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100th Posting - Crater Colony

100th Posting - Crater Colony
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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2001-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1vHS, Canon 24-70 mm f 2,8 L-USM, Fuji Provia 100
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): AnimalExplorer Favorites 2nd folder, TN Favourites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-06-26 12:10
Viewed: 7512
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 74
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It hardly seems a moment since my first posting - and now I have reached 100 (pretty small beer compared to some, I know). I did not know what to post so plumped for this shot of the Adeleie colony on Paulet Island, which is part landscape, part wildlife and part geomorpholgy (the lake is a crater lake). Anyway, thanks for all the kind comments over the past few months - hope you like this posting.

I am heading to Scotland for the next few days - to take the dog on holiday! She is a Westie (West Highland White Terrier) and likes a 'roots' trip every year. We are haeding for Mull and Skye and then McDuff, so I will be waving to the Fudges (Gary and Corrine) and Aramok (Emma) as the three of us pass by!

Paulet Island is a circular island about 1 mile in diameter, lying 3 miles southeast of Dundee Island, off the northeastern end of the Antarctic Peninsula. Paulet Island is located at 63°35′S, 55°47′W. It is composed of lava flows capped by a cinder cone with a small summit crater. Geothermal heat keeps parts of the island ice-free, and the presence of such heat suggests that it was last active within the last 1,000 years. Paulet Island was discovered by a British expedition (1839-1843) under James Clark Ross and named by him for Captain the Right Honorable Lord George Paulet, Royal Navy.

Paulet Island is home to a colony of over 200,000 Adelie penguins, the residual heat from the volcanic activity means that the snow clears from the nesting areas much more quickly in spring, enabling the penguins to have a much higher breeding success rate.

This is a scanned slide.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-06-26 12:13]

Hello James,
Congratulations on your 100th post:)Magnificent capture.POV,framing,details,DOF,exposure and composition are excellent.Masterpiece!

Hola James.
Congratulations for your 100th post.
Beautiful scena.
Buenos detalles y simetría.
Acertado encuadre y ajustada exposición.
Saludos, JL.

Proprio bella. ciao gigicacco

Hello James,
Fantastic shot of this gregarious grouping of the Adelie penguins, it looks like a mountain soley constructed of penguins alone, I really enjoy this perspective. The exposure is right on the money. A big congratulations on your 100th posting. You have a very lucky dog, my dad hasn't even taken me to Romania. Have a safe trip. :)

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2007-06-26 13:00]

hi james,
a wonderful picture,congrats you have made it a big century,you can see the penguins rather than the snow there are so many over there.its fantastic.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-06-26 13:08]

Hi James.
My heart congratulations on this significant event of your photo biography. I am very pleased that I have met you here. Your works are so impressive and are one of the best facets of TN-brilliant. I wish you to have so much photos in half a year, how many penguins in your amazing picture. My kind regards and thank you for all.

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2007-06-26 13:10]

Hi James
Wonderfull light and great compo!
Congratulation: 100 great picture from all over the world. Thanks for sharing your experience with us.

The geometric lines in this colossal view of a large colony of penguins make this picture quite unique, not to forget the location where you shot it, James.
These images you have captured so painstakingly in the course of your travels to the most unusual nooks and corners of the planet earth are of immense value in terms of documentation, coupled with a high degree of aesthetics.

How was your trip to Poland? So you are off to Scotland now -- for your pet's holiday, mainly. How very touching!
I had a female Cocker Spaniel (all golden) whom I loved more than anybody else in the world. She died when I left her behind with a relative before coming to the Middle East in Feb 2000. My wife and I were shattered.
Give your Westie a goot time out there and coddle her for me a bit, will you, James?

Hi James
Congratulations for your 100th post, and this shot is very nice, this group grouping of the Adelie penguins.

Congratulations for your 100th post.A magnificent shot that helped us to enjoy the beauty of Antartica. Also thanks for the details.

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-06-26 14:48]

selam james; excellent shot of this lovely penguins, very good details presented nice POV well captured with splendid colours TFS

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-06-26 15:01]

wow congratulations on your 100th posting and this is an amazing shot. What a sight and the shot is perfect



Truely amazing location awsome capture adding to my fav well done superb! rgds Necip.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-06-26 15:24]

Hi James,
almost like a scene from Happy Feet. Very nice composition, with amazing scenery. A perfect shot , very much fit for a 100th celebration.
TFS.. hoping many more are to come.

amazing landscape, TFS ori

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-06-26 22:17]

Hello James

Wow what a POV.The composition is excellent with the starkness of the frozen backdrop and the chaos of the penguin colony.I really like the lines.Very good lighting with sharp detail and excellent colour saturation.CONGRATULATIONS on 100 posts here is to many,many,more.TFS


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-06-26 22:25]
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Hello James,
Your gallery is full of amazing images from almost every corner of our plant, you teach many of us new things every time you give us one of your wonderful posting with those images and great notes. So thank you for your first 100 and I hope you will give us many more. If Western Canada is ever on your agenda I would be thrilled to meet you.

