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Because it was molting, this penguin didn't move for a week. It barked every ten minutes or so, and I just lined up the shot and waited...
Talk about getting around !!!!!!!!!!!!
This is an excellent shot habitat wise and also a great composition.
The colour palette is fantastic
I definitely agree. Both the colors and the light is amazing. Fantastic shot.
yup, great shot..
A great eye-catching shot that shows the icy vastness of Antarctica. Your patience really paid off.
Thanks all for your kind compliments on this shot. It is definitely one of my personal favorites and I appreciate your feedback on it.
That's the Royal Society Mountain Range in the BG which features many peaks above 14K - I really wanted to include it in the image along with the icy sound. Lots of whales live there too but none decided to surface just as the penguin barked. Oh well!
Well..there goes the picture! No whales!! The Adelie penguins are really one of my favorite as they always look dressed for any occasion. The position of the penguin is perfect with that magnificent background...awesome. Again..monitors. I would actually turn down the blue a little as it appears a little heavy on my screen...but hey, someday I will get it fully corrected! Great shot.
It's an eye-catching shot and both the composition and the subject are good. For me, the blues are too strong and the foreground looks a touch over-sharp. I would ask - was it really that blue to your eye at the scene? Nature and wildlife shots are usually kept as accurate as possible to the scene with only minimal post processing. Nonetheless, this is a good capture.
Patrick - thank you for your response to my comments. I made the assumption, obviously wrongly, that it was a digital capture and that possibly there had been a touch too much post processing. Thank you also for explaining about the rime frost. It must be quite something to see with the naked eye. I've not had the pleasure of visiting that part of the world and I apologise for making the wrong assumptions. But I'm glad you agree that the foreground water is very deeply hued.
We could open up a great dialogue on this site about whether or not to post process nature and wildlife shots, and I'm sure the debate would rage on and on. I can only tell you that Nature and Wildlife competitions in Great Britain usually stipulate that there has to be only very minimal post processing, such as tidying up dust spots or perhaps a gentle white balance correction. So it was on that basis that I made my comments. However, digital post processing opens up many creative doors and I personally do use Photoshop (and also teach Photoshop) but I like to use it in elegant and subtle ways to enhance an image. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and photography is no exception. It's still a good capture and looks like an amazing place (which is what travel photography is all about). I look forward to seeing more of your shots on TPN.
Yes, Tricia, the debate about PP ethics can go on forever and already has on many websites - probably even this one in an earlier incarnation. I know that for many it is a tired subject but I still rather enjoy it ;-) However I am happy to spare our fellow TPNers a rehash of it all.
Personally and for the record, unless I am bound by terms that I have consciously agreed to - like in the case you specify of entering a contest - then I am more than willing to try anything in order to give my imagery more impact. I like to provoke an emotional response from my photography (who doesn't, right?) and I'm willing to use PP tools to do it. However, I do always try to achieve a realistic result, so I think we can agree on the importance of both subtlety and expertise. Since you instruct others in Photoshop it is entirely likely that you could teach me a thing or two about both aspects of PS use, so I hope you'll feel free to continue taking that approach if you comment on future posts from me.
Thanks again for your feedback, it is always welcome and appreciated.
This has been an excellent exchange of friendly and knowledgeable conversation in an area where I believe there are no rules specifically... but this is why I really like this site to hear from everyone their thoughts to challenges like this, especially with two such fine photographers with Tricia and Patrick. You are both also quite blessed with successfully debating all aspects of a challenge and fun to read!
Personally....I believe it comes down to what drives the photographer in what he/she is trying to portray. As you see with me sometimes, I can go over the edge in PP to get an effect I want and I have specific reasons to do this. Having them posted here also is a great way to get some feedback on my vision. Also there are times when minimal PP is needed, and especially with travel photography as you want to see the world as it is for the most part (Yes...I take liberties here sometimes too).
Also, I believe having images portrayed on the internet has it's unique challenges too in how we view things as this has been my biggest challenge with this...was this image too blue, was it my monitor, etc? Before Singapore, I was in a Photo Club where we were judged monthly on the printed image...fantastic as everyone viewed the exact same thing in the same way. But as with digital photography, this site makes it all so much more accessible to everyone.
One final long-winded point...I used to be sooooo fanatical about just showing what came off my camera until I saw an excellent Discovery channel bio of Ansel Adams. In his day and age, he went through such tremendous heights to achieve what few others have done...and all without Photoshop! Image what he would do today...interesting? But..I also think the images in National Geo are the best as well...no PP at all.
Great conversation Patrick and Tricia...I really enjoyed reading it and hearing your thoughts...may more of it be around in the future!