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The Three Graces of South Georgia

The Three Graces of South Georgia
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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: 2002-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1vHS, Canon 70-200 f 2.8 L USM
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): !Attitude, !Trios, Penguins in the Wild, Fauna of ANTARCTICA and Oceans, TN Favourites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-15 12:56
Viewed: 13785
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 74
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Salisbury Plain in South Georgia is renowned for its massive colony of King Penguins. I had been sitting on a rock outcrop looking down on the colony for some time, when I got the feeling I was being watched. When I turned round I found that these three had wandered up behind me and were watching me intently. However, as I turned, they looked away as if to say 'it wasn't us'!

The point of this is that King Penguins are very inquisitive - if you stand still or sit down, they tend to wander up to you.

shal, jmp, falke, annagrace, pvb, lovenature, coasties, JPlumb, anel, delic, Finland_in_Eton, Watershed, horia, Shoot_Score, pilonm, vizion, elizabeth has marked this note useful
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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2007-02-15 13:00]

Beautiful shot of this trio,
Soo majestic they look here,
ahh... soo peaceful and serene :)
Great Work,
Cheers :D

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  • falke Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
  • [2007-02-15 13:03]

Wow... this is just amazing! Beautiful colors, the background lightning, the pose, the light, your POV!

This is just a prefect shot!

Thanks for sharing, James!


Awesome capture, just a touch underexposed as you can't see the eyes.

Well done, and good for you for catching them in the act!


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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-02-15 13:56]

Hi James,
Composition is great so is your pov. Very nice pose of your models. Nice to see that 'they' can get so close. Great colours.
TFS Paula

Cześc James,
Zdjęcie godne pochwały za wspaniałe ujęcie tych wspaniałych ptaków. Niesamowite kolorki.
Regards from Poland - BratAni.

Beautiful birds. Do wish I could see the eyes.

Hi James,
Nice trio!
Good contrast and details. Beautiful colors!
Why not vertical composition? My variant in WS.
Regards and TFS,

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-02-15 16:56]

Hi James,

An excellent compo with nice colors and details,the indifference of the pinquins is a pleasure to watch at,TFS


Great shot of a nice species.
I am sorry to say but I would have liked it to be a bit sharper.
It looks to me the focus is a bit soft on the edges. I just feel if the outline was a bit more crisp it would have been perfect!

Hi James
An impressive capture of these three King Penguins as they stand there pretending not to see you. Wonderful POV! The colours, detail and lighting are great. I find the colouring of King Penguins very intriguing with their touch of orange and yellow. I guess during the snowy months it's easier to find your family.

Your so lucky to have made it to Antarctica.
TFS Janice

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  • trinko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 78 N: 322] (4321)
  • [2007-02-15 21:22]

great colors good poses good focus nice DOF.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-02-16 1:35]

What a lovely scene, James.
I love the composition and the colors.
That threesome make a fun portrait, with their heads looking every which way.
Perfect exposure on those white chests.
Very sharp details.
TFS. : )

Hi James

A beautiful shot. The exposure is well handled. I love these tall proud gents dressed in their beautiful suits. :-)

Hi James, this is a great shot that just isn't going to be very common here. The composition is good and you've done a great job of isolating the birds from their background. It is really tough to capture a black eye on a very dark background like this. I tried a workshop, to isolate the area and lighten it up with curves but it was pretty ugly so I abandoned that thought. With respect to your comment on sitting still and letting the animal come to you, I've found that now with a lot of different animals. For the most part I think they are as curious about us as we are of them (only we have the camera).

Thanks, John

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-02-16 3:45]

Hi James,
Very funny picture of these special three graces. Well seen.
Best regards

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-02-16 3:50]

Hi James
a gorgeous shot that's for sure. Not many people get to see these pinguins like you did. The composition is really fine and so are the colours.
I think you shot a pretty sharp image here, but the scanning result is not really great. The image lacks some sharpness, what this image would make a winner.
But don't worry, I think you have a beautiful image here.

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-02-16 5:00]

Interesting trio! I like the way they stand and the background blur. Well done with composition and sharpness.
Best wishes,

Great color and clarity... excellent POV. DOF works nicely, sets the penguins off beautifully. The one on the right seems to be saying "I'm NOT listening to any gossip, you two !"

Just lovely, TFS

Hi James,
Very nice shot! I really like the composition with these 3 Penguins and the POV. Nice colours :D

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-02-16 17:11]

Hi James,
Very nice image of this Penguins. Excellent colours, sharpness composition and bg.
TFS, José M.

This is wonderful James. They are just beautiful and the poses you captured are so full of personality. It's an image to be proud of.

Evelynn : )

great pic, TFS Ori

Great shot. I love everything about it.

Hello James!
Another interestic photo but this time from the "ice-end of the world" ;)
Interesting composition with good POV and DOF. I also like the colours of these penguins which add something optimistic to this photo :)
Best greetings from warmer place ;)

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-02-22 21:27]


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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2007-02-24 10:35]

Bonjour James
C'est une prise de vue excellente, les attitudes des sujets parfait, excellentes couleurs.
Salutations Robi

Hello James,
What a beautiful picture. Those guys look funny. They look like being in a mundane event with their tuxedos and snob attitude :) I like their superb colors, exposure, details and POV. I think that the version in WS works well as it for composition. This is a very nice post of a superb specie :) Thanks,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-03-01 13:07]

Hi James

This is a photo that i've looked at quite a while ago and i was pretty sure that i've critiqued. To my personal surprise, this was not the case when i opened it up now...so better late than never ;)

This actually reminds me a little of the 3 thenors :))
The pose of this 3 cute penguins is just lovely and the fact that you managed to isolate them so well from the BG is outstanding!
The details and colors everywhere are fantastic and the POV and exposure and spot-on.
Splendid close-up!

Bravo and TFS

Wow JAmes, what a sight! Three Graces is right ;) perfectly silhoutted against a nicely blurred b/g. I really, really like the poses you have captured! What a trip this must have been! Tfs, Jay < closer to the the other Arctic >

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2007-03-14 10:07]

Hello James,

Nice picture of those 3 pinguins! The exposition is good even if some white are burned on the breast... The other thing is that maybe you cropped a little bit too much (the feet are to near the frame) but maybe it is a full frame picture... I like the bg enhancing the birds and the way they are standing!

Good picture and TFS,


Hello James,

I just love penguins. They gotta be one of the worlds funniest animals. It's a beautiful bird and especially the King Penguin. It's a really nice catch you got and I like your note. Can imagine how they just turn their head and whistled :)


N.B. I was thinking of going to South Georgia, can I ask how you did it? Was is it on a cruise?

lovely feel and composition of a group.I am jealous

Hello James,
Great use of the principle of three!
I adore the different poses and varied attention, superb details in the feather coats...
The good light and fine focus really make them stand out!
Pablo -

Hello James.

Excellent picture, nice composition and colors.

Jose Luis.

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  • jls24 (3)
  • [2008-03-24 15:24]

Beautiful photo! Nice composition. Good choice to keep the background out of focus and to a minimum and the attention on the penguins.

Beautiful shot. The colours and details look nice.

Hello James,
An awesome capture of these three King Penguins, Very beautiful composition with a great colours an sharp!!! Well done
Regards, Joao Edgar.

Hi James, Nice picture and very well written.


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