The Falklands are famous for wildlife. We all know the iconic photos by Frans Lanting of albatrosses at their nests, spreading their wings, overlooking the vast island kingdom and the oceans.
I really like wildlife photography, but I also realize that it is not something you do on the side. It requires a lot of dedication and specialized equipment which, by definition, only wildlife photographers have. Having said that, I spent a full day photographing on Saunders Island where I found myself surrounded by penguins, albatrosses and the occasional sheep and I did not feel bothered by the fact I am not a wildlife specialist.
I enjoyed myself immensely. I could wander around but was not allowed in the albatross nesting side, so I settled on the edge and studied the birds. With not much room to manoeuver or change my perspective, I started experimenting with the things I could control, such as shutter speed and settings. For about 15 minutes I focussed on birds coming in from the sea.
Of the many images I shot, the very first one (above) worked best, balancing sharpness with motion blur and creating a beautiful background. The second one (below) is less good because you cannot see the full size of the wings.