Saturday, August 27, 2016

Whimbrel at Dawn

Whimbrel at Dawn - 1D4, 500mm, f/4, 1/320s, ISO 1600.

Whimbrels come down to the beaches of California in winter, I photographed this one at dawn at Santa Barbara beach in Christmas 2011.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Antarctic Tern

Antarctic Tern - 5D3, 280mm, f/4.5, 1/1000s, ISO 100.

Trying to catch these little guys in flight is always a challenge.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Iced Waterfall

Iced Waterfall - 5D3, 400mm, f/32, 1/5s, ISO 100.

Spring is an interesting time South Georgia with conditions changing rapidly.  We had two landing at Right Whale Bay, I made this image of this partially frozen waterfall on the first landing.  On our second landing about 10 days later (after having circumnavigated the island), the waterfall had thawed out completely and looked dramatically different.  

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Across Salisbury Plain

Across Salisbury Plain - 5D3, 70-200 @ 120mm, f/8, 1/500s, ISO 100.

This sums up why I find South Georgia Island alluring and can’t wait to return.  Majestic snow capped peaks in the background and groups of King Penguins making their way across the plain.  Such an awesome place.  

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Colony Under Snow

Colony under Snow - RX100, ~30mm, f/8, 1/160s, ISO 125.

This was a landing to see a Macaroni Penguin colony at Cooper Bay (I don’t remember the location exactly).  What I do remember is the snow storm and the climb up the hill in the snow.  It may not look like it, but being there was incredible, storm and all.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Follow the Leader

Follow the Leader - 5D3, 400mm, f/6.3, 1/400s, ISO 100.

A group of Penguins make their way across a ridge, their black coats striking a vivid contrast against the overcast sky.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

White Out Conditions

White Out Conditions - 5D3, 70-200 @ 200mm, f/9, 1/100s, ISO 100.

The visibility was so bad during the short snow storm while we were on our landing at Ample Bay that you could barely see even nearby objects.  Fortunately the storm only lasted about 5 minutes and then we had fresh powder for the rest of the landing.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Rejoicing in Snow

Rejoicing in Snow - 5D3, 400mm, f/4, 1/640s, ISO 100. 

A King Penguin rejoices in the light snow at Ample Bay.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Weathering the Storm

Weathering the Storm - 5D3, 70-200 @ 95mm, f/9, 1/250s, ISO 100.

Many penguins weather a short-lived blizzard at Ample Bay in South Georgia Island.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Zodiac Cruise

Zodiac Cruise - 5D3, 24-70 @ 25mm, f/8, 1/200s, ISO 100.

There’s no experience like a zodiac cruise in the Southern Ocean.