Adventures on Film :: LA's Natural History Museum

Back in February, the girls and I spent a day up in LA, and I left my dSLR behind in favor of my dad’s old Nikon FM with a fresh roll of Kodak Ektar 100 film, which I hadn’t tried before. With it only being 100 speed, I knew I was pushing it in the darker areas of the museum, and I thought for sure half the roll would turn out blurry and dark (most of the interior shots were taken at about f/2, 1/30). But when I finally finished the roll and got it developed, I was in love with the results!

For this day trip we started out with brunch at Luca on Sunset, which was seriously delicious, and I hope to get there again next time I’m in the area. We stopped by Necromance to see their amazing taxidermy (albino peacock!) and browse their curiosities, but there was no photos allowed, dangit. Then we headed over to the main event for the day, the Natural History Museum. I don’t remember ever going there, although my parents assured me I did when I was little.

At any rate, I just loved the building itself, and their new dinosaur installation is incredible. So much to do! But I love that they still kept their old school dioramas and other displays. Even the new entrance with it’s vertical rock wall (behind Katie below) was awesome.

Ellingsen Photography LA Natural History Museum-Katie
Ellingsen Photography LA Natural History Museum Old Entrance Ceiling
Ellingsen Photography LA Natural History Museum Elephants
Ellingsen Photography LA Natural History Museum Buffalo
Ellingsen Photography LA Natural History Museum Polar Bear
Ellingsen Photography LA Natural History Museum Tusks
Ellingsen Photography LA Natural History Museum T-Rex
Ellingsen Photography LA Natural History Museum-The Girls
Ellingsen Photography LA Natural History Museum Proust Quote

Don’t you just love that quote? As the museum was starting to close, we headed over to Nikki and Katie’s favorite bar in LA, Tiki Ti. It’s tiny, cash only, their drinks pack a hell of a punch, and the atmosphere is amazing. I loved it – highly recommended as a cap to a fantastic day!  :)

xoxo