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.

Passport Members today get a little bonus to see how I processed this on the computer. It was kind of a mess to start with, to be honest. But it came out quite interesting, I think!

And here’s the how-to!

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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 Antarctica 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

Another Amazing Hut on Antarctica

A creative way for getting rid of noise

Today, I thought I’d share something special. We released this to Passport Members first last year. I wanted to share it with everyone now as sort of a promotion for the passport! Last year I released about 50 videos like these in the membership area.

So this video shows a creative way I came up with for getting rid of noise. It’s beautiful and not very time-consuming. It’s always quite a bit of fun!

And here is the final photo:

A Panorama Of The Valley

Today’s photo is from Antarctica (you’ll see it below). We released 3 videos from Antarctica last month for Passport Members so be sure to go check those out!

Daily Photo – Another Amazing Hut on Antarctica

These shots are definitely worth a zoom-in if you have the time. Click through to go to the Smugmug site. When there, down in the lower right-hand corner you can see there are little piled up rectangles. If you click on those, you can go see the original and scroll around the see all the nifty details!

Another Amazing Hut on Antarctica

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-01-09 12:40:13
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time8
  • Aperture9.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Some More Antarctica Photos

Passport Member for Christmas?

Hey, how about getting a friend or loved one a membership to the “Passport” here on Stuck In Customs? Or, even better, get one for yourself! πŸ™‚ Here’s a little video that talks more about it.

Antarctica Video with Photo Tips

Today for Passport members we have our third Antarctica video; this one is chockful of photo tips for a panorama I took of thousands of penguins. If you’ve missed the previous Antarctica videos, be sure to visit the Passport area here on the site.

Some More Antarctica Photos

And here is another collection for you! In the first one, if you look close, you may see my friend Stu standing way on the left out by the glacier.


Spreading out across Antarctica

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

The Breaking Sea Ice on the way to Antarctica

Enjoy! You may even hear the part where Stu laughs in the background while filming me πŸ™‚

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More Passport Antarctica Love

Last week we released the first Antarctica video exclusively for Passport Members. In this one, you see me in survival training, digging an ice cave, and getting rested up for some photography the next day!

More Antarctica Photos

And staying in the spirit of it, here are some more favorite photos from Antarctica!

The Smoothness Of Antarctica

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

Alone in the Vast Expanse of Antarctica

Hacking through the Ice

Minecraft: Antarctica Edition

And here you go, enjoy!

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Antarctica Videos!

We’re about to launch several videos that I made while in Antarctica to Passport Members. I think you’ll really enjoy them. I’m getting started with kind of a fun one today, getting outfitted by Antarctica New Zealand in all our Emergency Conditions Weather Gear. It is NOT EASY to wear all this stuff and take photos at the same time, I assure you! I felt a bit like a space-man or something! You’ll see me up in the cockpit of the C-130 on the way in, trying to get a few decent photos!

First, here’s the new “Promo” video we made for potential Passport Members

Some favorites from Antarctica!

To celebrate some of this fun Antarctica news, here’s a few photos from the several weeks I spent there!

Approaching the Glacier

Day 1 – Survive in Antarctica

Digging In For The Winter

Mount Erebus from the Air

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Dining in, in Antarctica

More about the Huts

There’s a great organization called the Antarctica New Zealand Heritage Trust that has gone through painstaking efforts to restore all of these huts. Here’s a link to find out more about this particular hut. And if you’re a history buff, you may enjoy reading more stuff on that site too… quite interesting!

Daily Photo – Dining in, in Antarctica

This is Captain Scott's hut at St. Evans. I was lucky enough to visit all the huts. There are lots of interesting things about this hut, but one of the most interesting, to me, is this was his 2nd expedition to Antarctica, so he knew what he was doing. There were not only a lot more supplies, but also the kitchen fire exhaust pipes weaved around the entire hut to warm it. There was basically always food being prepared, so it kept the inside nice and warm.

Dining in, in Antarctica

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-01-20 11:26:18
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time4
  • Aperture8
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length20.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Approaching Antarctica

Kit.com

We tried something new here with grouping together all the “goodies” I use either for photography or fun! Here’s our link to Kit.com – enjoy!

Daily Photo – Approaching Antarctica

Somehow I talked my way into the cockpit of the C-130 that was landing on the ice in Antarctica. It was my first time landing in a plane with skis on the bottom, so it was pretty exciting. I wasn't nervous… and these cool-headed US Military guys put my mind at ease! πŸ™‚

Approaching Antarctica

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-01-06 16:24:05
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Into the Windy Crevasse

Antarctica Photos

There are two ways for you to explore all my Antarctica photos. One is to visit my Artactica category on Smugmug – the second is to click on the Antarctica category on top of this post to see all the same stuff on the blog. The only difference is the blog sorts by “most recent” and Smugmug sorts by “most popular.”

Daily Photo – Into the Windy Crevasse

During one of my midnight walks in Antarctica I came across this deep, dark ice cave. I was by myself, but I really wanted to go inside. I thought the better of it, which is a high-point for my normally untrustworthy judgment. If I had gone in here and disappeared, I would not have been found for three more ice ages. But my camera should still be intact, and this would have been the final photo recovered by future-robots!

Into the Windy Crevasse

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-01-11 00:48:16
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

That Dragon in Antarctica

Dragon’s Den

I do love that show but I heard a bad story about one of the guys on there… won’t rat him out, but he really screwed over some of my entrepreneur friends. That kinda sucks… I always want to believe in the best in people, but they really toyed with this young company I know. Not so cool…

Daily Photo – That Dragon in Antarctica

Well, the title is loosely related to That Tree in Wanaka, except this one is a bit harder to reach. I thought about getting closer to it, but the ice started to crack and so did my nerves! If I had the proper ice-climbing equipment and rescue stuff, I might have. But since I was all alone, I didn't make the attempt… and I'm sure that made my mom happy. But I kept thinking about how cool it would be to ride an ice dragon! πŸ™‚

That Dragon in Antarctica

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-01-11 00:51:33
  • CameraILCE-7M2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/8000
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length151.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-3

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