Animal Antics Winner
Nature's Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards
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.