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08-28-2010, 04:31 AM   #1
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Breeding Gentoo Penguin
Lens: SMC-Pentax DA L 55-300mm f4-5.6 Camera: Pentax K-x Photo Location: Marion Island ISO: 100 Shutter Speed: 1/180s Aperture: F5.8 

Getting a good composition with these birds are extremely difficult as they are easily disturbed and will run away from their nests when they feel treatened, leaving the egg or chicks vulnerable to predatory birds like skua or giant petrels. It helps if you stay lower than them, so I crept up beneath this one and took a few snaps from a distance of about 10m before slowly making my way out of there.

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08-28-2010, 04:53 AM   #2
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kari, did you manage to post the photo up? I can't see it at present...
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It's up now, the colors came out ugly with a greenish tini weird at first, think it's the website's compression.
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Thanks kari, I see it now.
Looks like an intriguing creature.
Your description on how you managed to capture it tells quite the story about this little bird.
Well done with the capture. It's good, but does suffer from an ordinary (central) composition and standard flat lighting. Not much in the way of texture is coming through in the image, which would be great to see here.

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Same angle, faster shutter speed (1/500th) and a bit sharper.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ash Quote
Thanks kari, I see it now.
Looks like an intriguing creature.
Your description on how you managed to capture it tells quite the story about this little bird.
Well done with the capture. It's good, but does suffer from an ordinary (central) composition and standard flat lighting. Not much in the way of texture is coming through in the image, which would be great to see here.
Thanks for the crit. Do you have any suggestions on how I might have made the composition better? I suppose I could have put the bird off to the side, but then I'd have cut off most of it's body and the rest of the frame would have been clear sky. I also use the center-point, recompose method as I want to be sure what my camera focuses on.
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composition wise i love both shots
the second is sharper, so i like that slightly more

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I like it.
Anyone know if "sudo Stand still" works?
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Hi Kari, I like your shot's, dont get many penguins here. I am a birder, who trys to
document what I encounter. As a birder, contrary to general consenus, Id prefer
to see a little more bird and immediate enviroment (nest,etc), maybe pulled back.
a little. doesnt make me "right", just what I prefer.
Photographically, what I do, is not at all what we are generally told.
I realize during many encounters, one really has very little choice in these things.
the bird pretty much controls event and best we can do is "hang on"
Really cant offer judgement in that regard, feel thats up to you.
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kari, your #2 capture is indeed sharper and with more natural white balance.
I suppose I'm just a fan of the traditional rule of thirds in most captures, and this one would lend to it a lot better. For the current shots, cropping would change the dimensions of your image and thus may alter their dynamics, so save from getting another capture ensuring there was less negative space in the frame, a slight crop on the left side of both images may help.
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