Panga Penguins « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Panga Penguins

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These braying, displaying Galapagos Penguins were photographed with the handheld Canon 400mm IS DO lens and the EOS-1D MIII body. ISO 400. Evaluative metering +2/3 stop off the water set manually: 1/1600 sec. at f/6.3.

On my Galapagos trips, we do lots of photography from the pangas (Zodiacs).  The 400 DO (diffractive optical elements) lens is great when working from the boat as it is relatively light in weight and has image stabilization.  With 6-8 photographers in each panga lots of cooperation is needed to ensure that everyone gets some great images. Above I was lucky as the two birds popped up right down sun angle and not too far from the boat. 

If there are any nice,  sweet, easy to get along with folks out there who would like to join me on the July 2010 Instructional Photo Cruise of a lifetime to the Galapagos, please shoot me an e-mail to with the words Galapagos 2010 Info in the Subject Line.   Or, see the same here:

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This begging baby penguin with Mom was photographed with the same gear as above. ISO 1250. Evaluative metering +2/3 stop: 1/320 sec. at f/4.
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Baby alone posing. Same gear. ISO 800. Evaluative metering +2/3 stop: 1/640 sec. at f/4.

As always, you can click on each image to see a larger version.   Note that in all three images above I chose my ISO so that I would have enough shutter speed to make a sharp image.  And in the two images above note that I had to work at the wide open aperture to attain a fast enough shutter speed.

Coming soon: more images made fromt the Pangas.

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