Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Photo of the day: Tutankhamen, the Boy King

The King Tut exhibit at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle is magnificent. I suppose to some it would simply be a collection of antiques, but I, myself, could not get over how exquisitely detailed each item in the collection was crafted. This bust of Tutankhamen, for example -- I don't remember what it was carved from, maybe alabaster? -- but look how much care was put into it. It's about life-size, and the artist made sure that the folds of the ear, the shape of the nose, the furrows of the hair were all represented -- then painted in with painstaking care the features of the vulture headdress, the red lips, the line of the eyes, even the red blood vessels in the corner of the eyes. Add the right light -- which the exhibit definitely has -- and it looks marvelous.

Photography is difficult in the exhibit area, because flash is prohibited and the lights are dim. I shot at 800 ISO, not so great on my XSi, but good enough, with patience, to get some magnificent images.

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