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Gentoo Penguin couple - Antarctica



A pair of Gentoo penguins in Antarctica. She'd probably like him better if he washed his tummy!

A pair of Gentoo penguins in Antarctica. She'd probably like him better if he washed his tummy!
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12 Comments | Report
VadraRenee PRO+
 
VadraRenee January 22, 2017
Lol! Your comment!
Great capture!!!
SueClarkPhoto
SueClarkPhoto January 23, 2017
Thank you! I thought I responded earlier, but it's not showing.
Baumhaus
 
Baumhaus February 12, 2017
...you'll never walk alone :-)
edandaniphone PRO+
 
edandaniphone March 13, 2017
Awesome.
SueClarkPhoto
SueClarkPhoto March 14, 2017
Thank you!
kathyk_abq
 
kathyk_abq March 15, 2017
Sucha sweet capture! :)
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SueClarkPhoto March 16, 2017
Thank you. It is near the top of my favorites.
SuperPhotos PRO
 
SuperPhotos March 20, 2017
Very nice!
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SueClarkPhoto March 21, 2017
Thank you!
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podesta June 10, 2017
fantastic capture, great moment
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SueClarkPhoto June 11, 2017
Thank you!
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estercastillo08 July 28, 2017
Awesome !!
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SueClarkPhoto July 28, 2017
Thanks!
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ToddGrivettiPhotography April 04, 2018
Voted - Everything Nature - Awesome Shot Sue!
garymintz PRO
 
garymintz July 04, 2018
so sweet
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p_eileenbaltz August 24, 2019
Beautiful work! Congratulations on your contest finalist award.
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myramac September 07, 2019
Aww, sweet
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Paknoosh January 31, 2020
Beautiful
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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken in Antarctica on an expedition cruise in the last week of November 2009.
Time
This was taken mid-day. When on an expedition cruise you don't really have a choice of time as only a limited number of passengers are allowed ashore at a time usually for about 2 hours. Then you return to the ship so that others can go ashore.
Lighting
As I explained above, you have little choice of when you get to shoot on these expeditions. I was lucky with the lighting as it was a bright overcast sky.
Equipment
This was shot with my back-up camera (at that time) a Minolta MAXXUM 7D. The lens was probably a 28-200 zoom. No tripod or flash.
Inspiration
Inspiration? I love the penguins! They are so cute and funny you just keep shooting - thank heavens we are in the age of digital! These two were just perfect.
Editing
I did little to this shot except a bit of cropping and a color balance.
In my camera bag
I originally shot on all Minolta cameras and now use Sony since they bought Minolta. Today use the A 99 II with an A900 as a backup. I carry an assortment of Sony and other brand lenses varying as each shooting situation requires. I also have two of the Sony E-mount cameras and several lenses for those.
Feedback
There is nowhere else on earth like Antarctica. If you want to get good pictures of the penguins and other wildlife, you want to take an expedition cruise. These cruises are on small ships with limited people onboard so you can make landings in the Zodiacs right where the penguins are located and they can do pretty much what they want to do and go where they want. For the large ships that cruise the region, you'll only get distant landscapes and tiny black specs for penguins. Your cruise or tour company will provide guidance on the type of clothing to bring - follow what they say! When doing a landing you aren't allowed to take much extra equipment so a good walking-around lens is perfect. You'll also want to have a second battery keeping warm in an inside pocket of your coat - when it's cold out, the batteries go down quickly. Since you cannot control when or where the ship stops, or when mother nature will throw something wonderful at you - you should always have your camera nearby. Know your camera well as you will find that you'll be making adjustments as the light changes. On the landings, I saw a few people using tripods, but I prefer to handhold when it's possible as I can move around so much easier and penguins don't follow instructions like "quit moving around" very well. You can't imagine it - you have to see it in person.

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