A most spectacular area of the museum is the grand hall which contains, inter alia, Sue, the T-rex. Here is a shot of the grand hall from the second floor.
And here is another shot from the ground floor.
Not a great shot, frankly. I wish that I had taken the shot from more directly below the elephants and featured them more fully in the image.
The T-rex proved to be a difficult subject because of her complexity. Rather than trying to capture the entire skeleton, I chose to feature just the head. I tried to focus on her teeth, but finally tried a head-on shot. Again, there is too much going on, but at least the perspective is a bit different.
I had better luck with the other dinosaur exhibits.
I converted this shot to a black & white to reduce the distractions from colored objects in the background. But in the following shot I thought the conversion to black & white, together with the lighting, lent a dramatic element to the shot.
This last was shot at an aperture of f/4 and an ISO of 1000. I underexposed it an by 2/3 f-stop and wound up with a marginal shutter speed of 1/13 second. I was fortunate that this was fast enough to eliminate camera shake. I further darkened the background in post processing. I liked the dramatic quality that this produced. Looks kind of scary, even though this was clearly a vegetable-, not a meat-eater.
Some of my better shots were of representational sculptures, including the following.
I think the lighting really added to the dramatic quality of these last couple of shots.
But my favorite exhibit in the museum, at least on this go-around, was a collection of massive wooden totem poles. Here are some of the better shots from this group.
The lighting in this section of the museum was really quite low, so I had to ramp up the ISO to (for me) a whopping 4000. Even then, with the lens opened up to f/5.6, the shutter speeds were still a very slow 1/8 to 1/3 second. I was fortunate, really, to get relatively sharp images at such slow shutter speeds. The color balance in this gallery was also quite "yellow," so I had some work to do in post processing. However, I am generally very happy with these shots. I think part of what made them successful was the fact that the background was essentially completely dark, adding to the dramatic quality of the images.