Antarctica – Stuck in Customs

Slow Time in Antarctica

Daily Photo – Slow Time in Antarctica

Here’s a shot I got out of the helicopter on the way from one camp to another. The whole place is so raw and wild… since I had a double major in Geophysics (which I quit because of an argument with the professor), I’ve always been interested in geology and rocks. So being down here was a real treat… not that I could identify much at all, but still wonderful to see a unique landscape like this!

Slow Time in Antarctica

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  • Date Taken2015-01-13 00:53:49
  • CameraILCE-7S
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/8000
  • Aperture
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Projectile Penguin Poop

Daily Photo – Projectile Penguin Poop

I mentioned penguins for snacks in a recent post… One thing many people don’t know about penguins is they can shoot poop out like projectiles, so this is one reason that you don’t want to chase penguins. But none of them seemed too afraid of humans,

Projectile Penguin Poop

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-01-09 14:34:12
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length200.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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What’s for Breakfast? Seal Blubber!

Daily Photo – What’s for Breakfast? Seal Blubber!

Actually down here in Antarctica, that is pretty much the only thing on the menu, at least in the olden days. This is one of the huts down there, just as it was originally used. They would just pile up the blubber by the front door to use throughout the winter. Maybe they would occasionally have a penguin or two to spice it up. I wonder what penguin tastes like?

What’s for Breakfast? Seal Blubber!

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-01-20 11:28:31
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time4
  • Aperture8
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Hiking in Antarctica

Inventions that Never Caught On

Here’s another reason I visit Reddit every day… just to see random stuff like this!

Inventions that never caught on. They lived more in future than we do in 2020 from r/nextfuckinglevel

Daily Photo – Hiking in Antarctica

Here’s a photo from our impromptu midnight hike in Antarctica. Believe it or not, things can get a little boring there. Nothing wrong with being bored, but it’s fun to spice things up when Stu and I recommend a midnight photo hike around the Dry Valley. There’s honestly not much else to do there after the science experiments are done.

Hiking in Antarctica

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-01-16 23:09:38
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture11
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length18.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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A Tear in the Ice

What Are Machine Elves?

Great question! A lot of people ask me about why I named the new company “Machine Elf” – well if you read this article on Machine Elves then you’ll have a better idea!

Daily Photo – A Tear in the Ice

Flying over the bleak icescape of Antarctica allows for countless minimalist scenes. I was very lucky to be part of the Antarctica NZ team. This means we had access to quite a few helicopter flights… I was able to get my camera out the window to take some of these photos… but wow were my fingers ever cold. I could barely even push down the shutter button.

A Tear in the Ice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-01-20 09:45:24
  • CameraILCE-7S
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4000
  • Aperture4
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

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Pre-Sink Hagglund

Daily Photo – Pre-Sink Hagglund

Here is one of the most unique vehicles in the world, built specifically for Arctic and Antarctic conditions. One thing that makes them unique is if they fall through the ice, they can still float in the water. This ALMOST happened to us as we were driving across some melting ice and the front car suddenly took quite a dip. We got out a pole to stick into the ice to see how deep it was, and we were only a few inches from the ocean… so, we all bailed out and waited on a helicopter to rescue us.

Pre-Sink Hagglund

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-01-25 08:40:21
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture4
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.7

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Flying Home from Antarctica

Antarctica How-to Today for Passport Members!

If you are part of my family of Passport Members then I have a fresh one for you this Sunday from Antarctica! Every Sunday, I release something new, and it’s been a while since I processed a new photo from Antarctica, so here ya go! Passport members of course get to see how I edited the photo

Antarctica Boarding

I hope you enjoy the creation of this process and some of the last-minute decisions I made! 🙂

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Daily Photo – Flying Home from Antarctica

Here’s one of the last photos I took before leaving Antarctica. You can tell what countries people are from because they all wear different uniforms. The Kiwis are the ones in the orange coats and the Americans are in the red ones. There were also a few people from the Korean and Italian bases too… The Italians had, by far, the coolest uniforms… they all looked like they raced for Ferrari!

Flying Home from Antarctica

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  • Date Taken2015-01-21 07:49:53
  • CameraILCE-7M2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture9
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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The Ice Wall in Antarctica

Daily Photo – The Ice Wall in Antarctica

While we were camping in the Dry Valleys of Antarctica, every day we would walk down and visit a glacier. There are no bad photos of this monstrosity. I can’t even believe that something like this exists! It was quiet, peaceful, and therapeutic to walk around its perimeter to grab some photos.

The Ice Wall in Antarctica

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-01-17 10:14:51
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length22.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

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Glacier Walk

Funny Mitsubishi Blooper Reel

This blooper reel should be the commercial!

The costume department had One job! from funny

Daily Photo – Glacier Walk

I don’t have a lot of photos of myself out in the field because, well, I don’t really want it to be about me. Does that make sense? Other people do that, and that’s fine… I just would rather remove myself from the visual equation. But, on this occasion, my friend Stu got a photo of me walking in front of the Taylor Glacier (I think that was the name?) in the Dry Valleys of Antarctica.

Glacier Walk

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-01-17 10:34:49
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture16
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length23.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Flying to Antarctica

Rocket man

Wow these guys in Dubai are nuts… they’ll do anything. Check out this new jetpack thing. I was really surprised about halfway through the video!

Daily Photo – Flying to Antarctica

Somehow I talked my way into the cockpit of the LC-130 on the 10-hour flight to Antarctica. There was a lot to see up there! Thankfully, I brought my fish-eye lens, which is a lens I hardly ever use. I mean, like, hardly ever! I almost didn’t pack the thing… but there was no weight restriction, so I thought, why not? My why nots do not always pay off but this one did.

Flying to Antarctica

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-01-06 16:25:28
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+3.7

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