POTD: Sunrise 2:30 a.m.

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Sunrise 2:30 a.m.

Location: Antarctica
Camera: Phase One P65+, 75-150mm, 645DF
Settings: f/11, ISO 400, 1/250 sec, six shot panoramic
When: December 2010

The Antarctic sky had cleared for the first time during our trip, the cruise ship floating near the Lemaire Channel.  You don’t anchor in Antarctica, you turn slowly around a stationary point for the night.  The captain estimated sunrise at 4am so a 3:30 shoot was planned.

That evening the light was surreal and stretched into a four hour sunset.  Every 30 minutes I climbed up to the observation deck to photograph the changing light. One by one the others passengers retired to their cabins.  Eventually, I was the only one awake shooting and loading images into my laptop.  After midnight I decided I might as well stay awake until the sunrise and kept up my 30 minute routine.  At 2:30 the sky burst into incredible color and in a few moments the color was gone.

I traveled to Antarctica a year after a near-fatal accident in the Arkansas wilderness.  I still recall my emotions of being alive, completely alone, on this ghostly quiet ship in the middle of Antarctica – unbelievable!   Outside in my shirt sleeves the temperature just above freezing I reflected on the accident, months of therapy to walk and here I was the sole witness to this incredible scene.  That moment was the beginning of my passion for photographic discovery that continues to this day.

Your darkest moment may contain the seeds of your destiny

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POTD: Enlightened

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Enlightened

Location: Antarctic Sounds
Camera: Pase One P65+, Phase One DF Body, 35mm
Settings: f/11, 1/250, ISO 200
When: December, 2010

The sun is a rare sight on stormy days in Antarctica. At the end of this day the sun peaked through the clouds lighting the wintery seascape for a second or two.  It’s hard to believe the iceberg in the center is nearly 200′ tall.

With all icebergs the rule of thumb goes that we are only seeing a small portion of the ice while the remainder is submerged. Try to imagine the size and weight of these massive icebergs as my large expedition ship could not reach halfway up them in height!

The darkened icebergs in the foreground create unique leading lines drawing your attention to the dramatic scene in the center of the frame.

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POTD: Arched Iceberg

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Arched Iceberg

Location: Antarctic Sounds
Camera: Phase One P65+, Phase One DF Body, 75-150mm
Settings: f/11, 1/250, ISO 400, 4 shot stitch
When: December 2010

While not an image in my portfolio, I thought you might enjoy viewing this massive iceberg with multiple arches.  You cannot tell from this photograph but this iceberg is over 100 feet tall.

Huge sheets of ice up to 200′ tall break off from the Larsen Ice Shelf  and drift northward in the Weddell Sea.  Some of these icebergs get drawn into the Antarctic Sound and never drift back out.  For years they melt into unreal shapes until finally there is nothing left.  Some melt into arches like this, others will have waterfalls streaming off them into the inky waters.

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