Antarctica – Stuck in Customs

there was a cracking sound that was first felt in the bones

Daily Photo – there was a cracking sound that was first felt in the bones

I am a very Zen person generally, so whenever I feel anxious or out-of-place, I try to figure out why. This is one of those places. I felt like I wasn’t supposed to be here as the ice towers turned and folded above me, cracking and pulling apart into an azure-blue glow. Everything was moving all the time, and I felt seconds away from falling into a crevasse and getting stuck forever. It was beautiful, ephemeral, and I removed myself from the ripping as quickly as seemed natural.

Ross Ice Shelf, Antarctica
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there was a cracking sound that was first felt in the bones

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  • Date Taken2015-01-12 02:44:00
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4000
  • Aperture6.7
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Antarctic Light

Daily Photo – Antarctic Light

One of the highlights of Antarctica was the way the low sun played with my Leica lens. Just lovely.

Antarctic Light

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-01-21 01:08:49
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/3200
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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a polar sunbow erupts over an iced volcano

Daily Photo – a polar sunbow erupts over an iced volcano

Antarctica – an epic place without scale or relativity. Somewhere on this terrible volcano are the remains of a jetliner, which crashed after taking off from New Zealand on a sight-seeing tour. I was on another plane, a CL-130, when I took this. The “”L”” means it lands on skis. It has no proper windows to speak of, but I managed to befriend the loadmaster who got me into the cockpit for take-off. Quite by chance, there was a polar sunbow that appeared over this most dreadful and awesome of volcanos. There is nothing that erupts new earth as close to the Antarctic pole, so to soar over it in peace was surreal. The white sun seemed to welcome everyone below and above.

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a polar sunbow erupts over an iced volcano

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  • Date Taken2015-01-21 08:30:51
  • CameraILCE-7M2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length18.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-2.7

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Experimental in Antarctica

Daily Photo – Experimental in Antarctica

One of the highlights from my time in Antarctica was exploring the old huts which were used by early explorers. They were filled with loads of cool old equipment, some crazy stuff like massive iron cookers which were manufactured in the UK down to all these scientific items. And chocolate…

Experimental in Antarctica

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  • Date Taken2015-01-20 10:53:22
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time30
  • Aperture9
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

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Before it Sank

Daily Photo – Before it Sank

Here is one of the awesome Hägglund transporters that the team down at Antarctica New Zealand use. This is it in its natural state, unlike the day we were travelling in it and it started to sink through the ice. That wasn’t the most serene travel experience I’ve ever had!

Before it Sank

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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Shackleton in the News

Daily Photo – Shackleton in the News

I saw on the news earlier that there is a mission heading out to try and locate the shipwreck of Endurance near Antarctica. I can’t wait to see if they are successful and what sort of condition they find it in. In theory it will be pretty good condition considering it’s been down there for 100 years. Lack of life/bacteria due to the extreme conditions, etc. Here’s the inside of one of the huts used by explorers in Antarctica back then…

Shackleton in the News

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-01-20 10:53:22
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time30
  • Aperture9
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

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Antarctica from Above

Daily Photo – Antarctica from Above

One of the things I enjoyed the most (and there were lots) when in Antarctica was being able to view it from above as we flew about in the various planes and helicopters. It’s hard to know before going how varied it might be. Would it mostly be flat, icy nothingness? Definitely not and even when things were quite flat there was always something interesting to see, like these weird shapes in the ice.

Antarctica from Above

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-01-15 12:32:03
  • CameraILCE-7S
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4000
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length23.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

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Steppingstones in Antarctica

Daily Photo – Stepping Stones in Antarctica

These do look a bit like steppingstones, I think. Probably wouldn’t be wise to use them as such though…

Stepping Stones in Antarctica

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  • Date Taken2015-01-20 16:09:50
  • CameraILCE-7S
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture11
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length27.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Ancient. Antarctica.

Daily Photo – Ancient. Antarctica.

I lived in Antarctica for about a month, and it was one of the best experiences of my life. I stayed at the New Zealand base (called Scott Base) along with about 100 other people. They were mostly scientists doing all kinds of strange research like looking at penguin poop and stuff. While there I would go out on little adventures with different groups of scientists and on this one, I was with someone that tags Orcas.

From the new NFT drop on Foundation

Ancient. Antarctica.

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-01-18 09:10:13
  • CameraILCE-7S
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2500
  • Aperture9
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

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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

Photo Information

  • 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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