Antarctica – Stuck in Customs

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

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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

Photo Information

  • 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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Photowalk in Antarctica

Great Podcast with Sam Harris and David Whyte

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.

Photowalk in Antarctica

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-01-16 23:06:26
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/350
  • Aperture9.5
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length23.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Emergency Pickup in Antarctica

Here’s Where the Starman is Located?

Check out this rather hilarious website that shows exactly where Elon’s Roadstar is currently located in space.

Daily Photo – Emergency Pickup in Antarctica

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.

Emergency Pickup in Antarctica

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-01-17 20:43:27
  • CameraILCE-7S
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/8000
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO500
  • Focal Length17.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1.3

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Episode 3 of my Audio Podcast

Discussing Crypto with Aaron Lammer

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.

Here’s our chat in all its glory…

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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.

Walking Along the Glacier

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-01-17 10:48:38
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/350
  • Aperture11
  • ISO64
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Stu Robertson in Antarctica

David Spade Ripping on GoT

This is hilarious.

Daily Photo – Stu Robertson in Antarctica

What a cool dude he is, eh? You know how some people don’t have to try to be cool and just ARE? Yep, that’s Stu all right! We spent a lot of time taking photos of one another… almost like two girls on Spring Break. Maybe we even took more photos than that.

This is out in the Dry Valleys where we camped out for about a week. One night, we were laughing so much in our tent that the other scientists thought we were on drugs. When we got up the next morning, many of them pulled me aside and asked if we had any extra drugs for them…hehe. (Uhhh we were not and did not… just two happy dudes.)

Stu Robertson in Antarctica

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-01-17 10:46:11
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture11
  • ISO64
  • Focal Length19.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

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The Heights of Antarctica

The Egg

Have you ever heard of this short story called The Egg? It takes less than three minutes to read… I have many intellectual and conscious friends that think this may not be a story.

Daily Photo – The Heights of Antarctica

Whenever I was lucky enough to get into a helicopter while in Antarctica, I went absolutely photo-crazy. It was so cold when holding my camera out the window, but I toughened up so that I could get some clean shots. I also had a very strange problem with my camera where the internal shutter kind of shattered. I don’t know how the wind got INSIDE the camera… maybe some blasted in through the edge of the lens. Either way, the camera was a goner but at least I had a backup!

The Heights of Antarctica

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-01-18 11:20:20
  • CameraILCE-7S
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length19.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Inside Cape Evans Hut

Time for our regular Wednesday episode!

Every Wednesday we share a new one of these educational (and hopefully inspirational) videos that we shot in Africa. In this one, I get hands-on with a nice sunset shot…

Daily Photo – Inside Cape Evans Hut

I was lucky enough to visit all three of major expedition huts in Antarctica. This is the final one visited – Cape Evans Hut. If you don’t know your Scotts from your Shackletons, here is some info from Wikipedia:

Scott’s Hut is a building located on the north shore of Cape Evans on Ross Island in Antarctica. It was erected in 1911 by the British Antarctic Expedition of 1910–1913 (also known as the Terra Nova Expedition) led by Robert Falcon Scott. In selecting a base of operations for the 1910–1913 Expedition, Scott rejected the notion of reoccupying the hut he had built by McMurdo Sound during the Discovery Expedition of 1901–1904.

This first hut was located at Hut Point, 20 km south of Cape Evans. Two factors influenced this decision. One was that the hut was extremely cold for living quarters and the other was that Scott’s ship, the Discovery, had been trapped by sea ice at Hut Point, a problem he hoped to avoid by establishing his new base farther north.

Some confusion arises because Discovery Hut can technically be referred to as Scott’s hut, in that his expedition built it, and it was his base ashore during the 1901–1904 expedition, but the title Scott’s Hut popularly belongs to the building erected in 1911 at Cape Evans.

Inside Cape Evans Hut

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-01-20 11:29:38
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time13
  • Aperture8
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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