Adelie penguins on sea-ice
 - Pygoscelis adeliae

Adelie penguins

The last of this series of photographs. This proved a difficult subject to capture on camera. A high contrast subject in bright light against a high contrast background poses an extreme problem in terms of exposure. The answer in this as in many other similar cases was to take an exposure reading off a neutral mid grey subject, set the camera for this and ignore anything the light meter told you when pointing at the real subject.

After much experimentation, the ideal grey subject for metering turned out to be the pale grey moleskin trousers that I wore. A very happy coincidence.

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