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These juvenile Rockhopper penguins are too young to swim. So, like human teenagers they are "chilling out" together! I've titlled this amazing t...
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These juvenile Rockhopper penguins are too young to swim. So, like human teenagers they are "chilling out" together! I've titlled this amazing timely capture "The Junior Rockhopper Choir"! It appears as if they are all singing together with their beaks open simultaneously!
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Awards

Contest Finalist in Celebrating Nature Photo Contest Vol 7
Contest Finalist in Covers Photo Contest Volume6
9Teen Award
Contest Finalist in Wildlife Families Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Monthly Pro Photo Contest Volume5
Contest Finalist in Social Exposure Photo Contest Vol 25
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Peer Award
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Magnificent Capture
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Top Choice
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Absolute Masterpiece
yvonnechristinebannister annmor borbalamarko Paul_Joslin RagaRanga MikeHiggins sallythecat +7
Superb Composition
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Outstanding Creativity
nicken Flaviodurao johnoehlmann jaroslavsame JjrGPeppard
All Star
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Virtuoso
GigiJim08
Superior Skill
ASCHAEFS

Emotions

Impressed
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Happy
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Top ClassTM

Celebrating Nature Photo Contest Vol 7Top 10 class
Celebrating Nature Photo Contest Vol 7Top 10 class week 1
Together Photo ContestTop 30 class
Together Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
photographyawards2019Top 10 class
photographyawards2019Top 10 class week 2
Covers Photo Contest Volume6Top 20 class
Covers Photo Contest Volume6Top 30 class week 2
Covers Photo Contest Volume6Top 20 class week 1
Wildlife Families Photo ContestTop 30 class
Monthly Pro Photo Contest Volume5Top 10 class
Monthly Pro Photo Contest Volume5Top 10 class week 2
Wildlife Families Photo ContestTop 30 class week 1
My Best New Shot Photo Contest vol1Top 10 class
Monthly Pro Photo Contest Volume5Top 10 class week 1
My Best New Shot Photo Contest vol1Top 10 class week 1
Image Of The Month Photo Contest Vol 50Top 10 class
Image Of The Month Photo Contest Vol 50Top 10 class week 2
Social Exposure Photo Contest Vol 25Top 10 class
Image Of The Month Photo Contest Vol 50Top 10 class week 1
Social Exposure Photo Contest Vol 25Top 10 class week 1
Covers Photo Contest Volume5Top 20 class
Covers Photo Contest Volume5Top 20 class week 1

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GigiJim08 PRO+
 
GigiJim08 December 14, 2019
This is really great capture. Congratulations on your award in this capture. Anyway, it is good that I see you here in Viewbug. This is Gigi, we met in Natgeo.
joeMedrek PRO
 
joeMedrek December 31, 2019
Gossiping at the water cooler
Luminous_Explorer PRO+
Luminous_Explorer December 31, 2019
Yup the South Atlantic is some big water cooler Joe! Thanks!
vb2017 PRO+
 
vb2017 Jan 18
Congratulations! Great photo!
Nancy1958 PRO
 
Nancy1958 Jan 26
Congratulations on you awards. This is a fantastic and very unique capture!
Luminous_Explorer PRO+
I was over the moon to capture them all "singing" at the same time! Thank you dear Nancy.

Behind The Lens

Location
The ship docked in Stanley the capital of the Falkland Islands. We were driven to the Murrell farm to which we transferred to a 4 wheel drive vehicle. The ride across open farm fields was in itself a laughable adventure! We were bumped and tossed on our way to our coastal destination which was Kidney Cove.
Time
It was just around ten on this sunny spring morning. A cool wind blew off the South Atlantic ocean.
Lighting
The highlights on their bodies provided beautiful rim lighting of these Rockhopper chicks fur, creating a natural separation of their bodies. I was very conscious of their white fur and underexposed intentionally. Mentally as soon as I see anything white, my fingers find my compensation dial! It's a very handy mental red flag!
Equipment
Sony10 IV. It's mirrorless and has an amazing range with 24-600mm Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T Lens. Giottos Carbon tripod.
Inspiration
Two things....humour and this possessed the "WOW" factor! These chicks reminded me of young teenagers hanging out together! I could not believe my eyes that they all had their beaks open at the same time! I referred to them as the "Rockhopper Junior Choir" as it might appear as if they are singing together.
Editing
Ansel Adams says wherever the brightest area is in any picture (or painting) the human eye will go. So naturally where there was white squitter I toned it down. Lastly I like to give a contained feeling to my images by darkening the edges very subtly.
In my camera bag
Well I used to carry three Lumix bodies (and still carry the one dedicated to infrared) and several lens; a tripod of course. I have had Nikons, Pentaxes, Canons and now have recently settled happily with the Sony10 IV. It's mirrorless and has an amazing range with 24-600mm Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T Lens. With aging and physical challenges I have opted to go the lighter route in terms of equipment. I do carry ND filters and a polarizer. Loads of batteries and extra lens caps! A dry bag and raincoat for the camera too!
Feedback
Our allotted time there was very brief i.e. less than two hours. So I focused strictly on the penguins interacting or showing some aspect of their personality and their behavior. In all the wildlife seminars I have attended, this was the criteria. It is not enough to simply have an animal standing there without expression or action. From years of shooting Kodachrome slides, I am acutely aware of every corner of my frame. Really watch your background. Avoid upstaging your subject and be fully conscious of merging e.g. when a horizon cuts through the neck of your subject or an out of focus foreground branch slashes through your otherwise perfect picture! The most important tip I can share is to always shoot for that extra, that injects life into your frame. In this case the penguins simultaneously having their beaks open at the same time! Best of luck finding the light!

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