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Copyright: Ms Karin (k-2) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 605 W: 26 N: 503] (3638)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-21
Categories: Daily Life, Humorous, Nature, Decisive Moment
Camera: Pentax K100D
Exposure: f/27, 1/90 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: K2 go to Antarctica 2007
Theme(s): Animals [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-26 12:37
Viewed: 6091
Favorites: 6 [view]
Points: 104
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a Gentoo Penguin with two chicks on the Antarctic Peninsula. It is the norm for Gentoos to have two chicks at a time.
In this photo the chicks are fighting over who gets the next regurgitated serving of food first without leaving the warm body contact of the parent penguin.
The background are snow covered mountains.
There is some blur of the parent penguin head due to my cold fingers and me not dialing in the right exposure time. Oops.

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Wonderful photo Karin! I love the textures on the birds as well as the rich blue background. Just a great all around shot at just the right angle and POV, great DOF as well throwing the background out of focus, but allowing enough focus to give some context.

How cold was it when you took the photo?

Hi Karin,
too cute this photograph of family, lively and splendid colours are emphasized well by light, bet in the flawless point
very well done,
thanks for shared,

Hello Karin
Wow what a beautiful shot. Two chicks too!! Stunning detail and I like how you have acheived capturing the downy feathers. Love the background. Just lovely, TFS and nice note.

Hi Karin
LOve it! I like how you captured it looking at eachother
The blurred background is effective bringing the subject close . How lucky you are to be there


Hi Karin / Michel,
Very good capture of this lovely scene! Very good lighting and colors. I can nearly feel the softness of the penguin.

Hey Karin
Superb! Another excellent shot! Beautifully captured, this is a cute photo of Penguin parenthood. Good POV too. Just one little crit... the parent's head is slightly out of focus. Maybe DOF was slightly out but nonetheless a superb composition. Well done!


Well credit first of all for getting to the most inaccessible continent on Earth - it's by invitation only, isn't it? Great shot, sharpness, light, colour, crop are all perfect.
Nice work!


what a beautiful and cute ..

nice, I like it a lot

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  • limba3 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1035 W: 476 N: 576] (16751)
  • [2007-08-26 13:45]
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Hi Karin
I can see the continuation of these wonderful photographs. Beautiful family. Such photographs are a rarity on TL.

Beautiful nature shot, I think the slight blur on the parent can be forgiven! Nice rich colours and details and a good DOF.
Thanks for sharing

beutifull.. tender.. lovely.. a great capture!!
compo is excellent light perfect!!
well done
ciao Marco

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  • timtim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 934 W: 105 N: 608] (10187)
  • [2007-08-26 16:42]

great pic real cute

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  • karith Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1037 W: 55 N: 1262] (7891)
  • [2007-08-26 16:52]

Fantastic catch! This should be published in National Geographic! The charm and fragility of Nature are so evident here, and you have certainly honored the marvel of Life. Superb!

This is perfect in my opinion. Such a cute scene of nature; the lighting and crop is great.
Thanks for sharing, and have a good evening or day.

Hi Karin,
Boy this is a stunning capture! So you made a journet to the Antartic! Excellent capture, of thhis penguin and chicks fine colour contrast although the head of the pimguin isn't fully sharp. Perfect POV you use f/27 what type of lens you need and did you used a tripod? Anyway an outstanding posting my dear friend!

:) Later...

Hello Karin,

What a lovely and very well done photograph!

:) later.

Hi Karin,

Someone next to me is watching your shot and - just like me - agrees that you're lucky with this trip ;-). Another great zoom again!
I can live with the slight blur of the adult, since the subject seems to be the little ones anyhow. Nice one!

Greetings, Dennis

Hello Karin!

A very cute and original post. You did have a fantastic opportunity for the most breathtaking photohunt!

I am looking forward discovering your next post. Cool color stauration to give more interest to the BG.


Hallo Karin!
sehr schönes foto!süß!:-)!einzigartig!
Liebe Grüsse!

Pretty shot, very good timing, a bit overexposed...

How Karin,
A fantastic warm/cold picture. What an exciting place to visit and to witness a moment like this one - I think you did great and on moments like this you probably don't use a tripod, but I don't see all too disturbing blurs on papa pinguin's head.
TFS and thanks for visiting my goodbye picture.

Hi Karin,
Good POV,
Nice colours,
Great DOF...

