The Long Plane Ride to Antarctica

Tip Video – Making Grass more Supple and Dreamy

In today’s video, I show how to use Aurora HDR to make the grass look extra soft and alive. I have a theory about landscape photos in that people imagine walking around inside of them. A lot of people imagine walking barefooted around inside… so I like to do little things like make the grass look extra squishy or sand look extra warm and soft. Anyway, enjoy!

Daily Photo – The Long Plane Ride to Antarctica

Now, I always get a bit of feedback from plane experts when I give the model number of this particular unit. But I THINK it is a CL-130 Hercules. It's modified so that it lands on skis instead of wheels for the giant ice runway on the mainland of Antarctica. As you can see, it's not exactly built for comfort and business-class service specs on board. But, all things considered, it was actually quite comfortable. I spent most of the time up, walking around and taking photos. I got to be good friends with Randy the loadmaster and a lot of the rest of the crew too. There was plenty of time because I think it was about a ten hour ride! On board here were people from all four bases. I was on my way to the New Zealand base, but the other nations represented were the US, Italy, and Korea.

The Long Plane Ride to Antarctica

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-01-06 10:04:15
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/45
  • Aperture
  • ISO2000
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+2

Experimenting in Antarctica

Random thoughts on composition in Puerto Rico

This is a video I made in San Juan just before the hurricane hit. I haven’t been back, but I may go later this year to see what it’s like now. I figure this area that I show is pretty much the same… the old town is a great area to for exploration and photography. I recommend it! 🙂

Daily Photo – Experimenting in Antarctica

When I visited the reconstructed huts across Antarctica, I was impressed by the amount of scientific work that they performed inside. If you click on this photo and zoom into 100%, you'll see all sorts of beakers, chemicals, and other things you might find in a medieval apothecary. I can't imagine what sorts of scientific experiments were going on because there's not a huge amount of biological diversity down there. It's 99% snow, ice, and water with an occasional penguin.

Experimenting in Antarctica

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

Layers of Ice and Water in Antarctica

Yacht Photo Story in News.com.au

The team over there in Australia took note of my yacht photo and it’s rather curious description. So that began a nice little interview that resulted in this Click-Baity article!

Here is the photo from the article:

The Abandoned Yacht In The Middle Of Government Housing

Daily Photo – Layers of Ice and Water in Antarctica

Oh how I wish I could have taken my quadcopter to Antarctica! They gave me the big no-no on that one, unfortunately. That's a real bummer because I could have gotten so many more shots. Anyway, I was more than lucky enough to take quite a few helicopter flights, and I went photo-crazy on all of them. I negotiated for the best seat (often having to offer bottles of wine) so that I could see as much as possible. One time, I had my camera out the window and the shutter area inside the Sony broke apart. I have no idea how that happened because I thought it was air-sealed in there. Anyway, who knows… but I got this shot right before it broke apart.

Layers of Ice and Water in Antarctica

Photo Information

  • 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

More Beautiful Rain in Tokyo

Double Passport Day!

Today we’ve got some goodies for Passport Members!. This is probably my favorite of the Antarctica Videos! It talks about when I had a fight with my Geophysics Professor and I dropped my double major in that because of it. It went on to teach me some important lessons by accident!

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Daily Photo – More Beautiful Rain in Tokyo

I couldn't figure out if I wanted to shoot in tiny little streets like this or huge streets full of electric signs. They both seemed to work really well. I think the busy streets were more chaotic and it was hard to find the exact sort of shot I wanted. In these smaller, more intimate streets, I was able just to focus on one or a few subjects and play with the compositions and colors.

More Beautiful Rain in Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-02-02 03:01:08
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture4
  • ISO6400
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

More Antarctica Photos!

Today I’ll share a nice little assortment of Antarctica photos for you! Do you know I still have hundreds and hundreds of unprocessed photos? Yes, I guess this is a good problem to have. I gotta get on that.

If you’re a Passport Member then today you see the bonus section of this blog post at the bottom and you’ll see the fifth Antarctica video we have put out.

