One of the cool things about cruising American highways is that you stumble upon some of the oddest things. Here is an example that I found on my way driving from Anchorage to Denali NP. Off to the side of the road is this giant looking igloo. It is abandoned and upon further inspection actually was never complete. The story goes they couldn’t get enough water and utilities there to make the spot operate so they just left it. Pretty cool place.
Bryce is one of those small gems of a location. It’s not a large area but it is rich in photographic possibilities. I have come to like Bryce in the November – December time farm with snow if one is so lucky to get snow. I also like shooting with long lenses and capturing only part of the landscape. Best of all s to take a small hime and explore the valley and shoot from different angles. Get off the tourist lookout areas.
I am off to Antarctica for a few weeks. This is my last trip crossing the Drake by boat for a few years. all my other trips will be done by flying over the Drake. As you can probably tell if you follow this blog, I love the Antarctica region. I have never been anywhere on the planet that has so much to offer in photography. The environment changes so it is hard to do a cliched image. I’ll be aboard the Polar Pioneer with around 50 other photographers from all over the world. This is the beginning of summer for that area and hopefully we’ll see penguins with fresh laid eggs. When I go back again in January I hope to see the chicks. I am anxious to shoot some of the same locations in a few months to see how much they have changed. If you follow me on Facebook, I have set it up so there will GPS posting to our location and where we are throughout the journey. I’ll have no internet or cell coverage or even email during the trip. Most likely will need therapy for email withdrawal on my return.
So, I haven’t disappeared I have just gone shooting. See you with new posts when I get home.
This was one of those one in a thousand shots. While shooting icebergs on one of my Antarctica trips I was shooting this unique looking iceberg when a bird flew into the frame and conveniently place itself in the right spot of the iceberg. Sometimes you just luck out.
As you know from the previous posts from the last few days that I am very much into ice and cold weather images. Today image was made on one of my trips to Antarctica where we were close to some very large icebergs. This is a shot as a wave washes up on an iceberg that had just Turtled which is rolling over. I love the texture and simplicity.
This is another image from the same Zodiac cruise as yesterday’s image. There were so many icebergs and such interesting light that this two hour cruise produced some amazing once in a lifetime images.
As my collection of Antarctica Images continue, I share today an image I have always liked. This is a leopard seal on a bergy bit floating contently in a small bay in Antarctica. I always though this image defined Antarctica. It’s got ice, landscape and wildlife. This place is truly heaven for photographers.
I am so excited. I am going back to Antarctica not one but twice in the next few months. My first journey is November 6th and will be my last trip across the Drake Passage on a boat. The Drake can be very nasty. I’m talking 40 foot waves, rocking and pitching boat for 2 days. I am not bothered by this (luckily( but others don’t find it so pleasant. Once you get there though it gets very good as far as photography goes. After these two trips I’ll have a ton of images to use n a couple of books I am planning for Antarctica. This image was made in the iceberg graveyard. This is a rather large bay where icebergs drift in and become grounded. Over time water and melting them creates these amazing looking icebergs. This shot shows a Leopard Seal who just finished a meal. He didn’t give us even a head raise as we cruised by in our Zodiac.
I visited the Rockies in Canada a year ago prepping for a photo workshop there. Great place with so many photographic opportunities. There are lakes and mountains and wildlife plus a really cool train curve where you gat a train and the mountains in a photo. This is a spot of Lane Minnewanka near Banff.
Visiting Alaska a couple of years ago I had the chance to photography wildlife. I was not a big shooter of wildlife as it requires patience and that is something I don’t have much of. But, when opportunity presents itself I’ll take advantage of it. This si a shot I think of a grizzly. Sounds good no matter if I was correct. I shot a whole series of this bear (obviously a mama) as she had two cubs with her. Later my son who knows a lot of stuff said I was too close and the bear would attack if it smelled fear. I assured him the only thing the bear was smelling was ignorance. Just don’t get too close.
As you may know I am the publisher of Luminous-Landscape.com. We are the largest online photographic resource for photo enthusiasts and pros. We do workshops all over the world and work with some of the best instructors in the world. Today we just launched our 2015 Antarctica Workshops. We are offering two back to back workshops in January 2015. This is an incredible trip. I will have been there 6 times by the time the workshop takes place. I am doing Antarctica this November and in January 2014. It is my favorite place on the planet. It is a must see and must do on your bucket list. Especially if you enjoy taking pictures. Visit Luminous-Landcape and check it our and register. Our previous workshops sell out very quickly. The image above I made on my last trip. It is the ship we will be sailing on. Oh, did I mention we will be flying over the Drake.
I am getting so excited as I will be visiting Antarctica again for the 5th and 6th times this winter. First trip will be in November and another at the end of January. This is one of time most amazing places in the world that anyone and especially a photographer can visit. I have also just booked 2 more workshops for January 2015 on the Luminous Landscape website. I’ll but links in another posting in the next few days. This will be an incredible trip. I do hope to publish a book on Antarctica after these next journeys. Also, you can visit my Antarctica Gallery page from the home page of this site under the Gallery Selection. This is an image of a giant tabular iceberg that we passed on one of our cruises in Antarctica.