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Rockhopper Penguins

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Animal Antics Winner

Nature's Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards

ROCKHOPPER PENGUINS

The Neck, Saunders Island, Falkland Islands

by Laura Crawford Williams

Tuthill, South Dakota, USA

“The moment happened so quickly I had little time to think. I was taking a break from hiking when the reflection of the penguins in the wet sand grabbed my attention. I had only a few seconds before they passed. I put the camera on aperture priority at f/8 and framed the penguins in the zoom lens, panning as they hopped. The ISO was set at 100 and I was worried it wouldn’t be fast enough, but there was no time to change it. So I held on tightly to the camera, wrapped my arm over the lens, and concentrated on ‘being penguin’ as I tracked them in the viewfinder.”

Nikon D2X; 200-400mm lens at 290mm; 1/250 sec at f/8; digital capture at ISO 100; Gitzo 1348 tripod with Wimberley Sidekick.

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