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Penguins making tracks in the snow



Before this encounter I had no idea what penguin tracks looked like (most of the times I have photographed them they were in thick, hard snow or on bare ice). T...
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Before this encounter I had no idea what penguin tracks looked like (most of the times I have photographed them they were in thick, hard snow or on bare ice). The recently frozen sea ice and a light dusting of snow made the perfect combination to see the individuality of these tracks. You can see each footprint clearly and the zig-zag line connecting them all is from the tail being dragged along the ground. It was such a joy to see something so unique and new to me while shooting!
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Behind The Lens

Location
I was working in Mcmurdo Station, Antarctica when I took this photo.
Time
It was around midday when these guys came up near station, however due to the time of year and the fact that we were transitioning into winter (with 24 hour darkness) the sun was at a much lower angle and mimicked pre-sunset lighting.
Lighting
It was quite dreary that day with a lot of cloud cover with created a nice diffused light.
Equipment
This was shot with a Nikon D7000 and a Nikkor 18-105.
Inspiration
I had never seen penguin tracks before and I just loved how unique they were!
Editing
I lightened the entire image a bit and gave it a small bump in clarity.
In my camera bag
When I travel I am usually away from home for a month or two at a time. This means I have extremely limited space and weight available for gear. I also know the risk of damage or theft is high, so I try not to take anything that would be devestating to lose. My travel go-tos are a Nikon D7000, a Nikkor 18-105, a Tokina 11-16 F2.8 a few polarizing filters and a Joby gorilla pod (my absolute favorite travel accessory). If I have the space and know there will be an abudance of wildlife where I am going then I pack a Tamaron 70-200 F2.8 and a Nikkor 50 F1.8.
Feedback
I find that wildlife photos are a combination of serendipity and a lot of patience. Other than that, I think the most interesting photos are ones that include elements of the environment or give some context or story to what the animals are doing.

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