Capturing these penguins porpoising in Antarctica as they rocket out of the water at speeds of up to 36 kmh (22 mph) was definitely a challenge. There were many, many frames where I had nothing but water in the shot.
What you don’t see from this shot is that only a few minutes before there were a group of 30 or so Gentoo Penguins porpoising towards us. The number had petered out a bit by the time they got to us, but it was still another incredible Antarctic moment!
We’d spent the morning cruising around the bay in zodiacs exploring some of the incredible icebergs. The water was glass-like shimmering just as silk does and reflecting ice all around. It was a world of white punctuated with glistening blue icebergs.
Not long after getting back on the boat there was the call-out to say that whales had been spotted. I grabbed my camera and took off for the deck. Minutes later whales were being spotted in every direction, our expedition leader had made the call to delay our departure and get all the zodiacs back in the water – we were heading back out to explore!
The next hour or so was just magic. The setting was already picture perfect so to add a bunch of whales feeding in the krill-rich waters of Wilhelmina Bay, you end up with a totally amazing experience.