"To take a powerful image of South Georgia, I had to capture a sense of depth and scale. The island is defined by the fiercely steep mountains towering above the wildlife on the beaches below, but including both risks the image being too loose. There must be detail in the foreground, necessitating proximity. This reminded me of the importance of simple maths in the making of an image. The lens best equipped for the challenge is my Nikon Nikkor 58mm F1.4 lens, which is the most important piece of equipment I own.
In order to capture the soft morning light, the whole team was on the beach by 3.50 am on the day of the shoot. My moment arose in the corner of the beach at about 4.40 am, where big groups of penguins marched for their morning fish and the light was just strong enough to make them pop without being too harsh. I chose a D5 camera because the more shots per second, the more the chance of the penguin pattern working within the one frame.
It is not often that your day is complete before 4.45 am, but this was one of them".