsworth security all over London that day – well done to all involved ๐Ÿ™‚

    Here’s my efforts from the imperial war museum :-

  • indeed very interesting ceiling! very well captured!

  • Chris

    As one of the “flash Mob” it was a fun couple of hours trying to avoid the guards and get your shots.
    I think at the end they (the guards) had given up and resigned themselves to the fact that we couldn’t be stopped!
    Great shot Trey and a pleasure to work with you both shooting and processing after.

  • Nice perspective !

    They also have the Stolen Greek Parthenon marbles !

  • petrov

    man WHEN YOU WILL POST a NEW HDR TUTORIAL…..? come on christmas is coming….

  • casusan

    Wonderful shot – love the ceiling and the perspective -know all of you had fun!

  • Patrick Ahles

    A flash mob without flashes… ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Great shot!

    @petrov: why do you need a new tutorial? Is the old one broken?

  • Epic ceiling indeed… What lens was this shot with?

  • Gail in Montana

    Love the photo, Trey!!! That’s an amazing ceiling, and what a neat entrance. What a cute story, too, lol. Made me laugh out loud!!!! I can just picture you photo types running around the museum avoiding the guards ๐Ÿ˜‰ Just be glad you all aren’t here where we are with out below zero temp’s!!! Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in the U.S.

  • Gail in Montana

    P.S. Do you know why most of us can’t sign in with our facebook ID anymore?????

  • Great shot as usual Trey! One thing to add, I think this one would look great with a run through Silver Efex Pro! Other than that, I love it!

  • Richard (oldhickory)

    Love the shot! Great story too. That must have been a hoot!

  • This is a classical view that we have seen a lot of times in Flickr and also processed as HDR. The symmetrical composition and the geometries are so good. But, from my point of view, there is blue cast in this picture and the white balance is not correct, and this pic need to reduce the blue/cyan tones.

  • petrov

    @Patrick Ahles well is not ” broken ” but is kinda old and maybe trey will post another tutorial with new triks…. i want to learn more about hdr… and i don’t have the money to buy the cd it cost to much thea cheap onme cost 99$ and here in Romania minimum wage is 150$ sad isn’t ? you made me sad…

  • What a cool shot, I love this ceiling!

  • Hugs @ Petrov ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Thanks!

    Eden – this is with the 12-24

    Petrov – I am actually tweaking it a bit this week.. no big changes

  • Are you not allowed to take photos at the museum?

    I went into the Museum of Natural History in London and there were no issues there. My HDR photo from that trip here in case anyone is interested:

  • Jon

    Hey Trey, I remember you taking this shot that sure was a fun day. I also enjoyed watching how you created this picture in the post processing as it gave me some new ideas. I have not posted my version of tis picture maybe I should.

  • The literal meaning of the word is often tortured, but your work is…inspiring.
    Alternately, the Burning Man series — with new equipment, new challenges — has been dispiriting in its sheer creative genius.
    Thank you for generously sharing your images, as well as your insight.

  • I really like the symmetry and the pattern created by the glass ceiling.

  • Julie

    I love that ceiling!! It is the best part of the photo.

  • Chris

    @ Servalpe.
    To be fair the roof casts a blue hue over the whole interior. I would say that the picture is a true representation of the actual light and hue that fell on the museum that day. I have processed all my shots (HDR & otherwise) of the day i have the same cast.

  • @Chris. OK, then, if you said that this blue cast was due to ceiling and sky conditions of this day, I should believe, although I have seen other pics in Google without the hue, but who knows the conditions: wheather, hour, clouds, … But the cast should be in the exposures too, not only in the HDR, as we know that postprocessing can change the color temperature.

    Thx Chris for your reponse.



  • Patrick Ahles

    @Petrov: not sure why I made you sad… It’s just that the tutorial is still great, I wouldn’t call it old. It’s a guideline that still applies.

  • What Trey didn’t say is that a bunch of Egyptian relics were stolen from the museum that day. Apparently the security guards were all distracted by some idiots with tripods.

    Thanks again for a great course Trey – totally recommended for anyone who’s in the right place at the right time.

    I posted the hdr pics I took at the British Museum here –

  • Glad you made it to the Museum to get that shot, loving it! I toook almost the same photo myself years ago with a point and shoot from that very spot, and ever since i got my dslr and learned about HDR ive been dying to get back ever since!

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  • American in London

    This, in fact, is not the British Museum but the British Library. The British Museum is less than a mile away towards Bloomsbury. The British Library is next St Pancras Station.

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