The wingspan of the black-browed albatross can reach 235 cm in size and their maimum length of 95cm is also impressive, although they are not among the largest albatrosses. Both sexes appear similar, with a white underside, dark grey upper wing and distinctive black eye-stripe on their white heads.
Falklands – Photo Tip

How playing around will make you a better photographer

Photo by Jochem Wijnands

Falklands – Photo Tip How playing around will make you a better photographer

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.

Jochem Wijnands
Jochem Wijnands Founder / photographer

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.

Take me to see an albatross!

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Albatrosses are one of the most marine of all birds, criss-crossing the Southern Ocean and only returning to land for breeding. The Falklands population of black-browed albatrosses has fallen by almost a third in the last 20 years, with most of the decline blamed on the rise in long-line fishing in the region. Photo by Jochem Wijnands

Jochem Wijnands

Jochem Wijnands

Nikon D3S

Aperture
ƒ/16
Exposure
1/60
ISO
250
Focal
300 mm

Albatrosses are one of the most marine of all birds, criss-crossing the Southern Ocean and only returning to land for breeding. The Falklands population of black-browed albatrosses has fallen by almost a third in the last 20 years, with most of the decline blamed on the rise in long-line fishing in the region.