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A stunning 25-meter-long blue whale skeleton suspended from the ceiling takes centre stage in Hintze Hall, at the amazing Natural History Museum in London.

The female blue whale was named Hope by the Museum staff, as a symbol of humanity’s power to shape a sustainable future. Blue whales were hunted to the brink of extinction in the twentieth century, but were also one of the first species that humans decided to save on a global scale.

Having been to the museum several times already, I knew exactly where to go as soon as the museum doors opened, and managed to get a few shots before the main hall got filled with visitors. This is a good example of a situation where HDR photography works well. I took 3 shots, one underexposed to capture the detail of the ceiling windows, a standard exposure of the blue-tone lit whale skeleton, and an overexposed shot to catch the architectural details of the main hall – this procedure is called exposure bracketing. I finally merged the 3 images in Lightroom to produce an HDR photograph.

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Posted by Alex Stoen on 2017-12-10 21:22:19

Tagged: , Alex Stoen Photography , Blue Whale , Canon EOS 1DX , Great Britain , Hintze Hall , Hope , London , NHM , Natural History Musuem , United Kingdom

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