Seeing Red

Shooting in black and white can be rewarding and on a recent visit to London I visited the British Museum to explore and take some shots of this great building.

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By adding a red filter to your lens the contrast between light and dark is enhanced which can help you create striking black and white architectural images. One drawback of shooting through a filter is less light reaches the camera which may mean slower shutter speeds; luckily the iconic Foster and Partners glazed canopy at the museum lets in plenty of daylight so I was able to shoot freely without a tripod.

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The large courtyard in the centre of the museum used to be a garden but the intricate atrium roof has created a unique museum space which currently houses some interesting installations. 

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This was my first visit to the museum and I'll definitely return when I have more time to explore all the exhibits. If you haven't been before I highly recommend visiting purely to see the roof. This view from a first floor balcony is a good spot to appreciate its full impact.

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