It’s quite a dangerous place down there! This one is about our Hagglund sinking. I realize after re-watching the video that we forget to show what a Hagglund even is! I had no idea before I went down there. But here are some pics of the vehicle so you get an idea.

Trey and Stu

Camping in Antarctica

A Picnic on the Melting Sea Ice by a Hagglund

Panic City: Antarctica

Just your average day in Antarctica…

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The Fourth Behind-the-Scenes video from Antarctica

If you’re a Passport member, then you’re getting to see the next video from Antarctica. These were really fun to make. Today’s is a bit more storytelling, but let’s get started here with a few favorite photos from Antarctica!

Hacking through the Ice

Photo Walk in Antarctica

Digging In For The Winter

a silly place where penguins would steal rocks and orcas would eat penguins

The Fourth Antarctica Video!

This one tells a personal story about how some art my Uncle gave me turned out to be a big influence on my artistic life. It also bled into many of my Antarctica photos! Enjoy!

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Trey’s Mini-Rant About the New Star Wars Movie

Small Star Wars Rant

I really enjoyed Star Wars Episode: The Last Jedi. But, I’m such a geek that there are things that bother me… I could list 50 things I thought were awesome, but here are just a few silly things that I don’t understand. Maybe you can edumucate me.

  1. Vice Admiral Holdo. Overall, I found her to be a strange character. Especially when you have such an amazing female roles with Rey and Leia. I don’t mind yet another strong woman, but she was just a little strange for me. My biggest problem is she never really told anyone THE PLAN. Everyone was wondering what the heck her plan was. Because she refused to share her plan, it led to other side-missions and a mutiny. She could have said very clearly: “Look, our plan is to stay outside of their range for as long as possible, then send as many transports down to this planet with think is a safe base for us to call for more help.” Because she communicates no plan, a mass mutiny (a rebel rebellion) begins.

    Additionally, there were needless deaths during this plan. As the ships slowly got picked off behind her, all those people needlessly died. They could have taken a shuttle up to the cozy capital ship with Holdo. Surely they have an autopilot they can flip on for the last half hour of their flights so no humans have to die. Besides, the resistance needs as many pilots as they can get, so why let them die?

    Last, the idea to jump to light speed on a suicide mission was a pretty good idea, but it was really a last-second gambit. It should have been part of the plan from the beginning. And, if it was done right after the transport ships launched, those 10+ transport ships would not have been destroyed, saving even more lives.

    And, last, last, where did this mysterious fuel come from to jump to lightspeed? I thought they ran out and the final move was to launch the transports to the planet. The plot hole thickens.

  2. That whole Canto Bight side-mission was completely useless. In fact, it was deleterious. The whole point of the mission was for Finn and Rose to go locate a “Master Codebreaker” so they could sneak onto a ship and disable a tracking device, allowing the rebellion to jump to lightspeed and not be tracked. Well, that whole mission failed and it took up at least 30 minutes of screentime. Worse, not only did it fail, but it gave DJ (Benicio Del Toro) the chance to give insider information to the Empire when accelerated the Rebels’ demise.

    Continuing, why did they make it so hard to find this master codebreaker? I mean, he could have been anywhere, or even asleep. Why not arrange a meeting. When you are going to arrange a meeting, it involves a location and time. It could have easily been done because their mutual contact Maz Kanata could have set it up. Surely she doesn’t spend every waking hour jet-packing around with a blaster while Facetiming. She must have some downtime to send off an email or something to set up such an important meeting.

    Yeah, yeah it adds “tension” that they have to find this guy. And there was even more tension when they got arrested because they parked their spaceship in a bad parking space. Come on, Finn and Rose, can’t your writers advise that you go ahead and park your ship in a regular ship parking lot, so as to not arouse unneeded suspicion?

  3. Benicio Del Toro as DJ. That whole character was strange too. I think my biggest problem is that he wasn’t even playing a character, he was just being regular ol’ Benicio Del Toro. Hey, I love the guy, but he kind of took me out of the Star Wars universe and I was comparing his acting style to what he did in Usual Suspects (and most everything else). I thought it would have been cooler to have Lando Calrissian in that role.

