No wrong tags here. This is a blog post with pictures taken in Los Angeles. At the Getty Museum to be more precise.
During our last vacation in the USA we also visited the Getty Museum again. It’s a great place on a wonderful location. There was not a single cloud in the sky and in Europe nobody in his right mind would visit a museum on such a beautiful day. Museums visits are reserved for poor weather. But in Southern California there are so many sunny days that it doesn’t feel strange to visit a museum on a sunny day.
This time we even visited some dark caves!
At the time of our visit there was a special exhibition. The Getty Museum had some replicas of the cave temples of Dunhuang/China. What a great opportunity to see this beautiful cave temples. And ii was very convenient too. There is no need to travel to a remote place in central China. All we needed to do was to enter the small train that gets you up to the museum.
Of course we had to stand in line for about half an hour before we were aloud to enter as many visitors wanted to get a glimpse on Chinese history.
It’s impressive how detailed and colourful those temples are especially when you consider that they are about 800 to 1.600 years old. The monks built more than 1.000 cave temples, about 500 of them still exist today.
Inside it was rather dark and the caves were small. Not the best conditions to take pictures but luckily the groups were small so I was able to take some images. I even captured some shots with no other people in the frame. I guess it helped that I learned to shoot fast and of course that thanks to the excellent high ISO performance of todays cameras there is no need for a tripod. I stopped the XF 14/2.8 R down to f4 to increase edge sharpness and set minimum shutter speed to 1/40s to make sure that I don’t loose any images because of camera shake.
Today it’s so simple to get good shots even in very low light. Of course that’s only true if you shoot with a real camera. I doubt that all the smartphone shots turned out that nice.
What a great experience. I think I have to visit the real caves some day.
We like the Getty Center a lot. It’s such a beautiful complex made of bright stone located on the top of a hill. Of course it is also a typical American museum. Sponsored by Paul J. Getty. An oil tycoon who used to be the richest man of the world. But at least he used a part of his wealth to create something really beautiful. Today the world is full of super rich people but very few spend a part of their fortune to give something back to the society.
Honestly I can’t understand why. It’s an easy and elegant way to be remembered. So in case that you are super rich and read those lines: Consider to create something instead of purchasing another island.