What an amazing crowd shot of these penguins James. This is an excellent way to round out 100 though if you did a count, you might have had one bird per entry for your 1000th. Congratulations. Looking forward to many more.

Thanks, John

Hi James.
Excellent 100th posting, congrats.
Great lead into the image using the penguins contrast of colour against the winter colours.
Great detail and exposure.
Wonderful image

New Zealand

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-06-27 2:14]

Hello Paul,
At first congratulations for your 100th posting.
Once again such a surprising picture. Amazing how you can picture nature in a very geometrical way! I remember the picture of the Polar Bear on the ice. The Pinguin mountain you show here is just fabulous and a great contrast to the nude environnement. The chosen point of view is excellent. Thank's for all your interesting pictures

Dear James!
Scanned or digital - this is an amazing picture! Not only because it is the 100th! This colony is just fantastic! It looks for me like a "penguin mountain" not a place of breeding ;>
Great composition with fantastic deep DOF. I like a lot also panoramic POV.
Many thanks for showing this photo and my best congratulation because of 100th!

PS. So the next picture from Sahara? ;>

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-06-27 6:40]

Hello James,
You're lucky to have seen this scene in reality, it must be fantastic! I like your composition and the POV is excellent. Lovely colours too - it looks very cold!
Congratulation on your 100th post!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2007-06-27 12:57]

Hello James,

What an impressing picture of this colony... You should have been considered as an alien giant amongst them! Excellent natural colors and exposition! You did a remarkable picture with taht compo and the POV you took!

Great job...


Hi James,
Congratulations with your 100th upload. It looks like we pass eachother by as well. I am off to Scotland this sunday.
This is a wonderful photo which is a great combination of a landscape and wildlife photo. I am sure that the smell was very intens. :)
Wonderful details and colors and a very beautiful POV.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-06-27 16:01]

H James ,well done on your 100TH . Great shot to show us tonight. great detail and POV. very well done. TFS


Hello James,
This is an awesome image, about everything is exceptional!
The curve of the hill covered with penguins is most eye-catching...
A great image from this hostile surroundings!
Pablo -

Hi James,
What I can say?...Perfectly beautiful and amazing photo. I´ve never seen such kind of penguin colony, looks like a hill made by penguins! All the landcape looks great, magic. Excellent for celebrate your first 100 pics in TL. Congratulations!

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-06-28 14:24]

Fantastic photo, James. It was 41 C yesterday, and I appreciate these Antarctic scenes. Congratulations on the 100th, and thank you for sharing so much knowledge and fine photography. It will be the end of the decade by the time I reach 100.
Best wishes,

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-07-01 10:59]

Hi James,

Congratulations on your 100th posting :o)

This is a great and a very interesting capture with very good POV, DOF, lighting, colors and details.
Guess you are travelling again - and your dog is very lucky :o)
Best wishes,

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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2007-07-07 13:21]


Hi James,
I've been away for some time and see you have been posting a lot whilst I was gone. I love the composition of this image. It has almost a surreal/abstract quality. It's just wonderful. Congratulations on #100. I'll be looking forward to the next 100. I wonder how many I have posted. I never think to check that!

Evelynn : )

Wonderful composition of these penguins and mountains, James.
A great 100th post.

Hi James
Antarctica is a fantastic place. Beautiful photo. Great composition, good exposure nice contrasts. Everything looks great
Best wishes

When I was guiding in Antarctica a few years back I didn't get the chance to make it to Paulet Is. You are quite fortunate. And this is a beautiful, atypical capture of the place and species. Says a lot more about Adelies than a mere portrait would. REALLY nice work.

-Dave Shaw

Hi James,
I like Your Antarrctica photos very much. I chose this one now, because it has nice contrast without blown out parts, plus there's a really big bunch of life on it. :) Reflection on the water is fantastic, as the whole with icebergs and penguins. Interesting photo. Congrats for the 100 - it's better later than never. :) Regards, László

An amazing picture from an amazing place!

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  • Irith Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 18] (154)
  • [2008-01-07 1:35]

that`s simply amazing!
congratulations on your 100th posting.

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