Antarctic Circle

Ron Niebrugge Antarctica, Photos, Travel 7 Comments

This was at 2:29 in the morning as we neared the Antarctic Circle.

Our icebreaker cruised through ice flows like this as if they were nothing.  But, the large ice ridges off in the distance were a different story.  The captain studied them closely before picking his route so that he could push through a weak spot.  We were allowed in the bridge and it was interesting listening to our captain shout out orders.  Things like “Go right there and ram it!”  Even though he was Russian, he was giving orders in broken English I think in part for our entertainment.  I got the feeling that icebreaker Captains live for this – at least it appeared that our Captain was having a good time.

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  1. Awesome picture. Was that taken the same day as your first Antarctica post? Do you use any special techniques shooting for a moving platform as opposed to on solid ground?

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    Thanks Richard – it sure was!

    Thanks Andy. This was at 2:30 in the morning – the first photo was about 1:00 a.m. this following day – so about 22 hours later. I didn’t get much sleep!

    Since I was on a moving boat, I definitely worried more about shutter speed then I would if I was on a tripod. Here I was at f/8 – which was fine since I was so high off the water, but I would have stopped down more if I was on a tripod. I’m also at ISO 800 – I would have used ISO 100 on land. Between the two, I was able to get a 1/320 of a second shutter speed which was important giving the movement. Thanks for the question!

  3. The sort of picture that you could gaze at for hours and feel more relaxed with every passing moment! I think it is beautiful.

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  5. Ron – really enjoying your shots from your trip from around the web. I thought this was particularly interesting for the warm tones – something you don’t see much from that region.

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