Antarctic Photographic Exhibition Showcases Icy Wilderness

The Antarctic Photography Exhibition has opened at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery as part of the Australian Antarctic Festival. All photographs were taken in recent years in Antarctica and the sub-Antarctic and were submitted by professional and amateur photographers from Greenland, Italy, New Zealand, Australia and Antarctica. Australian Antarctic Festival director Paul Cullen said the competition was narrowed down to 24 images to make up the exhibition. I am pleased to say the exhibition includes two of my personal favourite images from Antarctica (that have also been named as finalists).Ice Fortress HMAS Penguin Pool

The finalists selected for exhibition are:

  1. Nicole Anderson – Port Lockroy, Antarctica
  2. Nicole Anderson – Ice Cave Antarctica
  3. Helen Baird – Catch of the Day
  4. Barend Becker – King Penguins Leaving The Station At MacquarieIsland
  5. Karl Betteridge – Dive Comp
  6. Thomas Burns – The Sea Lion and the Skua
  7. Chad Carey – Orca Antarctica
  8. Tony Flemming – Aurora Basin Camp
  9. Brett Free – Angel Wings
  10. Jarrod Hodgson – Macquarie Island Sun – Australia’s sub-Antarctic From a Drone
  11. Joshua Holko – HMAS Iceberg
  12. Joshua Holko – The Fortress
  13. Kate Lawrence – Gadgets Gully, The Isthmus and North Head, Macquarie Island
  14. Sarah Lockyer – Adventures in Observation, Paradise Bay, Antarctic Peninsula
  15. David Lomas – Helicopter Resources AS350B3e helicopters loaded onto a RAAF C17
  16. Gianluca Lombardi – Reflections
  17. Rob Massom – Cold Hard Light of Day
  18. Shane Ness – Aurora Over Mawson Station
  19. Nick Roden – Defiant Legacy
  20. James Stone – King Penguin Collar Detail
  21. Doug Thost – Self Portrait with the Aurora
  22. Chris Wilson – Ice Berg With Penguins
  23. Eric Woehler – Rockhopper Penguin
  24. Jennifer Wressel – The Meeting

Natures Best Photography 2016 Highly Honoured Polar Passion

A few days ago I returned home to Australia from back-to-back expeditions and workshops to Svalbard and Iceland (trip reports coming soon). I was very pleasantly surprised to find on my return that one of my photographs that made the finals in the Polar Passion category of Natures Best Photography this year has subsequently been Highly Honoured and chosen for inclusion in the 2016 Natures Best Photography exhibition and book. See below for a complete list of the winners and highly honoured photographers.

The photograph was taken on my 2015 Summer Svalbard expedition (read the trip report). If you would like to travel to Svalbard and photograph Wild Polar Bears there are now only a couple of places remaining on my summer expedition next year 2017 before it will be sold out. To get an idea of what these expeditions are like be sure to watch the video Kingdom of the Ice Bear from our 2015 expedition.

The Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards staff is proud to announce the names of the photographers who will be displayed in our upcoming 2016 Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards Exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. The Windland Awards exhibition will open to the public on October 19, 2016 and run through 2017. 
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Svalbard in Winter Expedition SOLD OUT

I am excited to announce that as of last week my new expedition to Svalbard in Winter next March is already sold out. The result of several scouting and test trips this new and unique expedition offers a first time opportunity to photograph in Svalbard in winter from expedition ship. The Arctic in Winter is a place to inspire the imagination. It is a white landscape bathed in golden light. This brand new expedition is the first of its type to venture north of Longyearbyen by ship in winter.svalbard-9725-edit copyIf you missed out on this expedition and are interested in travelling and photographing in Svalbard in Winter I will be announcing new dates for 2018 soon. Like 2017, this expedition will be limited to just 12 participants and will take us into remote areas of the Arctic at a time when the polar light is at its absolute best. I am not quite ready to start taking bookings for 2018 yet, but if you would like to be amongst the first to reserve your place you can register your interest now by dropping me an email (no obligation at this point). More details to come soon.

Canon EOS 1DX MKII Firmware Update V.1.1.2

Canon has released the much rumoured firmware update for the EOS-1D X Mark II. Although I don’t often write about firmware and equipment updates I wanted to make an exception with this update as there are several new interesting features that might be appealing to some users. Of particular note is the function to set the GPS positional data retention period. I have found in my own experience that the GPS frequently looses connection when I am on ship moving in and out of my cabin; so this should resolve that issue. The addition of a function to append IPTC data is also appealing and could be useful in certain situations.

Firmware Version 1.1.2 incorporates the following improvements to enhance functions.

  1. The addition of a selectable color-tone option for the LCD monitor.
  2. The addition of a function to append IPTC data.
  3. The addition of a function to transfer only protected images.
  4. The addition of a function to set the GPS positional data retention period.
  5. An increase in the number of network connection settings that can be saved to a memory card from 20 to 40.
  6. When retrying FTP transfer, extension of the minimum auto power off time to 10 minutes.
  7. Improvement of wireless transmission when using Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E6.

In a nutshell: what’s new and different?

This new upgrade (version 1.1) addresses specific issues that professional news and photojournalism organizations have brought to Canon’s attention. Not all of these will be important in more ordinary, everyday use to individual photographers (including myself). That said, the changes and new features that this firmware adds to the EOS-1D X Mark II camera are the ability to:

  • Install up to 39 items of IPTC information into the camera, and to add data (or deliberately not apply it) to images you take
  • Add set-up information for up to 40 new Wi-Fi® networks to a memory card, and load that data as a full set of possible Wi-Fi networks to select from for connection
  • Transfer only “protected” images via Wi-Fi
  • Retain GPS position data:  Continue to apply last known GPS location information to images subsequently taken, even if GPS connection is lost (photographer went inside a building, etc.)
  • Change LCD color tone (four pre-defined settings), to either approximate display from other cameras you’re working with, or to shift color tone based on ambient lighting as the LCD monitor is being used

The aim of these changes is to enhance a professional photographer’s workflow; improve on-location network and Wi-Fi operations (especially for photographers working at large events, with many Wi-Fi networks in simultaneous operation); and to smooth the process of transferring images and managing them with new embedded metadata.

Keep in mind that the EOS-1D X Mark II differs from other Canon EOS models in that it not only permits network communication and transfer of images via Wi-Fi (using the optional WFT-E8A or WFT-E6A wireless file transmitters), but also via wired ethernet connection — there’s a dedicated ethernet port on the camera for this purpose.  This allows similar network connectivity, but without some of the variables users can encounter on-location with Wi-Fi transmission.

Read more at the Canon Digital Learning Center