Michael Hrankowski  

PENGUIN TAI CHI by Michael Hrankowski

January 2022 - PENGUIN TAI CHI

About the Image(s)

One of our shore excursions while visiting South Georgia took us to a huge colony of King Penguins - tens of thousands of them. Our time on shore was up and I was hurrying back to the Zodiac, I happened to look up and saw this little guy/gal on the top of a ridge. S/he was just standing there and I took a couple of static images. I was about to stash my camera when s/he struck this pose and was able to fire off a couple of shots. Editing was limited to cropping, denoise and sharpening with some dodging and burning. Hope you all enjoy it.

Location: South Georgia
1/500 sec at f/16 @ ISO 1250
18-135 @ 135 (205mm FFE)

3 comments posted

Mary Ann Carrasco   Mary Ann Carrasco
Hi Michael, What a great pose this penguin did for you! These unexpected opportunities are always the best images. I really like how the edge of the grassy area and the rock lead the eye right to the penguin. The yellow color on the penguin also lead right into the pose. My only suggestion is to take down some more of the brightness in the water behind the penguin a bit. I really enjoy taking and viewing wild life photos and this one is very special!   Posted: 01/11/2022 04:23:05

Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
Thanks, Mary Ann, for your comments. The background is actually a snow covered mountain and a glacier ("glass-see-ur", as our British guide pronounced it). Definitely challenging lighting conditions! That was the best that I could do with the brightness of the background. First adjustment was global with the highlight slider all the way to the left. Then I did a luminosity mask and further reduced the highlights. I tried using the exposure slider with the luminosity mask active, but that just made the snow look a very unnatural gray. Best I could do under the circumstances.   Posted: 01/11/2022 05:31:18

Kieu-Hanh Vu   Kieu-Hanh Vu
Hi Michael,
Great shot! I like the clean background, the crossing areas of the ridge, and the sole penguin (out of 10,000 penguins) in Tai Chi pose. The snow over the mountains and the glacier in the background are quite a challenge for getting a sharper image. I am glad that you did not miss this shot, and I do hope that you can fix the overexposed areas in post processing.   Posted: 01/14/2022 23:31:47


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