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Southbound on the Penguin Highway



4 Gentoo penguins marching (they were really waddling but, marching sounds so much better) on their way down to the shore along one of the many "Penguin Hi...
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4 Gentoo penguins marching (they were really waddling but, marching sounds so much better) on their way down to the shore along one of the many "Penguin Highways" in Antarctica.
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23 Comments | Report
edrobson Premium
 
edrobson August 18, 2017
Awesome.
peterjacoby
peterjacoby August 18, 2017
Thanks!
Lesabre1954 PRO
 
Lesabre1954 September 09, 2017
Synchronized shooting! Great capture!
peterjacoby
peterjacoby September 10, 2017
Thanks!
Hood PRO+
 
Hood September 23, 2017
Brilliant!!!
peterjacoby
peterjacoby September 23, 2017
Thx!
artyfartylens
 
artyfartylens September 24, 2017
Love this
davidparkhurst
 
davidparkhurst September 24, 2017
Very very good
Marcpen
 
Marcpen September 25, 2017
Brilliant shot, well done!
normg123 PRO+
 
normg123 January 07, 2018
How did you get them to stand that way? And get such a great exposure against all that white??
peterjacoby
peterjacoby January 28, 2018
I took a burst of 6 shots and they were all lined up in the 4th one. I exposed for the snow resulting in a dark image that had all the details and then I raised the exposure as needed in post.
Egoryan
 
Egoryan February 26, 2018
Oh, I even know their names! Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private!
neem
 
neem March 15, 2018
This photo made me chuckle. Excellent capture :)
Witmar
 
Witmar March 15, 2018
wonderful picture
Alfredo_Jose PRO+
 
Alfredo_Jose March 15, 2018
Excellent photograph!
Indigo_Mac
 
Indigo_Mac March 15, 2018
Nice shot
peterjacoby
peterjacoby March 15, 2018
Thx!
annmor PRO
 
annmor March 16, 2018
Brilliant!
premalpatel PRO+
 
premalpatel March 16, 2018
Very well taken
Lifeye
 
Lifeye March 16, 2018
Magnificent capture!! Love the coordination in tbeir march, and that you caught it! ;)
NeraGozalo
 
NeraGozalo March 17, 2018
lol! what a great picture,
sterretje
 
sterretje March 29, 2018
Congratulations... Wonderful photo!!!
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Pidge815 April 10, 2018
Amazing photo!
redsponge
 
redsponge October 18, 2018
OMG - GREAT CAPTURE!
bobbybryant PRO
 
bobbybryant November 26, 2018
“C’mon, dude! You’re slowing everybody down by dragging your feet!”
pfindlay
 
pfindlay Mar 19
I love this. Great capture.
Jillybean56
 
Jillybean56 Apr 12
I love it!
mandarose
 
mandarose Jul 19
What a joyous photo of the little fellows. Many congratulations. Well deserved : )

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken in Antarctica.
Time
The picture was taken mid afternoon.
Lighting
Near the Antarctic circle, the sun is never very high in the sky so there's the possibility of good light pretty much all day long, as long as the weather co-operates. On the other hand, bright sun and lots of clean white snow with wildlife that's mostly black & white means you have to shoot to preserve highlights and post process to bring everything back to the correct brightness.
Equipment
This picture was taken handheld with a Canon 80D and an EF 100-400 L II.
Inspiration
With adorable penguins that are unafraid of people completely surrounding you, there's something to take a picture of in pretty much in every direction at every moment when on shore. Add in birds, seals, some mountains, blue skies or clouds & snowflakes and you don't need inspiration, you need to stop pick a subject and concentrate on some small area so as not to be overwhelmed by how many different directions you'd like to point your camera.
Editing
Shooting penguins that are almost completely black & white against bright white snow is a bit of a challenge. Underexposing to preserve highlights and post-processing to bring the scene back to the way it looked in person is a must. The histogram for this picture is a tall & narrow mountain up near right side and probably not an example of what a "good" histogram should look like.
In my camera bag
I typically carry 3 lenses while traveling, a Sigma 8-16, Canon's 18-135 kit lens, and either a Canon 100-400 L II for longer reach & better image quality or the Canon 70-300 L for lighter weight if I'm hiking more and not expecting lot's of wildlife. If conditions aren't great for changing lenses, I'll bring a 70D as a 2nd body and leave the longer lens on the 80D the whole time.
Feedback
I'd love to say I planned this shot or was even hoping to get something that looked like this but, the fact is, i took a good number of pictures of penguins traveling their "highways" and things just unexpectedly lined up perfectly for this one shot. There were a good number of other keepers but, none as perfect as this one. Penguins in the Antarctic go about their business pretty much ignoring the presence of people. Occasionally they'll come right up to someone to investigate them or more usually make a small detour to avoid getting too close but, in general they just keep on waddling as if you weren't there. That means you can park yourself pretty much anywhere and wait for them to do interesting things. Get on your knees or lie down so you're at their eye level - that is the best advice I got for wildlife photography and makes a huge difference. Next is to pick your angle so you get a good background behind your subject - a simple background that helps draw attention to the subject such as a blue sky or the plain white snow in this one is great. If it's a busy background, try to make sure it's a good distance away so it's blurred and allows your main subject to stand out.

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