Just One Shot: Mighty Frame / by Martin Siggers

Natural History Museum, London Olympus OM-D E-M5, Olympus 17mm f/2.8@f/5.6, 1/60, ISO800

Natural History Museum, London
Olympus OM-D E-M5, Olympus 17mm f/2.8@f/5.6, 1/60, ISO800

This gigantic skeleton is of a Blue Whale, aka the largest animal to have ever existed. The Natural History Museum have it suspended from the roof of one of their animal display halls, reinforced by the giant metal brackets you see in the picture.

This was tricky to compose because there are a vast number of extraneous elements that had to be framed out of the shot. As a result it fails to quite communicate the massive scale I had been going for, but I still think it's dramatic enough to warrant a place here. As ever with indoor shoooting of large objects, it's tricky to balance the need for depth of field with the desire to open the lens up as wide as possible. Micro 4/3's greater natural DoF helps in this regard, but I still think if I had the chance again I might have stopped down a litttle more.