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.
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.
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.
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
I hope you enjoy the creation of this process and some of the last-minute decisions I made! 🙂
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!
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.
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.
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.
I love this David Whyte guy! I actually got to see him perform a few months ago in Glenorchy. I didn’t expect a poetry reading to be so incredible!
Daily Photo – Photowalk in Antarctica
Well, I didn’t pull much of a crowd in Antarctica, but I did get 100% of the 10 people that were out at our remote science base. I don’t think they came because they were into photography; I think they came because they were incredibly bored. We walked around the Dry Valleys for a few hours then returned to the little science hut and pulled out a bunch of booze and then the party really started.
After being stuck out in the Dry Valleys for much longer than expected, our friend Hef finally came in with a pickup. There’s actually a ton of equipment that has to be picked up too in addition to all our poop and pee. They take poop and pee very seriously out there… not one drop left behind.
When I was invited on this 150km hike in Spain with 10 people, I didn’t know most of them. But I did a little googling ahead of time so I would get a sense of the sorts of characters I’d be stuck with for a week. One of them was Aaron Lammer, who was easy to get-to-know because he has three podcasts. One of them is on cryptocurrency, one of them is about weed, and one of them is about long-form writing. I only listened to the crypto ones and I was immediately impressed by his approach to the subject matter.
What impressed me the most was his openness in his understated approach of “I don’t know anything about Crypto, but let’s figure this out as we go along by talking with other experts and funny, strange stories from the crypto world.” Note that isn’t an exact quote, but that was basically his pitch for the show.
Wondering about the lovely face behind the voice? Here’s Aaron…
Daily Photo – Walking Along the Glacier
I visited this glacier every day for three days in a row. It was so amazing to be able to walk right up and touch it. I was a little scared, of course, hoping that part of the glacier did not calve off and fall on me! But, it’s not melting down here, so there was very little chance of that. Either way, I’ll admit, I was definitely on high-alert while being in the middle of awe.