Any long time reader here knows that Antarctica is my favorite place. I have been there over 20 times and do a trip or two a year. We were lucky to get the trip this year in February before everything shut down. One of the favorite locations in Antarctica to experience is the Lemaire channel. This a narrow channel between two large mountains is a highlight of Antarctica travel. On a trip a few years ago I did a 30 exposure pano of the channel showing both ends. as the ship was moving forward I set up my camera in a vertical position and turned the drive to low. I then set my first exposure at the end of the channel from where we began and then panned right while the camera was on auto-drive. This made a lot of exposures to blend but assured I would have enough for good overlaps and creating the pano. The pano was made in photoshop. I think this a unique image of a popular location, thus accomplishing what I always like to do is finding a different way to see something that so many people photograph.
I really enjoy doing panorama photos. Not only do they make large files that I can print large but they also allow a viewer to see a lot more in an image than a traditional single shot frame does. There are a lot of photographers that make a big point out of doing perfect panoramas using special rigs and aligning the nodel points to perfection. While I do that sometimes most of the time I just don’t the gear or the time. As a matter of fact a lot of time I can really good panos just by panning the camera handheld. And, that’s exactly what I did with this image. I was on a moving ship traveling through the Lemaire Channel. It’s a most amazing place in Antarctica and while you can get great single frame images I saw an opportunity and thought I’d give it a shot by doing a handheld pano while the ship was moving. The water was calm and the sunrise was just happening. A gorgeous, moment is the only way to describe it. So I did two series of pans and one turned out. Photoshop where I did the stitching together of the images, was brilliant at compensating for the movement of the ship and thus this is the image I ended up with. The channel can be seen from one end to the other.
There is one channel that is narrow and a favorite place to travel through on visits to Antarctica. I have been through this passage a dizen or more time and each time it offers something unique. This is a sunrise passage on a beautiful calm day. The picture says it all.
Well we had a great moonrise the night before. We started to transit the Lemaire Channel and the moon was setting. It was an a amazing trip through the channel.
One of the essential places to visit in Antarctica is the Lemaire channel. This is passage that takes about an hour through a narrows and it is just spectacular especially at dawn or sunset. This was a beautiful start to what turned into a 20 hour day of photography on my recent trip to Antarctica.
On the recent Antarctica Trip we were the first boat of the season to cruise through the Lemaire channel. Tis in one of the most gorgeous places you can visit. We did it at sunrise. This image is a 9 image stitch made into a pano from a moving ship handheld. It shows one shore line as well as both opening of the channel. Made with a Nikon d800e it enlarges to be a spectacular image.