Larry, Curly and Moe_Port Lockroy_Antarctica

Three penguins I refer to as Larry, Curly and Moe at Port Lockroy, AntarcticaCanon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 24-105mm f4 L series lens @ 105mm. Exposure Details: 1/500 second @ f5 ISO 400.Port Lockroy is located on the Antarctic Peninsular. I visited there during November 2010 while co-leading an Aurora Expeditions photography tour with David Burren. The trip was a lot of fun, with loads of diverse subject matter to photography, both landscape and wildlife. Most importantly I made a number of really good friends along the way.

I loved these 3 little fellows, whom I rather cheekily refer to as Larry, Curly and Moe. Watching them slip and slide their way down the slope was a real hoot. (I'm glad I wasn't the only one. Of course they weren't moving all that fast, so I waited until the middle one was slightly out of step with the other two before releasing the shutter.

From a design point of view it makes sense that the centre subject is the one that's different. That's as true when photographing flowers, product and people as it is the above wildlife image.

Imagine a portrait of 3 sisters, 2 of them wearing black and the other white. It makes sense to put the odd one, in this case the girl dressed in white, in the centre of the composition. This is a simple rule to follow when looking to create a harmonious photo. It's the need to introduce or manage a little bit of tension within an otherwise static or mundane scene, in a way that adds a sense of life or mystery, without compromising image cohesion.

There was very little color in the original scene, other than a bluish hue reflected from the overcast sky into the shadows. And, as the guys had come dressed for dinner, a black-and-white rendering seemed appropriate.

Initial image processing of the RAW file was conducted in Adobe Lightroom 3, prior to employing Adobe Photoshop CS5 for conversion into black-and-white and the addition of a subtle warm/cool split tone.

The shadows are very slightly blue, while the highlights display a gentle yellowish tinge. It's very subtle. I've used it, in this case, to increase the separation between highlights and shadows. So the highlights are now both warm and light, while the shadows are both cool and dark. Of course, depending on the color accuracy of your monitor, you may or not be able to see it. Oh well, it's the thought that counts.

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