The latest gallery at the Natural History Museum in London has opened. Called the Treasures Gallery, it houses some of the most prized finds in natural world such as the Archaeopteryx fossil, a Dodo skeleton, On the Origin of Species book and Guy the gorilla.
I was asked to photograph much of the collection for the Museum before the exhibits went on display. Helped by my friend Dr Richard Smith, I spent two days at the museum shooting stills of the exhibits on the Nikon D800.
Lighting was integral to making the exhibits come alive and I used a variety of setups, but all based around Elinchrom studio strobes with a variety of light shapers. I shot the D800 tethered to Aperture so that we could see the final images immediately and inspect for focus. The image of Guy the Gorilla above was shot with three strobes; one key to camera left, one softboxed filling from the right and and backlight gelled to warm up.
You can see the pictures on the Museum’s website and in a short film on there too.