Antarctica Return to the White Continent

One of the most exciting destinations on the planet for both landscape and wildlife photography is Antarctica. The enigmatic white continent is without doubt the premiere and sought after location for Polar Photography on our planet. With its monumental icebergs, towering mountains and glaciers and plethora of wildlife it offers the intrepid photographer a unique and powerful photographic experience.

One of the problems with almost all expeditions to Antarctica is the sheer number of people visiting ships can accomodate. In recent years there have been virtually no sub 100 passenger vessels (and many are now 200+ passengers) traversing the icy polar waters and this remains a major problem for photographers. With strict IATO restrictions across Antarctica, passengers and photographers have been forced to wait their turn for an all too brief period of photography on the continent with no more than 100 souls aloud ashore at any one time. Now, I am extremely excited to announce that my company Wild Nature Photo Travel has fully chartered the completely refitted Polar Pioneer and we will be returning to the Great White Continent in December of 2023 on a dedicated expedition for photographers.

With a capacity of just 52 photographers we will all be able to all land at the same time and spend hours ashore at each of our landing locations. Our choice time-slot of December 8th – December 21st 2023 is absolutely ideal for both ice and snow; whilst providing us a fantastic opportunity for a potential landing at Deception Island and a subsequent cruise through the spectacular Lemaire Channel – a landscape photographers paradise.

Wether you are a seasoned Antarctic veteran, or a first time traveller, this expedition is sure to offer you unparalleled and unique opportunities not offered anywhere else. You will be one of just 52 photographers on a dedicated expedition designed solely to offer the best possible photographic experiences – A return to the Great White Continent!

For more information, or to register your interest to be amongst the first to be notified when bookings are open please drop me an email to info@jholko.com

Photo of the Month April 2021 Pallas Cat in Deep Snow

The photograph of the month for April 2021 comes from my scouting trip to Mongolia in Winter of 2019 to photograph the Pallas Cat (Read the Trip Report). One of my main goals for this field trip was not only to find the Pallas Cat, but to be able to photograph it in the snow. Generally, Pallas Cat do their best to stay out of the snow when possible. Their short legs makes it difficult for them to move quickly in deep snow. This photograph was taken right at the very end of the expedition on my very last day.  When exposed and out in the open like this, Pallas Cat will often make itself very flat on the ground to make itself as inconspicuous as possible. Although the Pallas Cat is a predator, it is not at the top of the food chain and can end up as prey for some of the large Eagle species found across the country.

M-Mode Magazine Premiere Issue Cover Shot and Feature Interview

M-Mode, an all new magazine that aims to connect the dots between Nature photography and Art is being released today and very pleased to announce that I scored both the cover shot and the feature interview article for the premiere issue. Mode M can be downloaded for FREE HERE.

A new international nature photographic magazine, where the best photographers of the world collaborate to show us their work. The magazine is bilingual: Spanish and English. Contains several sections: Portfolio, Interview, Dream Travel, Km 0 near paradise, agenda, amazing images, etc

Canon EOS 1DX MK3 Firmware 1.4 March 2021

Firmware Version 1.3.0 incorporates the following enhancements:

Firmware Version 1.4.0 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:
1. Adds [RAW (Light)] to the movie recording size and [IPB (Light)] to 4K to enable lower bit rate shooting. These settings can also be selected when RAW+MP4 is set.
2. The transfer time (estimated value) now displays on the camera monitor during FTP transfer.
3. Improves communication reliability when using FTP and USB simultaneously.

Firmware Version 1.4.0 is for cameras with firmware up to Version 1.3.0. If the camera’s firmware is already Version 1.4.0, it is not necessary to update the firmware.

Notes:
The User Manual on our website has been updated accordingly. Please download the User Manual as well as the latest firmware. You can download it from the official website.

The following Applications have been updated accordingly:
– Camera Connect 2.7.30
– EOS Utility 3.13.20
– Digital Photo Professional 4.14.0
– Canon RAW Plugin 2.2 for Final Cut Pro X 
– Canon RAW Plugin 2.7 for Avid Media Access
Please download the Applications as well as the latest firmware.

Polar Bears of Svalbard 2021 Delayed

As has become an all too familiar occurrence over the course of this pandemic, the 2021 Polar Bears of Svalbard expedition planned for this July is being delayed until 2022. Although we now have quite a few different approved vaccines across the globe, the rollout of them has been agonisingly slow (especially in Australia and much of Europe). Australia’s international boarders remain firmly closed at present and although it is possible for me to leave the country on legitimate business I would have to do so without a vaccine at present; quarantine in Norway and then quarantine again on my return to Australia in a state facility (I would much rather quarantine with the Polar bears). Additionally, and of major consideration, is the ongoing restriction of 50% ship passenger capacity in Svalbard and Norway that make it logistically impossible to proceed at this point.

The new dates for the expedition are July 6th – July 15th 2022. Let us hope we can all safely get back to travel, photography and a sense of normality long before then. In the meantime, both myself and the shipping company remain committed to the expedition, ensuring we provide the best possible experience and we are looking forward to our new dates.