These marching king penguins on the beach were captured at Volunteer Point, about 2 hours of rough off road driving from the capital city of Stanley on East Island. If you’ve ever been to the Falklands you know the wind practically never stops blowing. The day we arrived, we were greeted with a steady 50mph wind, which made even walking an exciting adventure.
Aside from excitement of shooting a new location, I also had a brand new Canon EOS 7D Mark II camera paired with Canon’s amazing EF 200-400 F4 zoom lens. With the cropped sensor of the EOS 7D, and the built in 1.4x teleconverter of the EF 200-400 lens, I had a working focal range of 320-896 mm, just the perfect range for lots of wildlife shooting. The built in teleconverter added a ton of versatility literally at the flip of a lever, no need to remove the lens to add or remove the teleconverter.
I can honestly say 95% of the images captured on this tour were made with this camera/lens combination from atop a sturdy tripod. That said, occasionally a wider lens was the ticket when capturing subjects in their natural surroundings.
For this penguin image, a hand held EOS 5D Mark III camera, with EF 24-105 lens @ 40mm, F11 was used. An ISO of 400 assured enough shutter speed (1/500th) to stop the motion of the penguins, and me buffeted by strong winds. This situation required constantly changing my position as the penguins walked down the beach, so I ditched the tripod in favor of increased mobility.
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