“Flying Penguins” – Somewhere in Antarctica – Jim Mantock – Featured Photographer
Jim is like me! He loves to take photos of everything. Jim is unlike me however because he has been to Antarctica and taken some really excellent shots of penguins. Jealous indeed! Technically this shot is very difficult to achieve and Jim illustrates how he did it very nicely below. Remember to freeze fast action shoot at the highest shutter speed possible and boost your ISO to 400 or more. After you finish reading below please check out Jim’s great photo blog at Photockie.wordpress.com .
This shot was taken in Antarctica from a two man kayak. I was fortunate enough to have a body builder as my “engine,” so we had no trouble keeping up with the penguins. There were several flocks of penguins, which were a blurred mess when they simultaneously leapt out of the water. Eventually a pair separated off, and that’s when we got these two.
Regarding technical details, I started using auto-focus, but these little guys were only out of the water for a half second or so. The auto-focus was going crazy shifting back and forth between the penguins and the water behind them, so I shifted my Nikon D700 to manual focus. The aperture was set to f11 to ensure plenty of depth of field for any focusing errors (aperture priority). The ISO was set to 400 to keep the shutter speed high. It was at 1/800 for this shot. High speed continuous shooting was used as well.
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