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Movement in the Natural History Museum

It has been a little while since I have posted anything so thought I would share these. I'm not sure they work, but as I keep coming back to them, there must be something I like.

We went to meet some friends in the natural history museum at the weekend and during lunch the little one got a bit fractious so I took him off for a walk. He quickly fell asleep so I used the time to sit and watch the visitors go by.

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Re: Movement in the Natural History Museum

I much prefer the second one but think the figures are to dark or too light.
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Re: Movement in the Natural History Museum

I prefer the first and I love the way the figures seem to merge with the railings of the upper tier and its supporting brackets, yet remain distinct due to the contrasting tones. The figure on the upper tier relates well to the figures below and is the special ingredient that makes the picture perfect IMO. It's the best creative picture I've seen in a long time and I would be thrilled if I had taken it.
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Re: Movement in the Natural History Museum

I like them too - very unusual idea well done.
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Re: Movement in the Natural History Museum

Oooh - very nice indeed. Great idea and delightfully executed. Given me an idea so thanks for that.

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Re: Movement in the Natural History Museum

The first one for me... I don't think there's enough movement in the second one, plus the people on the higher walkway draw your eye around the frame.
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Re: Movement in the Natural History Museum

Great idea, and one worth spending some time with to develop it further. I think more movement would make a better picture, plus I'd prefer if it was mine to have the building/structure darker and the moving people lighter in tone.

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Re: Movement in the Natural History Museum

The first one is loads better. I think the figures need to be darkish and almost silhouettes. Gives a more abstract feel and as a result their out of focusness is acceptable. If lighter, I think a lot of the impact would be lost.
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Re: Movement in the Natural History Museum

The first one is loads better. You need that movement on the walkway in #1 and don't need the still people on the walkway in #2. Also you seem just a tad too close to the children in #2 and I don't think the different heights of the people in the forground work very well.

Great idea and well executed as timing is everything and you have to wait for the shot to come together.
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Re: Movement in the Natural History Museum

I have to echo the comments of everyone here as both images really give a sense of the activity going on in a museum. Number one is my favourite. I particularly like the distortion of the figures, two of whom seem to have elongated necks and partially transparent heads.

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Re: Movement in the Natural History Museum

Thanks for all your comments. These were the best I had out of about 25 attempts, I either just missed people or struggled with the slower shutter speeds giving me pictures with either very nice blurred people on horrible blurry backgrounds or not enough blur in the people to give any sense of movement.

In a way, I kind of wish that the second one had worked out better. I think having a parent and the little ones in the image is more representative of the visitors to the museum.

However, it was the first image that I kept coming back to and is one that I am pleased enough with to think about revisiting the idea. Next time I need to be better prepared and take along a small tripod or some other support and will just need to wait for that picture to come along.

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