After a morning of kayaking I was anxious to get on land to photograph some more penguins. I hadn’t got the shot I was looking for yet and the weather that day seemed perfect. When we came upon a large colony these 3 were right in front of the path we were walking on so I could get quite close to them. I took a few shots but had to get lower. So I knelt down in the pool of penguin feces and framed up this shot.
I took it because I felt it really captured the essence of Antarctica. These penguins go about their life as if we are not even there. They are not afraid of man, and I think this captures that feeling perfectly. They are oblivious to people watching them and that implies a sense of innocence which is what I wanted to convey in this photo.
Location: Niko Island, Antarctica.
Processing: Post processing was minimal on this shot. It was processed in Lightroom. I started out by balancing the highlights and shadows with the sliders and pulled down the whites a bit as they were a little overpowering in the scene. Then a small boost in clarity (+8) and vibrance (+12). I then applied a small contrast curve and boosted the saturation a little bit in the blues and oranges just to match what I saw when I took the shot. I sharpened the image in Lightroom, masking out the background and focussing it more on the foreground elements.
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