Thanks for sharing.

AWWWWWeeeee! This is SUPER cute! It's one of those photos that just pull at your heart-strings.
Love the note too!

Hello karin,
Oh how cute! what a great adventure that must have been! Beautiful photo ... love it! TFS

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  • lika Silver Star Critiquer [C: 42 W: 0 N: 0] (329)
  • [2007-09-06 5:03]

Hello Karin!
Very gfood light and colors!
Thank you for shering!
Best wishes!
;-) later

This is just great Karin, probably the best of showing parenthood.. they are so cute, thanks


Hi Karin, never mind the very slightly blury face, this picture is gorgeous!! the colours are just stunning and the action is perfect. well done.
Cheers. LuDivine

Hi Karin,
me again :P I really like you picture and this serie is amazing. These "birds" are fantastic and you've mastered a very nice portrait of wildlife. The mother isn't dead sharp though...
Cheers mate!

Hello Karin,
too cute this photograph of family,
Wonderful photo!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
  • [2007-10-21 19:50]

Hi K2 - how cute this picture of mama and her babies is. So tender and touching.

This is just a super nature photo
What else to say

Superb capture Karin, well done in the cold conditions..... a gem.

Regards Mark :)

Hello Karin!
Incredible capture!
Nice family!
Beautiful colours and perspective!
Excellent done!
Best regards!

Hi Karin,
Very nice post of mother and children. Areal family portrait. Your photo really tells the story I read in the note. Great focus, colors, exposure. A masterpiece. I bookmark it as one of my faves. Congrats, tfs. Best regards, László

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  • ornis Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 148 W: 20 N: 139] (842)
  • [2007-11-11 15:43]

Bonjour Karin,
No wonder I've chosen this one, for the cute moment and the feeling of optimism it conveys. Besides a great birdwatching shot, it's also a very good compo with beautiful colors. Just a minor nit: If mother Gentoo Penguin knew you were at 1/90 seconds, she would have avoided to move her head during the shutter release... but minor considering the beauty of the scene. A fav.
By the way, your album is beautiful. It's full of fresh air!

Hi Michel,
Lovely composition and beautiful picture of nature,great colors and catch, Excellent POV. This is BEAUTIFUL.. Well done..

Hello Karin,
They are indeed great birds!
I like the interaction you capture, the communication between mother and chick...
Excellent details in the plumage, attractive colours and a well composed presentation!
Pablo -

breath-taking.. very beautifull

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  • kona Gold Star Critiquer [C: 55 W: 0 N: 1] (1274)
  • [2008-01-05 19:55]

A good expression. Good composition. It is a favorite photograph calmly.

beautiful pose of this protective penguin, adorable chicks, lovely mood.
another beauty of the wildlife.
congrats for all your great gallery.

I just want to hug the baby penquins!

I have to love this, so beautiful, so sweet!!!

h Karin,
this image does not need any word, just look at it and you begin to dream, simply beautiful
kind regards

Hi there....What an imazing scene.....
You just got hte right ang;e.....and moment....
I love it.....congratulations...
TFS, have a great day

Hi Karin! This is a fabulous shot of the adult and wee ones...I don't think I have ever seen that penguins are feathered! LOL...They always seemed to me that they were rubbery...what a fool I have been. But they are birds, aren't they? OF COURSE FEATHERS MAKE SENSE! Unless it's really just down, and not feathers? Now I have to google this.... Thanks for enlightening me after ALL THESE YEARS!
Once again, this is a fabulous shot, and TFS!
*** Ursula ***

ciao Ms
bellissima foto con bella luce e bei colori mi piace anche il punto dove lai scattata ma soprattutto ai fatto una foto da manuale

not many of us can get to this place. I am glad you did. These pictures of penguins are lovely. T>Y> Janos

i shall come soon and see all your galleries , they are a treasure
the litle one seems to say "oui maman" ("yes mom")

The landscape and colours of these regions always captivate me, throw in a wild bird and you have got me Karin. A wonderful image!

Simple adorable, Im sure some advertising agency would pay cash for such a picture. Colours detail and texture excellent.
Warm regards

hi Karin!

wonderful colors and POV..
lovely scene..
really great compo.
Well done..
Best wishes from Italy!

What can I Say... perfect timing!!!!
Very sharp and beautiful image.
Just perfect.



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