Daily Travel Photo: Penguin Mountain View

Photo of the Day: Penguin Mountain View

A penguin on a mountain

Penguin Mountain View

The Set Up

Just off of the edge of the Antarctic Peninsula we made a stop at a little islands called Danko Island.  Like most of the places we stopped at the beach was filled with penguins.  From the beach, little penguin highways trailed up the hills to rockeries where they made their nests.  Generally the penguins stay clumped together in groups.  However this one seemed to like its view, and nested all alone on the slope.

About the Shot

I shot this on a hike up to the top of the island.  I had to sit there for a while to get the pose that I was looking for, but in the end it worked out.

For the photographers out there, I shot this on my Canon 70-200mm f4 IS at f11 (I didn’t want to fuzz out too much of the view), at a shutter speed of 1/400, iso100 at a focal length of 160mm

Author: Brendan van Son

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  1. One of the best Antarctica shots I’ve EVER seen!

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    • thanks Andi!

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  2. Great pic man… I really loved it when they were on top of the mountain just hanging out by themselves!

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  3. Loved this shot…I get the feeling this guy had a tough time getting up the Mountain but he thought “It was well worth the hike.”
    You are taking us to Antartica vicariously and I love it…
    Thanks for all your great adventures incorporating your photos, Brendan…
    Patti the crazychef Somewhere in Mexico

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  4. Love this picture! I’m a penguin junkie!


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  5. Fantastic photo. I hate the cold, but these posts on Antarctica makes me wanna go somewhere colder than where I already live.

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  6. Brilliant photo Brendan. epic penguin shot! I’ve been wanting to visit Antarctica since I was a teenager, and my father worked there (at McMurdo Base). It’s the last continent for me to explore… Thanks for sharing your Antarctic adventures!


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  7. Fantastic shot! I am also surprised to see such high mountains in the background. Where in Antartica is this?

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    • Just off the peninsula at a place called Danko Island… and yes, there are very high mountains in Antarctica… it’s amazing

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  8. Penguins in Antarctica! That has always been in my to do list. Amazing photo!

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