We are now travelling from the Antarctic Peninsula to the South Shetland Islands. We are sailing at night but the sun is above the horizon. In fact, the sun probably won’t set until after midnight as are so far south – there is a lot of beautiful sunlight to take photographs and I plan to take advantage of it.
Here is our map again to show you where we are – we are somewhere between landing sites #21 and #22:
We are now travelling through an area called “Iceberg Alley“. It is a large concentration of icebergs in the Weddell Sea – we are sailing past dozens of them now. They may appear to be small in the following photographs, however, some of them are several kilometres in length. And with the evening light, they are just beautiful to see.
Several of the expedition staff are accomplished photographers. Here are a few of them discussing technical settings and reviewing their work:
As you know, I love, love, love black and white images. The subtle transition in tones makes for some wonderful images in this area.
Forget the frame, just “re-frame”
Something to consider when you are photographing a landscape – framing it differently can give the image a completely different feel.
The following image is of the same scene above, but I wanted to emphasize the rolling hills of snow so I located the mountain peak on the right hand side of the frame. Other than it being in colour, it does give the image a different feeling.
And reframing it again shows that this serene landscape is about to encounter a storm very soon (with the clouds rolling in).
Forget your parents’ curfew…
On the ship, I was in bed fairly early (between 9pm and 10pm) most nights because of our early mornings and daily multiple landings on shore. But tonight, I was staying up late as the light was just beautiful – and the icebergs were just too amazing a sight …
The tabular icebergs were formed when large pieces of the continental ice shelf started to break off and drift into the sea. They can float around in the ocean for several years until they finally break up.
The sun is finally starting to set and it is about 11:30pm. In fact, it is almost surreal. I don’t think I could ever get tired of seeing the icebergs in this light, but I will have to go to bed at some point because we have an very early start tomorrow, our final day in Antarctica.
It is just past midnight and the sun has just dipped below the horizon. And this has got to be one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen.
You can tell by the wind and temperature outside that the weather is about to change. We are hoping to make our first landing at Deception Island tomorrow morning. As exciting as it is, it is also sad in a way as it will be one of our last landings on this voyage.
But I am not ready for our expedition to end just yet …
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