There are few destinations in the world farther out of reach than Antarctica. First, it is far away from about everywhere. Then, it imposes some restrictive rules on those inclined to visit, and demands prohibitive prices for the privilege of doing so.
Still, the experience is a truly rewarding one and well worth the immense effort. The sights are breathtaking, the wildlife is unique and blissfully unaware of human presence, and the raw excitement of having seen it with your own eyes is plain overwhelming.
“Antarctica has this mythic weight. It resides in the collective unconscious of so many people, and it makes this huge impact, just like outer space. It's like going to the moon.”
The scene pictured is from an early afternoon in February on deck of an expedition cruise ship, two weeks into my "epic" Antarctica journey. The ship is entering the Lemaire Channel from the north, Antarctic mainland to its port side, all passengers and expedition staff out.
It is crowded and loud, cameras clicking without a break, the ship slowly finding its way into the strait, it isn't clear yet if the passage is free of ice, everybody is charging to the bow to see for themselves, fine by me, I still haven't got a shot, the short lens on my camera would have probably caught some elbows and heads in the huddle anyway, I rush in the opposite direction, to the aft, and aim backwards standing mid ship, just in time to get the edge of the coastline inside the frame, together with the last visible strip of the horizon, now here goes…
Was it OK? No idea, it will take time before I know for sure. Another week on the ship, three days alone to get home, it is awfully far away, a week to get the films developed, they need to be sent in and back again, so not until then.
I will end up with 400 frames for the whole trip.
Some of my fellow travellers manage to shoot this many every day.
The short stretch of water that is Lemaire Channel is one of the absolute tourist highlights in Antarctica. The strait between the Antarctic Peninsula and Booth Island is often calm, rendering its numerous icebergs into a striking panorama on the mirror-like surface.
The same icebergs can at times clog the passage, but if it is free, it is hands down spectacular. If you ever decide to join an Antarctica cruise, be sure to choose an itinerary with intent to visit the spot—some short outings may not get this far south.
Still, like any journey of a lifetime, this one will cost both time and money. Start planning and saving—or buy this beautiful photo print, it is well worth it!
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Rock and ice, a remote and exotic location, a bold composition and its high-contrast, dramatic interpretation—there is much in the picture to impress the viewer.
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To reach the effect, the original colour image was converted to black and white, then selenium toned, this is how it ended up being so deep purple. The process, once well-known among photographers, has been all but forgotten with the onset of digital, unfortunately.
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