Courtship

Courtship

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Courtship

Animal: King Penguins
Location: Falkland Islands, (
Islas Malvinas)

 

Backstory 

Admire the backdrop of an untouched white sand beach and vibrant blue sky as you get a rare glimpse into the loving side of the second largest penguin in the world, the King Penguin.  Looking out into the world at over three feet tall these large King Penguins are built to withstand the harshest temperatures known to man.  Often facing brutally cold Antarctic temperatures, King Penguins thrive in these environments by having some of the most densely packed and overlapping feathers that are nearly impenetrable to both wind and water.

In an area never camped before, a white sand beach spanned for hundreds of yards and the only sounds heard were crashing waves in combination with penguin vocalizations.  Nothing beats pitching a tent alongside a small King Penguin colony and hearing the little chirps of penguin chicks as you fall asleep.  As I camped out in this off- the- map location, my only two goals were to photograph the chicks as well as the love each King Penguin had for its partner.  

While I was photographing King Penguin chicks, I noticed two Kings walking out onto an untouched beach.  As I walked out on the beach, it appeared like these two penguins were going to have a little squabble.  Preparing to take photos of a fight I noticed this interaction was something much more.  As these Kings waddled over to each other slowly, you could tell they were in love.  Soon, as they were belly to belly, they began an elaborate courtship display.  Towards the end of the display one King Penguin waddled a little closer to the other and gently rested its beak on top of the others neck. This moment shows why Mother Nature is truly the greatest artist of us all.


Each photo captured has a deep and intricate backstory, articulated above, that is printed alongside your print to give you the full behind the scenes look for each fine art photograph you purchase.


 

Print Options

Mediums

Acrylic Print: unmatched resolution, clarity, Dmax, vibrancy, and an unrivaled 3D perspective when observing the final product

What is an Acrylic print?  An Acrylic print is one of the highest quality prints money can buy.  It is the most popular medium purchased from us is our acrylic print identical to photos hanging in art museums due to the look and feel of the image appearing backlit.  Acrylic prints are a higher quality medium compared to the more common, and lesser quality, metal prints.  Acrylic come ready to hang with a built- in wall mount and require no frame.

Thomas only uses the highest quality print engineers in the industry to ensure standout prints by relying on proprietary methods superior to all other printers.  

Surface coat options: Both options offer UV protection, however the different surface coats will optimize your viewing experience depending on where you want to hang our print.  

Clear surface coat is best used in controlled environments with special lighting, or in an area with low glare from sources like windows.  Clear enhances your viewing experience in these environments by maximizing the 3D effect making the image appear backlit.  

UV surface coat is best used in areas with an uncontrollable lighting environment, such as placing the print near bright windows. 

Heavyweight Photo Paper: vivid colors, deep rich blacks, and brilliant bright whites give an authentic and impressive feeling when looking at the final product

What is the heavyweight photo paper? Heavyweight photo paper is like you traditional medium you know and are accustomed to, but ours is much more.  We only use high quality and color calibrated paper and printers to ensure an accurate and lifelike final product.  Tailored to each specific image, we determine which of our papers yields the most pleasing results.  The papers we normally use are: Fuji Crystal Archive Professional Super Type PD Luster, Fuji Crystal Archive Pearl Paper, Kodak Endura Metallic Paper, and Ilford Pearl Paper. 


Shipping

Although our print engineering time is shorter than the time Thomas spends in the field, there is still a short shipping delay.  Due to the detail and laborious process in creating your Acrylic print, your order may not ship out to you until fifteen days after you place your order.    

Heavyweight photo paper orders ship less than five days after your order is placed.


Other Information 

Refunds are only offered if the print is damaged on arrival and reported no later than 15 days after delivery. You may be charged customs duties and taxes for this print.