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Missing Fun In Antarctic

Well, it looks like it won’t be until 2022 until I can return to Antarctica again.  I found these two photos that I think sum up what a day in Antarctica is all about.  This is my wife Debra having the time of her life.

Dancing in Antarctica. Ocean Nova is in the background.


South Georgia Sky


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For The Love Of Penguins

Chin Strap Penguins jumping onto an iceberg


These are two penguin photos I made on my last trip to Antarctica in February 2020.  They were photographed with the Sony a7r iv and have a ton of detail.  I processed these in Capture One 20 and used shadow recovery to bring out details in the black feathers and needed to highlight recovery in the white area of the penguin.  I shot a lot of penguin photos and I always look for something different.

The top image was made from our ship as we passed an iceberg and the penguins were jumping onto an iceberg.

The image below was made onshore and it is a young penguin who is molting and trying to groom itself.

Molting penguin grooming itself



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Penguin Express

I just completed an Antarctica Expedition with 30 clients.  It was a super trip and I have come home with a ton of photos.  These photographs were made while we were traveling from one location to another.  We were having dinner and saw this iceberg with penguins go by.  The Captain immediately turns the ship around and we approached this iceberg.  The penguins were jumping onto it and it was fin to watch as many took several tries to get up.  It was dusk and very dark and I was fortunate to be shooting with a Sony a7r4 which has terrific high ISO capability.  These are two of my favorites that I hope to make large prints of next week.  I’ll also have more photos, an article or two and videos that will appear on in the near future.

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Penguin Highways In Antarctica

Penguin Highway

One of the great things about visiting Antarctica is seeing all the wildlife.  It’s hard to believe all the wildlife that lives in such a hostile environment.  And, of course, one of those creatures are penguins. Who doesn’t like a penguin?  This shot was made from a zodiac looking at a beach where penguins were coming out of the surf and climbing a hill to their rookery.  Penguins follow the same paths much time making what is called Penguin Highways.  I like the whole abstract feel and look.

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Shall We?


King penguins on South Georgia Island

So what do you think?  This is a special image.  It was made in the South Georgia Islands.  Two King Penguins just happened to be on the beach with a shipwreck in the background.  You see penguin couples often and you can think of a hundred different captions for a shot like this.  I shot it with a long lens with a wide aperture so I could soften the ship in the background.  By the way, the ship is a great example of gorgeous rust.  I have images of that I will share too. Hope you enjoy this image, who can’t like penguins?

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Me Having fun

Kevin Raber on S. Georgia Island with King Penguins

First, my apologies for not posting more photos and posts in general lately.  Things have been moving at a fast pace on many fronts and a number of other projects took priority.  Things are now getting a bit more manageable and I will try to get these posts back up to being posted on a more regular basis.  Today’s photo is me having fun.  This was shot on S. Georgia Island as part of our S. Georgia – Antarctica Photo Workshop trip last November.  It’s an incredible feeling to be with wildlife and especially penguins in such an amazing environment.  I feel truly blessed.  Thank you, Debra (my wife) for catching this magic moment.  I am so happy you were able to be part of the adventure.

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Beach Party

Penguins On The Beach – click on the image to see larger and then click again. Use the close box on top left to return to normal size

South Georgia Island is a great place to shoot King Penguins.  I did was sit on the beach by the water and these fellows came over to say hello.  It’s amazing how curious and friendly these little guys are.  This was shot with a Fuji XT-2 and 10-24 wide angle zoom.

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Penguin Love

Penguin Love, shot with a Fuji XT-2 and a 100-400mm lens

Over the last 3 weeks, I captured 12,000 images as part of the Luminous-Landscape South Georgia and Antarctica adventure.  I have managed to narrow the collection down to 2400 images,  The rejects sit in a separate folder off on the server just in case I ever need to refer to them.

Now that I am in major editing mode and have started to output some of my favorites images, i thought it would be good to share them.  I’ll also be doing an article on LuLa soon with many more images.  Today though I thought it would be great to share with you an image of what I call Penguin Love.  Penguins are incredible creatures and they do the most amazing things.  I loved the way these two showed their affection with each other.

Shot with a Fuji XT-2 and a 100-400mm lens.  The Fuji never let me down on this trip.  The 100-400mm with great IOS let me hand-held exposures with the equivalent of a 600mm lens.  And, it focuses close enough to get images like this.