July 19, 2014

Freeze Frame

Photograph by Keith Szafranski, National Geographic Your Shot

"On my last day in Antarctica photographing emperor penguins at their nesting grounds, I came across this little hole (a little more than a foot across) in a small piece of blue ice," writes Keith Szafranski, a member of our Your Shot community. Originally hoping it would make a good frame for the landscape, Szafranski then saw a string of penguins moving toward it. "I stuck my camera with a wide-angle lens into the hole and waited."

Szafranski's picture recently appeared in the Your Shot assignment Embrace the Untamed.

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41 comments
Susan Gittens
Susan Gittens

Love this shot, it is so adorable I laughed out loud.  Thanks for all the effort it took, all your skills, and most of all for sharing!  Great capture.

Dawn Zick
Dawn Zick

It was worth every uncomfortable moment the photographer probabley had waiting for those penguins to perfictly fill the space and compose the shot.

Bizhan Aminipour
Bizhan Aminipour

This is just great. Cool and artistic. 


I was looking for a nice photo for my password picture and I came across this! I chose it without any seconds thought :)

Tina Wade-Lucas
Tina Wade-Lucas

Very "cool" shot.  And I believe that blue ice is millions of years old, if not billions.

Jessica Beals
Jessica Beals

"Harold, tell your son to quit looking like an idiot in front of the nice man's camera," said Imajean, staring hopelessly at her son as he slid across the ice on his stomach, oblivious to the wink of the camera lens a few yards away.

"Merv, d'you hear what your mother says? You look like a schmuck on the ground like that. Get up and waddle like a normal penguin. Merv. Listen to your mother."


But Merv didn't listen;  he was too busy imagining himself representing Antartica in skeleton at the 2018 Winter Olympics, sliding across the finish line and becoming the first ever penguin to win gold in the sport.  No, Merv didn't listen to his mother at all.

Lakshmi V
Lakshmi V

Wow!!! very beautiful, its so happy to see the cuties play & enjoy their life....: )

Mondo K.
Mondo K.

very spectacular. love it.

Madhumita Pal
Madhumita Pal

Amazing pic !!

Reminds me of the sublime beauty of nature and the simple joys of life ...

Dave Richie
Dave Richie

You should be very stoked its an awesome shot :)

Wayne  Norman
Wayne Norman

This photo is just too, too cool in every sense of the word.  Love it.  The ice, the framing, the patience, the anticipation, all wonderful.  So well composed  and presented.  Thanks so much for sharing and congrats.  Cherer.

Janice H.
Janice H.

Fantastic, beautiful and wonderful.     Perfect photo!

Bev Hennager
Bev Hennager

How perfect!  Almost gives me a warm feeling.

James Jesson
James Jesson

The colors match the mood completely + a nice composition = great shot

Kathy Shaw
Kathy Shaw

Even the clouds cooperated!  <3


Susan P.
Susan P.

A wonderful window into the penguins' world... great shot! Congratulations!

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

Just such a wonderful shot,beautifully framed. It must be very rewarding to have photographed these penguins with results like this. Congrats:Keith.  j.e.s.........

Yolanda Patterson
Yolanda Patterson

With so much heat here in Texas I rather enjoy this photo immensely! 

Lawrence Sibley
Lawrence Sibley

The porthole of blue ice framing the mauve and golden hues in the sky of this Antarctic landscape would make this a perfect photo, but the charming presence of the three penguins, with one of them tobogganing on its belly, just makes this a sublime image.  So wonderful!

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