Sir Humphry Davy at the Ri

In the summer of 2009, I attended a conference at the Royal Institution, not the first, I hasten to add, but the first at which I had my Panasonic Lumix (12x optical zoom) and an 8Gb SD card, so I took every opportunity to grab some arty snaps in this distinctly scientific arena.


Pictured is a bust of Sir Humphry Davy, 1st Baronet FRS MRIA (born 17 December 1778, died 29 May 1829). Sir Humphry was a British chemist and inventor and is perhaps best remembered for his discoveries of several alkali and alkaline earth metals, as well as contributions to the discoveries of the elemental nature of chlorine and iodine.

He also invented the eponymous miners’ safety lamp, which allowed miners to enter areas without fear of explosion caused by the naked flame of previous lamps.

Anyway, photographically speaking, I was pleased with the light balance despite shooting straight at a bright window.