Martin Soler Photography

Glass snakes of V&A Museum

Glass sculpture in the entrance of the Victoria and Albert Museum London

Glass sculpture in the entrance of the Victoria and Albert Museum London

I was in London over the Christmas holidays and I must say London is another one of those photogenic cities like Paris that are a heaven for hobby photographers like me.

On our last day a friend of ours had advised us to go to the Victoria and Albert museum, and she was right. We didn’t manage to see everything and could have spent a lot of time there. However in the entrance I saw this fantastic ceiling and amazing glass sculpture that look like snakes.

I didn’t have my tripod with me and even if I did I doubt they would have allowed me to take it out, since I had to take this photo from the middle of the walkway. So I had to increase the ISO and hold the camera real steady as I was almost lying on the ground to get the whole shot. This is an HDR shot (three photos merged into one).

When I saw the scene it reminded me of one of Trey Ratcliff’s shots and I tried to do something similar (from memory as I can’t find hit photo any more).

What struck me the most with this scene was the contrast between the sculpture and the dome and that is what I tried to show here. It is an HDR photo which I post processed in Lightroom.

Details:  Aperture: f/4.0  –  Exposure: 1/40 sec  –  Focal lengths: 10mm  –  Iso: 800

I edited the photo with Topaz to try and get out the hazy feel, here is the result:

Victoria and Albert Museum adjusted with Topaz

Victoria and Albert Museum adjusted with Topaz

This entry was published on December 29, 2009 at 10:41 pm. It’s filed under Buildings, Canon 500D, HDR, interior photo, London, sculpture and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

2 thoughts on “Glass snakes of V&A Museum

  1. thanks this article it’s very nice

  2. I ended up on your blog from another site, and I must say- I’m so glad I ended up here! I visited London in 2004 during spring break in college, and I’m dying to go back. This shot, in particular, was one that I remember trying to get from all angles. I’m not much of a photographer, but as an amateur I have fun trying! The V&A was fascinating- the William Morris room stands out the most in my mind, right after the “snake” sculpture. Fabulous work- congratulations!

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