A Rather Cold Hut in Antarctica

Antarctica History lesson

This blog is not exactly a bastion for educational matters, but today it is! Here’s a bit of info on Captain Scott’s first expedition to Antarctica, which is of course related to today’s photo. This info comes from the Antarctica Historic Trust.

Robert Falcon Scott’s National Antarctic Expedition 1901–04, a joint initiative between The Royal Geographical Society and The Royal Society, was the second expedition to winter over on the Antarctic continent, and the first to carry out significant exploration and serious scientific research.

Three of the most famous men in Antarctic exploration – Scott, Shackleton and Wilson – achieved a furthest south sledging journey of 82º 16’ S in the summer of 1902–03. On 9 January 1902, a stop was made at Cape Adare where the record left by Borchgrevink was found, and on 4 February, during flights by Scott and Sub-Lieutenant Ernest Shackleton RNR in a hydrogen balloon over the Ross Ice Shelf, Shackleton took the first aerial photographs of Antarctica. On the expedition’s return home, 11 volumes of scientific results were published and Scott was welcomed as a national hero.

BTW, I think it’s funny that there were two groups and they were called “The Royal Geographical Society” and “The Royal Society.” One can only imagine the polite bickering between these two groups over tea.

Daily Photo – A Rather Cold Hut in Antarctica

Here’s an interesting fact about this place. It was actually so cold in here that most men decided to stay on the boat instead. I can certainly attest to how cold it was inside of here. Somehow, it was even colder than outside, but maybe that’s because I was here in the “summer”. The only benefit of being inside is that you get out of the wind. It’s interesting to know this was Scott’s first hut. His second hut made many improvements to this design. If you click on the Antarctica category, you’ll see a lot more.

A Rather Cold Hut in Antarctica

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  • Date Taken2015-01-19 19:54:25
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time10
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Folded Ice in Antarctica

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Daily Photo – Folded ice in Antarctica

Now, even though I took thousands and thousands of photos of ice in Antarctica, I am not sure I took enough! I'm still going through new photos that I haven't processed yet, and I am starting to see the end of the well. There's a mild panic inside of me! I do have somewhat of a little plan. I'm going to try to get back in touch with Antarctica New Zealand to see if I can make another go at the frozen continent. I've come up with all sorts of ideas I want to explore down there!

Folded ice in Antarctica

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  • Date Taken2015-01-12 02:11:07
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/6400
  • Aperture4
  • ISO80
  • Focal Length18.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

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Desolation in Antarctica

Burning Man Photo Walk!

At my 8th Annual Photo Walk at Burning Man, a great time was had by all! Come over and check out the Discussion area of the event to see what new photos have been posted!

One of the Big New Features in Aurora HDR 2019

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Daily Photo – Desolation in Antarctica

I took this from a helicopter while flying back from the Dry Valleys to the New Zealand base. It was a long flight and it's stirring how desolate everything there is. Every now and then you see these enormous formations shoot out of the ice. I can't imagine how old they are… they must have been formed ice ages ago. Also, it's crazy to imagine those old explorers from a hundred years ago with dog sled teams going hundreds of miles through such a nihilistic landscape.

Desolation in Antarctica

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  • Date Taken2015-01-09 11:10:21
  • CameraILCE-7M2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length20.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Seals for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (and Seal Snacks)

Passport Sunday!

I’m starting a new thing where I guarantee a new entry every Sunday for Passport Members. I figure Sunday is just about the laziest day of the week for most people, so it’s a good day for learning. Make a point to grab your morning coffee (feel free to put some whisky in it), and then sit down to enjoy the weekly video release! Today is one from Antarctica. To get you in the mood, here is my Antarctica Album!

Today’s video release is the 7th video I’ve released from the month I spent in Antarctica. It’s all about exploring another hut, technology, taking photos, and time capsules!

Antarctica: Hut & Cold

I was lucky enough to visit all the huts in Antarctica where explorers from a century ago used to live. It’s really unbelievable they were able to survive. Even more amazing is that all of these huts had a very tiny little dark room for editing photos. I can imagine that the photographer on the trip was probably one of the most popular dudes because there must have been some excitement about the photo creation process. I know how long it takes to manually develop film, so I bet by the time he was finished with the photo there was quite a little celebration. Remember, they didn’t have Netflix (at least, I think).

On the tech side, I also talk a little bit about what happens with long exposures with noise reduction turned on.

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Daily Photo – Seals for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (and Seal Snacks)

I took photos in all the huts (as you can see in the album link above) to try to capture not just the details, but the mood. This particular one was so desolate and cold that many members of the expedition chose to stay on the boat, where I can't imagine it was a lot warmer. But, I guess it was fun to come over here and have a seal sandwich or a seal smoothie.

Seals for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (and Seal Snacks)

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  • Date Taken2018-08-02 15:17:32
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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

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  • 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

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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

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  • 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

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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

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  • 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

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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

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  • 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

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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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