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Back from Antarctica and pictures are posted. Off to Iceland tomorrow…

March 3rd, 2013 |  by No comments

Wow what an amazing February and here comes March… We got back from Antarctica last Saturday and started a workshop limited to 10 folks in Palm Beach Gardens. Tomorrow I leave for two Digital Photo Destination workshops in Iceland with good friend JP where we will be photographing Ice Caves and the Aurora. Our local dear friend and Icelandic photographic expert Ragnar just had some of his images featured in Time Magazine. Our workshop folks are truly being offered the best possible experience in Iceland.

My images from our Antarctica trip are posted. It was really an amazing trip and I concentrated on reflections and ice under water which i really find fascinating. I love Antarctica and JP and I have another trip scheduled , our 6th trip on February 16-25th 2014. This trip will include bypassing the infamous Drake Passage by flying to and from the continent. This trip is selling out fast with only 9 spots now left.20130213_danko_island_0289

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Day Two of Digital Photo Destinations 2012 Antarctica Trip

February 10th, 2013 |  by No comments


Beautiful sunrise from Hotel in Ushuaia overlooking the harbor

Beautiful sunrise from Hotel in Ushuaia overlooking the harbor


I have a really good feeling that this Antarctica trip is going to be awesome. We had all 17 folks make it to Ushuaia but getting there was a bit rough as it always is in South America. Just as I was leaving for the airport I received a call from a passenger who was not allowed to board because she was lacking a receipt for an Argentinian visa even though the visa was in the Passport. Knowing that I too had the visa but with no receipt I suddenly had a vision that no one would be allowed to leave the US. I proceeded to the airport and then found out that JP somehow left home without his cameras and both of my kids were suddenly getting sick with very high fevers which required an emergency room visit. By the time I was at the airport both of my kids had vomited in bed on Jamie my beloved so the stress level was a bit high to say the least. To make matters worse two of our folks were told that there flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia was cancelled.



Tall peaks in and out of the clouds with fresh snow in Ushuaia

Tall peaks in and out of the clouds with fresh snow in Ushuaia

Somehow everything began to calm down once JP and I arrived in Ushuaia. We had a beautiful sunrise and went to all outdoor stores and then onto our favorite wine store where we were invited to a private tasting later that night which was simply awesome. On Friday morning we went to the wine store and purchased wine to share with everyone in our group and supplied them each with their own crystal wine glass for tastings to be held with dinner each night.
At wine tasting sampling great grapes for our group

At wine tasting sampling great grapes for our group

Dining on some incredible local King Crab in Ushuaia

Dining on some incredible local King Crab in Ushuaia

We headed to the boat and photographed some wonderful color at the dock area before boarding. We held our first group get together, did the mandatory life boat drill and dinner and then headed down the Beagle Channel towards the Drake Passage. It is now Sunday and we have been on the Drake for 12 plus hours and it is our mildest crossing so far. On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being a ferocious Drake we are at about a 3 and there are no complaints about that.
Color along the pier in Ushuaia

Color along the pier in Ushuaia

A tire hangs on the side of a fishing boat in Ushuaia

A tire hangs on the side of a fishing boat in Ushuaia

Working on mast of ship in port

Working on mast of ship in port

As we pull away from port towards Antarctica, the crew of a large sailing vessel works on the mast with the Ushuaia mountains in background.

As we pull away from port towards Antarctica, the crew of a large sailing vessel works on the mast with the Ushuaia mountains in background.


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Antarctica and Patagonia Trip

December 24th, 2011 |  by No comments


There were many  meaningful moments of the Antarctica/Patagonia trip some of which started long before the trip.

Here are some of the highlights……


Checking various volcano sites every morning at 4:30 and calculating our chances of making it to Buenos Aires and finally Ushuaia.

Finding an alternative way to get to Ushuaia via a 35 hour bus ride from Buenos Aires.

Finally after much anxiety, making it to Ushuaia.

Walking in to my favorite wine store in Ushuaia and they had our pictures behind the counter from our 3 previous trips to the store.

Seeing the trunk of the taxi completely filled with the likes of Zucardi Tempranillos.

Hiring helicopters with JP to bring a group of folks up to the top of the glaciers in Ushuaia completely spur of the moment.

Having everyone arrive in Ushuaia without major problems even though a volcano was canceling flights to Ushuaia and Buenos Aires.

Oh yea, Arthur and Eric.


Getting on the ship and seeing Captain Alexi who had taken us South of the Antarctic Circle when no other ships could get through the ice.

Getting all of our wine onboard the ship.

Having some old and dear friends on the ship and meeting new folks some of whom will be new life long friends.

Getting on my patch so that I didn’t hurl across the Drake.

Figuring how to give lectures while the boat is pitching 30 degrees.

Figuring how to keep crystal wine glasses that we bought on board from smashing as you hold them with one hand and eat with the other.

Crossing the Point of Convergence and feeling a sense of magic and mystery.

