Thursday, December 22, 2016

Antarctic Storm

Antarctic Storm - Phase One XF, IQ3 100, 75-150 @ 75mm, f/8, 1/250s, ISO 50.

Gotta love the weather in the Southern Ocean, its storming one minute, beautiful the next and all with exquisite, dramatic light.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Floe to Floe

Floe to Floe - Phase One XF, IQ3 100, 240mm, f/10, 1/800s, ISO 100.

A raft of Gentoo Penguins swim from one ice floe to another.  

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Shrouded in Cloud

Shrouded in Cloud - Phase One XF, IQ3 100, 240mm, f/10, 1/500s, ISO 50.
I haven’t posted many images from Antarctica mainly because I’ve been through them trying to figure out what appeals to me and what I want to do with them.  I’ve also compared them to my images from my 2012 trip to South Georgia Island and I realized that my photographic style and eye has changed somewhat.  

The images that appeal to me from this trip can be classified into two categories: “light” minimalist landscapes like this one and grand ice-scapes with small interesting detail (usually wildlife).  The images from my 2012 trip that appealed to me were landscapes with Penguins in them.  As I’m going through my images, especially those grand ones with small interesting detail, I’m realizing that sharing them online via tiny screens is unsatisfying, I’ll need to make some big prints.  Co-incidentally, I received my Daydream VR headset this week and it turns out its a great way to experience these kinds of images.  Can’t wait for even higher resolution, higher gamut VR!

I made this image on an epic day in Antarctica.  Following an incredible landing on the continent at Portal Point, we cruised down Charlotte Bay filled with icebergs, clouds and dramatic light.  I made more images that day than any other for the Antarctic portion of the trip (the only other day I made more images was at St. Andrew’s Bay on the South Georgia Island portion of the trip).

Thursday, December 08, 2016

A Beach, A Storm and A Rainbow

A Beach, A Storm and A Rainbow - Alpa STC, Phase One IQ 180, Rodenstock 32mm, ~f/11, 1/30s, ISO 35.

I remember that afternoon on a beach at Luskentyre well.  We walked over some dunes down to the beach and I was struck by the wildly colored, striated rocks.  I started making some images with them and then the storm in the distance picked up and looked like it was heading over.  Just as I decided to pack up, a beautiful complete rainbow appeared over the composition I had been working on.  Most of my images that day were in black & white but a rainbow deserves color.