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Into Antarctica: For The Great Landscape & Safari On The Ice

 
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Mar 26, 2013 04:00 |  #1

Hi All,

Just come back home from a short trip into Antarctic Peninsular yesterday. Before the trip, we didn't expect much rather than 'once-of-lifetime experience' for 'been there'; which proved we were wrong wrong wrong, but it is in the very very good way!

The magnificent Antarctic landscape just unbelievable breathtaking beautiful; and great number of animal living in the Peninsular are the beyond my imagination.

Antarctica, the very best place for landscape and wildlife photographers!

For this trip, my wife and me took 5D2 and 5D3 bodies; 24L II, 85L II, 24-105L and 28-300L. Zeiss 10x25 Conquest T* & Leica 10x25 BCA Trinovid Binoculars; Crumpler 7 Million Dollar Home to carry all the gear:

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Crumpler, 7 Million Dollar Home (external link) by X_Tan (external link), on Flickr

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Crumpler, 7 Million Dollar Home (external link) by X_Tan (external link), on Flickr

But my 24-105L started to have 'Error 1' during our short trip around Chile, which didn't settle after I cleaned the lens connectors. So we didn't use this lens in Antarctic at all. Sorry for all 24-105L fan!

One of the reasons for bring 24L II & 85L II, we were going to watch Tango show in Argentina. Nothing can beat those two very fast prime lenses!

Most 5D3 shoots have GPS position, and flickr / google map report "This photo was taken on March xx, 2013 in a mysterious place with no name" if the shoot was taken in Antarctica.

For the next week or two, I'll post our trip in the chronicle way. I'm more than happy to answer your questions.

Day One: Very early flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, Argentina

That day Ushuaia was raining AS USUAL. We were NOT impressive.

5D2 + 85L II:
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Ushuaia, Argentina (external link) by X_Tan (external link), on Flickr

5D2 + 85L II:
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Ushuaia, Argentina (external link) by X_Tan (external link), on Flickr

5D3 + 28-300L @ 130mm:
IMAGE: http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8390/8591014333_ed14afc79f_b.jpg
IMAGE LINK: http://www.flickr.com/​photos/x_tan/859101433​3/  (external link)
Wild Flower @ Ushuaia, Argentina (external link) by X_Tan (external link), on Flickr

5D3 + 28-300L @ 150mm:
IMAGE: http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8381/8592117484_5b333ced50_b.jpg
IMAGE LINK: http://www.flickr.com/​photos/x_tan/859211748​4/  (external link)
Beagle Channel, Ushuaia (external link) by X_Tan (external link), on Flickr

Thank you for looking...

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Mar 27, 2013 04:14 |  #2

Day Two: On Board and Leaving Ushuaia

The sky was open finally, so we had a good time around Ushuaia.

5D2 + 85L II:

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Ushuaia, Argentina (external link) by X_Tan (external link), on Flickr
^ Our home for the next two weeks

5D2 + 85L II:
IMAGE: http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8378/8594974792_c4637e62a3_b.jpg
IMAGE LINK: http://www.flickr.com/​photos/x_tan/859497479​2/  (external link)
"Ushuaia, End Of The world" (external link) by X_Tan (external link), on Flickr

5D3 + 28-300L @ 100mm:
IMAGE: http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8382/8593876843_efc799ae12_b.jpg
IMAGE LINK: http://www.flickr.com/​photos/x_tan/859387684​3/  (external link)
Ushuaia, Argentina (external link) by X_Tan (external link), on Flickr
^ One more look before the ship leave the port

5D3 + 24L II @ f/1.4, ISO2500:
IMAGE: http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8531/8593879317_6b2fa7a2f4_b.jpg
IMAGE LINK: http://www.flickr.com/​photos/x_tan/859387931​7/  (external link)
@ Beagle Channel (external link) by X_Tan (external link), on Flickr
^ It was almost complete dark, and the 5D3 & 24L II still can capture this shoot...

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Mar 27, 2013 10:03 |  #3

Love the flower shot! Very sharp.


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Mar 27, 2013 10:09 |  #4

I'm jealous; it sounds like a phenomenal journey! Was this a private, pleasure trip or something organized as a work event, etc?


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Mar 27, 2013 10:15 |  #5

My wife and I are looking at Antarctica next February could you give some details on the logistics of the trip, who with, ship, how long and a idea of the cost.




  
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Mar 27, 2013 11:24 |  #6

Thanks for including your settings with each picture!!! Oh yea, great shots! :-)


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Mar 27, 2013 11:47 |  #7

Antarctica is well worth the trip. I went in 1980, courtesy of the US Coast Guard. It was that trip that made me decide to buy my first 35mm camera. Thanks for sharing your pics.


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Mar 28, 2013 04:25 as a reply to  @ MikeThompson's post |  #8

Thanks everybody for you kind words...

We join One Ocean Expeditions (external link) for this Antarctica trip. They provide Antarctic & Arctic Cruises (Canadian company hire this Russian ship). Their website has detail information and I'm not repeat here. Both of us had conference during this trip.

Here are some quick facts about this ship / cruise:
1. The ship is Russian-flagged; operate by Russian Captain and sailors, who are highly professional - FAR FAR from Hollywood's Offensive Stereotype!
2. The chiefs are Canadian and the food are nice; different menu (including vegetarian) for lunch & dinner every day.
3. The 'hotel' staffs are Canadian, OZ, English, Argentinian, etc. There are also our Zodiac drivers. Young, energetic and very friendly.
4. In-Room entertainment is ZERO. All rooms can close, but can NOT be locked. Unless you have a suite, your bed will be under direct view if anyone open your door. (You will be somewhere rather in your room during the day anyway.) There is no personal safe to keep your fancy staff.
5. The ship provide waterproof jacket, Bib pants and gumboots; we use our ski jacket as their jackets are bit heavy and not warm enough. Almost everybody use their pants and gumboots - too dirty to use our own stuff.