Convincing some Zodiac drivers to get just a little closer and then just a little closer to amazing vantage points for icebergs.

Seeing the blue of an iceberg from underneath it.

Seeing the joy of everyone in the zodiacs when we got into the best positions.

Talking about the famous extension pole to get the best vantage points under the ice.

Having Campbell Gunn tell me that one of the zodiac rides with me was his best photographic day of his life.

Getting to stand on three icebergs.

Sitting in a zodiac with Linc, and Nancy and Eric from Syracuse University that I went to school with in 1979.

Finding that my dear friend JP is truly having impact on my life. I learned how to sleep almost instantly by studying how he did this on the trip.

Finding that some of my best images from the trip look like JP shot them.

Trying to find something to argue about with JP about and still being unsuccessful in this department.

Seeing the smile on Jeffrey Neu’s face even when he was close to being banned from Antarctica.

Oh yea, Arthur and Eric..


Having Louisa Michelin translate and to assure me that even though my passport was filled that she would help me get through Chile.

Seeing the Perito Moreno glacier and then getting to hike up it.

Arthur and Eric..

Most amazing of all is trying to write down my memories and realizing that I could go on and on and on. THIS WAS AN AMAZING JOURNEY….


And now for some image highlights…

Frozen water on glacier in Ushuaia, Argentina


Glaciated rock in Ushuaia


Glacial pond in Ushuaia


Wetlands from helicopter in Ushuaia



Halfmoon Island


Iceberg on Halfmoon Island


Sun over Halfmoon Island


Sculpted Ice on Halfmoon Island


Rusted iron on Deception Island


Iceberg in Wilhelmina Bay


Wilhelmina Bay


Spectacular berg in Wilhelmina Bay


Sky in Neko Harbour


Blue ice in Neko Harbour


Rainbow in Neko Harbour


Bue Iceberg, Petermann Island


Sun over Petermann Island

Snow Algae on Petermann Island


Under overhang of Iceberg, Petermann Island


Neon light at the iceberg Graveyard


Sliding penguin, Iceberg Graveyard


Through the hole, Iceberg Graveyard


Iceberg Graveyard


Storm clouds and the Iceberg Graveyard


Danko Island blue iceberg


Danko Island over and under iceberg


looking up at berg on Danko Island


Striated berg, Danko Island


Under the berg, Danko Island


Lenticular Clouds over Melchior Islands


Iceberg caving in Patagonia

Glacier in El Calafate, Patagonia


El Calafate, Patagonia


View below and above glacier, El Calafate, Patagonia


Glacier, El Calafate


Blue hole in ice on glacier in El Calafate, Patagonia


Blue ice on glacier, El Calafate, Patagonia


Glacier hike, El Calafate, Patagonia


Glacier hike in El Calafate, Patagonia


Glacier. El Calafate, Patagonia


Sunrise in Torres del Paine, Patagonia


Swamp in Torres del Paine, Patagonia


Llamas in Torres del Paine, Patagonia


Torres del Paine sunrise








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Antarctica Trip November 30- December 10 2011 SOLD OUT

October 26th, 2010 |  by Comments off

Our trip to Antarctica November 30 – December 10, 2011 is completely sold out. To be placed on a waiting list write to

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Thinking about Antarctica? Only 9 spots left

October 22nd, 2010 |  by Comments off

Our trip to Antarctica in 2011 is almost completely sold out. The single berths and the triple berths are completely sold out and there are 9 spots left in double rooms. If you are interested in going please see

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Antarctica trip November 29-December 10, 2011 with John Paul Caponigro, Seth Resnick, Andy Bigg’s , Eric Meola, Arthur Meyerson.

October 16th, 2010 |  by Comments off

Our trip to Antarctica from November 29 – December 10, 2011 is selling out fast. All of the singles are sold out and the male triples are sold out. We have room for two woman in a a triple and we have 9 double cabins left. If you are interested in this once in a lifetime trip before it is completely sold out:

Please contact  Mr. Paul Schuster ASAP at Quark.  His email address is   1-877-768-7957
When you call or contact Paul Shuster you will need:
Name as it appears on Passport and Passport #
Mailing address no P.O. boxes as it is for Fed Ex delivery
Contact Phone Info.
Please confirm with when you have officially signed up.

All the best,

Seth Resnick, John Paul Caponigro, Andy Biggs

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Eric Meola and Arthur Meyerson will be instructors on Antarctica trip

September 19th, 2010 |  by Comments off
Hi Everyone,
The trip looks like it is a go. We should have payment and signup info posted with Quark this week and as soon as it is posted we will let you know how to proceed. In the meantime we can tell you that we are trying to hand pick the best staff from our previous voyages and we can officially announce two amazing instructors for the trip. Eric Meola and Arthur Meyerson will both be teaching in addition to JP, myself and Andy.
More to come soon….
Andy Biggs
John Paul Caponigro
Seth Resnick
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