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“Why am I Here” – South Georgia Island, Antarctica – Steve Shuey – Featured Photographer
Charlie’s Super Fantastic Photo Tip of the Day: Give the viewer’s eye a place to focus. It doesn’t have to be the center of the image. In fact, it is best if it isn’t. Today’s photo is a great example.
Help! http://photobotos.com has been overrun with penguins. We have had three penguin related post in the past month. I hope you are not tired of them. At least our Mom is happy. It is her favorite animal. I promise no more penguins for a while. However I am sure you will agree this is a great photo. Please read Steve’s excellent story below and the check out his equally excellent portfolio at http://500px.com/SteveShuey.
I took this photo at Gold Harbor on South Georgia Island (part of Antarctica) while on an expedition that spent 8 days at South Georgia Island and 4 days in the Falkland Islands. It was the trip of a lifetime and the best trip I’ve been on. Gold Harbor is famous for it’s beauty because mountains with hanging glaciers that come almost down to the beach. But it is most famous for the tremendous population of Penguins. During peak season there are upwards of 100,000 penguins, mostly Gentoo and King. During the time I was there, there were many thousands of “Oakum Boys”, which is what the King Penguin chicks are known as. The chicks tend to huddle together in groups called a Creche. Periodically an adult Penguin would walk through the group. I stopped near a creche of chicks and waited, hoping for that one adult to decide to walk through. After only a few minutes of waiting, one obliged and I was able to fire off a few shots before he got through to the other side. It really is quite a sight to see that many penguins around. It’s noisy as can be but the worst part is probably the smell. That many penguins make a lot of stink. One does get used to it after a while. The other cool sight at Gold Harbor is the massive Southern Elephant seals that are there. The males can get to 4,000 pounds and the size of a small SUV. You have to watch out for them as they are there to get the girl and when two males want the girl there can be trouble. You don’t want to be near a fight. I got in the way of a male moving faster than I thought and ended up dumping my whole camera bag on the sandy beach trying to get out of the way. The lesson learned was always zip up the bag when putting it down. I took the “Why Am I Here” photo with a Canon 5D using a 200mm F2.8 lens with a 1.4x teleconvertor. The iso was 125 and shutter speed was 1/1000th of a second at F4.
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