Time has quickly evaporated since my return from Greenland (Read the Trip Report) and in just a few minutes (as soon as I finish this post) I am heading to the airport to start the long trip to Santiago in Chile and then on down to Puerto Williams at the bottom of South America. From there it will be a two day sail across the Drake Passage to Antarctica.
I have been looking forward to this expedition for a long time now. As a full charter that is totally dedicated to photography we have a lot of flexibility to operate in the best light of the day and to explore where we choose. Being the first expedition of the season means we should also encounter really fantastic ice and snow conditions on the Peninsula. If you follow my blog then you know that I wrote a series of lengthy articles on How to Choose a Photographic Expedition to Antarctica over the past months. Everything about this expedition has been designed with the photographer in mind first and foremost.
As is custom I like to do a post of what equipment I am taking with me on an expedition. After much soul searching, and a lot of back and forth I have decided not to take my underwater housing and pole-cam system with me on this expedition. Simply put, I don’t feel I have enough experience with the underwater system as yet to maximise any opportunities that might present themselves. Antarctica is a difficult place to operate and photograph and trying to work with equipment with which you are unfamiliar is at best problematic and at worst a complete waste of time. It would inevitably result in other missed opportunities. Underwater work in Antarctica is simply going to have to wait until such time as I have become more familiar with the housing controls and the nuances of working underwater. Without the burden of the underwater housing I can focus on terrestrial work and bring a good range of equipment to work with.
Lightroom Roller Camera bag (Carry on Luggage)
See you in Antarctica!