Butterflies at Nat History Museum (Sig 150)

Discussion in 'Macro, Flowers, Insects, and Greenery' started by johnaalex, Jul 20, 2008.

  1. I went along to the special exhibition at the National History Museum this morning. I think it was well worth the entrance fee (5 quid plus 1.50 booking fee). They sell tickets against a time slot but once you are inside you can stay as long as you like. I got a ticket for the 10.00am slot, the first of the day, and spent about an hour and half there. It is hot and humid so you have to wait for your lenses to de-mist. There is a maze as part of the exhibit, but you can skip that if you want (I did). The other advantage about getting there before 10.00am on a Sunday morning is that there is plenty of free parking in the streets by the museum. Of course if you do not want to drive, South Kensington tube station is right by the museum as well. The exhibition goes on until mid-August.

    BTW - when I got out I soaking wet from sweat:eek:.

    They do not allow flash photography so you really need a sunny day as sunlight is the main source of light. I opted for ISO800 but even then I could have done with more light as f2.8 is quite often too shallow a DoF.

    Anyway, here are some of my better shots taken using my Sigma 150mm and D300. There are a loads more on my flickr site HERE

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    15) One of the front of the museum taken with the Nikon 50mm 1.4
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    Click on any picture for a larger version.
     
  2. John,
    excellent work, excellent series, something tells me that lens is in my future.
    Kevin P.
     
  3. rotxlk82

    rotxlk82

    Jul 20, 2007
    UK
    Very nice work John, you got some real keepers there. I hope the enduring the heat was worth it.
     
  4. Thanks Kevin, I really like this lens I am sure you could give one a good home :wink:.

    Thanks - it was a nice exhibition, I strongly recommend it if you are in the area.
     
  5. Very sharp and detailed with great color, nice work John.
     
  6. Sanford504

    Sanford504

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    Mar 27, 2008
    Yeadon, PA
    Beautiful series. Excellent capture.
     
  7. dstangier

    dstangier

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    Jun 18, 2008
    Oregon
    I'm impressed by the sharpness and variety of colors.

    Dirk
     
  8. Thanks guys - the combination of a D300 and the Sigma does work very well.
     
  9. trwigg

    trwigg

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    Jul 11, 2008
    texas
    John, Those are great shots. Thanks for sharing.