  4. Rose. What is this character? I didn’t find her to be a compelling actor and I found her to be a bit annoying. It’s like they picked up some random fangirl at Comicon. “Hey, you’ll do,” thought the casting director while watching the audience at a Firefly panel on “How Handsome is Mal?”

    Rose’s job was to work on pipes or something, which is a fine job. So, how on the very next day does she go from being a Space Plumber to flying a fighter ship down on the planet with such skill that she can bop Finn’s ship to the ground without hurting either of them? I guarantee you those ships don’t have airbags. It reminded me a little of that Very Silly scene from Episode 1 where the 7-year-old Anakin takes a spaceship and uses it to blow up one of the Empire’s biggest ships.

  5. No JJ Abrams. I felt something in the force of this movie… that JJ Abrams was not involved enough. I always feel like I get a certain “feeling” with a JJ Abrams film that was missing here. I understand he gave full control to the director, and that’s probably a good thing because you can’t be second-guessing the director all the time, but it all felt a bit off.

Final Thoughts

All that being said, I still really liked the movie! I would have liked it even more if Holdo would have just explained the fucking plan.

Daily Photo – Airport on Hoth

Speaking of Star Wars, my time in Antarctica was a little bit like Hoth. I didn't have a tauntaun to crawl inside when I got cold, but I did have Stu Robertson. He made many of the same sounds as a tauntaun, in fact. Anyway, one day we snowmobiled out to the “airport” to see this scene. It's technically an airport, I guess, insofar as you land somewhere on this ice and can refuel for the flight back to Christchurch, New Zealand.

Airport on Hoth

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-01-21 07:39:26
  • CameraILCE-7M2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1

A trip up the Volcano

Don’t miss the first three Antarctica videos we released!

These are kind of fun videos I think! If you’re a Passport Member then you can watch all three of them right now. 3/3 is the one that has the most “photo advice” whereas the others are just more informal and behind-the-scenes kind of stuff where you see me build a snow cave and junk like that.

Here’s a link to the first video!

Here’s a link to the second video!

Here’s a link to the third video, enjoy!

Daily Photo – A trip up the Volcano

See that volcano in the distance? It doesn't look too far, does it? Assuming there was a road to the top, it would probably take about six hours to get up there by car! Stu and I asked if we could commandeer that truck and go on a joyride to the top. They told us no, that it probably would not be a good idea because it's actually an active volcano. We begrudgingly took their advice.

A trip up the Volcano

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-01-21 07:31:35
  • CameraILCE-7M2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1250
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

Fuel Trucks in Antarctica

Today’s Passport Video – Content Aware Awesomeness

You may notice a bunch of Antarctica photos lately! Well I have about 150 I have never processed, and my love for Antarctica was re-kindled after our team started piecing together some videos from the place.

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Daily Photo – Fuel Trucks in Antarctica

I didn't get to spend a lot of time out at the airport, mostly because it's such a long way from the base. It can take over an hour to get there on a snowmobile. That doesn't sound so bad, but riding a snowmobile for that long can be a bit “rattling” to say the least. Anyway, when I got out here, I had to make sure to avoid the runway. It was quite confusing to where the runway actually was, so I was on the hot lookout for a C-130 raining down on me!

Fuel Trucks in Antarctica

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-01-21 07:47:50
  • CameraILCE-7M2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture4
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1

More Clare in Antarctica

Stu and Clare

During survival training, Stu and Clare took a break for her to hold the white rose for his photo project. I took this photo of them together:

Stu And Claire And The Rose

Daily Photo – More Clare in Antarctica

It's not so often you're stuck on an Antarctic base with a beautiful scientist right? Sounds like it's out of a Hollywood movie! People on the base would often take walks outside the base in their off hours. You had to carry a Walkie-Talkie and check in at various times so that radio comms could keep track of all 100 souls there at the New Zealand base. On one of these walks, I took this photo.

More Clare in Antarctica

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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