This last week I had another opportunity to visit the National Anthropology Museum in Mexico City. After not having been there for several years, last year I was able to return and used the opportunity to scout it out and get some ideas for images I wanted to make. One of the benefits of living someplace is the ability to scout locations and return at different times of the day or year. A side benefit of having lots of visitors come and taking them around to places! The museum has a great web site (though only in Spanish), which you can visit here.
As with all museums, flash photography is forbidden to help preserve delicate artifacts. This meant I would have to use high ISO and a lens I could open up quite a bit. My Tamron 17-50mm goes down to a F2.8, which is pretty good and gives me a fair amount of light to work with, meaning I can hand-hold at a decent shutter speed (tripods are also forbidden).
Below are a couple of images I captured from this latest excursion:
Shutter Speed: 1/8s
Shutter Speed: 1/60s
Shutter Speed: 1/13s
The museum lighting is actually pretty neat with a lot of these pieces, accentuating the stone and its texture, as well as isolating the pieces. In the last one I did need to use Photoshop to eliminate some lights that were visible in the background above the piece.
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