Museums are often in very old or very modern/abstract buildings. They provide great opportunities to make some great pictures.
The other day we were in the Zoological museum in Helsinki.
The outside of the building isn’t particularly beautiful (at least I don’t think so), but the inside is absolutely great! The stair cases there (among others) have some great curves that come out beautifully in black and white.
D200, ISO100, 1/4 sec @ f/11, Tamron 28-75mm
Having guests over is really a good opportunity to go around to places you haven’t been to yourself.
Today we visited Hvitträsk (= White lake), an “old” mansion in Kirkkonummi, where even my better half hasn’t been before (and she’s lived in this country her whole life!).
It’s a stylish old house, designed by three architects in the end of the 19th century. It was in either one of the architects’ possession until 1949, after which it was sold to a private person. In 1969 it was sold to a private fund who turned it into a museum and in the early 80s the Finnish state got ownership. Now it’s slowly restored into its original state.
It’s a beautiful building in a beautiful area.
D200, ISO100, 0.7 sec @ f/32, Sigma 10-20mm
D200, ISO100, 30 sec @ f/11, Sigma 10-20mm
D200, ISO100, 1 sec @ f/16, Sigma 10-20 mm
Oh… And if you’re interested in those three architects I was talking about… There’s very little on them in the English wikipedia, but here are the names (the links go to the Finnish wikipedia): Herman Gesellius, Armas Lindgren, and Eliel Saarinen.