Here is something we can learn from ViewBug PRO member jayneryan about the techniques and story behind this awarded photo.

jayneryan, where did you take this photo?

I took this photo from a very bouncy zodiac in Antarctica! It never gets completely dark in January in Antarctica but this particular day it was cloudy so a bit challenging to get the settings just right for a good action shot as the penguins plopped into the ocean!

Anything worth sharing about lighting?

The light in Antarctica was constantly challenging for photography, this was my second trip and I had to learn to trust my own judgment and not listen to others too much as far as settings. I learned a lot this trip!

What equipment did you use?

Nikon D4s, 70-200mm lens. More equipment would have been nice but not practical on snow, ice, rough seas in a zodiac, and cold temperatures!

What inspired you to take this photo?

EVERYTHING inspired me in Antarctica! I think it is my favorite place on Earth.

Did you do any post-processing? If yes, tell us about it!

I only have Lightroom for processing and I know there are probably a trillion things it can do that I will never find. But I adjust the exposure a little and enhanced sharpness and straighten the image since I was bobbing around a lot. But that's about it, I like things to look as close to how I experienced them as possible!

What equipment do you normally have in your bag?

I carry extra batteries in cold climates, a wide-angle lens, and a cloth to wipe my lens clean. That's about it. The environment and elements are challenging enough without having to carry extra weight.

Any advice for others trying to capture something similar?

Find a good zodiac driver! It also requires some good luck. Be flexible. Antarctica can be unpredictable and plans to actually see something specific can lead to much frustration. Enjoy the beauty and uniqueness of every situation.