Day Three: 1st Day Drake Passage, sunny and the water as calm as you can get.
Some people said that 'Drake Passage' was rather "Drake Lake".
Lots birds.
Some dolphin (too far to photo them) - they will only to be seen in the warmer water closer to the land as we been told.

5D3+24L II:

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Acrossing Drake Passage Into Antarctica (external link) by X_Tan (external link), on Flickr

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Acrossing Drake Passage Into Antarctica (external link) by X_Tan (external link), on Flickr

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Acrossing Drake Passage Into Antarctica (external link) by X_Tan (external link), on Flickr

5D2 + 85L II:
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Acrossing Drake Passage Into Antarctica (external link) by X_Tan (external link), on Flickr

5D3 + 28-300L @ 300mm, f/5.6:
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IMAGE LINK: http://www.flickr.com/​photos/x_tan/859751570​0/  (external link)
Birds @ Drake Passage (external link) by X_Tan (external link), on Flickr

Day Four: 2nd Day Drake Passage, water calm but overcast.
Lots birds, some seals and penguins - none are good enough to show here.

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Mar 28, 2013 05:04 as a reply to  @ x_tan's post |  #9

That's a genuinely beautiful image right there. Absolutely gorgeous.


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Mar 28, 2013 12:52 |  #10

Thanks for the info!

Looks like a beautiful day on the water there! :)


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Mar 29, 2013 23:16 as a reply to  @ Snydremark's post |  #11

Thanks Andrew & Eric.

Sorry for taking so long to upload more photos, as I still try to get the name of the location of most the shots. Google Map almost practically useless.

Day Four: 1st Day in Antarctica! Two landing - morning at Pleneau Island; afternoon at Peterman Island.

When our ship moved close to Antarctic Peninsular in the earlier morning, the sky was still cloudy but our excitement surged regardless!

5D3 + 28-300L @ 235mm:

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IMAGE LINK: http://www.flickr.com/​photos/x_tan/860075792​9/  (external link)
Closing to Argentine Islands, Antarctica (external link) by X_Tan (external link), on Flickr

When our ship near Booth Island (middle) & Wilhelm Archipelago (Right), the sky started to open up. The true beauty of Antarctica is much much better than the movie!

5D3 + 28-300L @ 60mm:
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IMAGE LINK: http://www.flickr.com/​photos/x_tan/860120748​7/  (external link)
Booth Island, Wilhelm Archipelago, Antarctica (external link) by X_Tan (external link), on Flickr

5D3 + 28-300L @ 28mm:
IMAGE: http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8505/8601889114_d2d81f8d52_b.jpg
IMAGE LINK: http://www.flickr.com/​photos/x_tan/860188911​4/  (external link)
Booth Island, Wilhelm Archipelago, Antarctica (external link) by X_Tan (external link), on Flickr

Then we went out for our 1st Zodiac excursion (5D3 + 28-300L @ 28mm):
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Booth Island, Wilhelm Archipelago, Antarctica (external link) by X_Tan (external link), on Flickr

5D3 + 28-300L @ 90mm:
IMAGE: http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8110/8601304695_e33aca3980_b.jpg
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Wilhelm Archipelago, Antarctica (external link) by X_Tan (external link), on Flickr

And didn't take long, we spots lots penguins jumping out the water, and seal:

5D3 + 28-300L @ 100mm
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Seal Near Pleneau Island, Antarctica (external link) by X_Tan (external link), on Flickr

5D2 + 85L II:
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IMAGE LINK: http://www.flickr.com/​photos/x_tan/860132929​5/  (external link)
Seal Near Pleneau Island, Antarctica (external link) by X_Tan (external link), on Flickr
^ LOVE my 85L II!

Anyone know the name of the seal? Please...

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Mar 29, 2013 23:27 |  #12

Looks like a Leopard Seal.

Great shot and story. Keep them coming.


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Mar 30, 2013 01:47 |  #13

Thanks, kirish :)

Some people took up kayaking in the Antarctic water, which were very calm and effect-less.
Only one catch: they saw / explored far less than people on the Zodiac.

5D3 + 28-300L @ 190mm:

IMAGE: http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8257/8602665754_3ce7aab004_b.jpg
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Kayaking Near Pleneau Island, Antarctica (external link) by X_Tan (external link), on Flickr
^You can see the penguins standing on top of the rock; The smell from the Penguins colonies sooooo strong just unbelievable!

The temperature this time of the year / summer in Antarctica is around +1 to -1 degree Celsius, the water is cold but CAN swim!

5D3 + 28-300L @ 28mm:
IMAGE: http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8266/8601574453_a0c3330d85_b.jpg
IMAGE LINK: http://www.flickr.com/​photos/x_tan/860157445​3/  (external link)
Wilhelm Archipelago, Antarctica (external link) by X_Tan (external link), on Flickr

5D2 + 85L II:
IMAGE: http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8384/8602673808_249aa185f2_b.jpg
IMAGE LINK: http://www.flickr.com/​photos/x_tan/860267380​8/  (external link)
Wilhelm Archipelago, Antarctica (external link) by X_Tan (external link), on Flickr

Canon 5D3 + Zoom (EF 17-40L, 24-105L & 28-300L, 100-400L II) & Prime (24L II, 85L II, 100L, 135L & 200 f/2.8L II; Zeiss 1,4/35)
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Mar 30, 2013 02:03 |  #14

OH MAN!! I sooooo want to do this...


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Mar 30, 2013 02:19 |  #15

OH Man this is fantastic. I wanna go there :) Give us more pictures.


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