Dros traveled to Antarctica while working as a photography teacher onboard the Greg Mortimer ship with Iceland Photo Tours.
“I was on the boat to teach people about photography and help them in the field,” he said. “But for me, it was the first time being there, as well. I’m mainly a landscape photographer. But upon visiting Antarctica for the first time early this year, I had no choice but transition into a wildlife photographer. I love animals, and how can you not love penguins? Everything they do is ‘cute.’ Not just their looks, but the way they move, interact and behave is so fascinating. I instantly fell in love and knew I had to make a photo series to try and get that feeling across.”
The transition from primarily photographing landscapes to making photos of penguins was not without its challenges. Landscapes are mostly immobile, but penguins are a different story because, well, they move around a lot more.
“I am used to shooting landscapes that don’t move. Penguins move a lot,” Dros said. “When you’re in Antarctica, there’s just so much happening around you. I didn’t know where to look. There are little scenes everywhere, and I had to decide what to capture. I wanted to capture these moments, but I am a perfectionist: I’m not only looking at the penguins … but also looking at the backdrop and the environment a lot. I want a picture to be perfect. This was very challenging, as often there would be thousands of penguins packed together, and it would be difficult to see which one to single out for a picture.”
Dros’s efforts paid off. He was able to capture scenes of the penguins going about their lives. And Dros captured them with beauty, breathtaking backdrops and even a little humor.
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