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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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Join us as we head South of the Antarctic Circle Feb 8-21, 2013

July 3rd, 2012 |  by No comments

 

Having been to the Antarctic Penninsula it would be sensible to ask why go again. It’s been our experience that Antarctica is a location that can’t be fully experienced in one trip. We’ve made four trips and every trip was different. We visit new locations; there are over 40 locations Quark lands at and with each visit we get to visit an average of 10  The ice conditions are always different; one month can make a big difference. Surprisingly, the thing that we’ve found makes the biggest difference is the weather, which affects the light dramatically. You haven’t experienced the riotous colors of the four hour long sunsets we had on our 2005 trip or the “nights” where the sun only skims the horizon but never truly sets south of the circle in 2009. Every time we go, we keep wondering how much more could there be to see and how different could the conditions be and every time we’re surprised that we discover so much more and that locations we know look so different. Each voyage has had an entirely unique character.

What are we personally looking forward to on this trip?

Seth
“Why go South of the Antarctic Circle? With all the traveling I have done there are two places which clearly excite more than all others. One is Sossusvlei in Namibia and the other is a magical stretch of Antarctica called the Gullet which is South of the Antarctic Circle. All of Antarctica is beautiful but there are places that I could go back to over an over again. The adventure through the Gullet is one of those experiences. The passage is ice choked and each turn is more magnificent than the one before. Of all of my trips to Antarctica it is by far the most magical place I have been on the continent and the opportunity to return is one which I simply would not pass up.”

 

 

JP
“Seth and I agree. The two most sublime landscape experiences I’ve ever had were at Sossusvlei, Namibia and in Antarctica’s The Gullet. The Gullet was the remotest, purest, whitest experience I’ve ever had. It felt like being in a frozen heaven. Quietly cruising on mirror calm waters through the dramatic mountains of Crystal Bay to find the narrow channel through The Gullet (like seeing clouds cascade off high peaks to touch the water and be frozen in place) and through to Margueritte Bay lit up by endless hours of midnight color was one of the most beautiful 24 hours of my life. Many of us didn’t sleep that ‘night’ because we didn’t want to miss anything. We knew while we were there that few people on earth had ever had an experience similar to the one we were having.”

 

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Best wishes,

Seth and JP

 

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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……

BEFORE THE SHIP

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.

ON THE SHIP

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..

AFTER THE SHIP

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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Two Visions Collide

June 6th, 2011 |  by No comments

One of my most educational experiences in Antarctica was shooting side by side next to JP (John Paul Caponigro). We are cruising along and the captain announces that there is an interesting iceberg coming up on Port Side. Instantly the photographers are armed and ready and lined up along the rail for the assault. This kind of shooting can be aggravating or it can be a most enjoyable experience depending on how you handle it. I am about 4 inches from JP on one side and Jeff Schewe on the other. I look out at this iceberg and instantly said to myself that the only image that will work is with a 300mm and a 2x converter. JP whips out his 28mm and I stopped and think HUH. No way can you shoot this blip on the horizon with a 28mm. In fact I wished I had my 800mm. We both have the same reaction.” What are you seeing?” We instinctively trade cameras and we both burst out into laughter. JP is shooting this horizontal line with a little blip ( and it is amazing) and I am isolating just the side of this iceberg with great light. Side by side with 4 inches between us and you would never know we were even on the same boat.

This experience repeated itself multiple times on all three of our trips. Here I am with my 300 and JP is next to me with a 28mm and we are shooting the same thing. The biggest irony was several times I would  think about how JP would shoot and I would show up on deck with a 14mm and JP would show up with a 300mm. We had such an influence on each other and to this day every time I pull out my wide angle lens I think about JP.

As visual artists we all see the world differently. Sharing those experiences can be truly educational and enlightening.

Read JP’s version here
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Long Lens Marguerite Bay

Wide angle view of iceberg in Marguerite Bay

 

Long lens Cierva Cove

Wide angle Cierva Cove

 

Long Lens Scotia Sea

Wide view Scotia Sea

 

Long lens Orne Harbour

Wide angle Orne Harbour

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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 http://ericmeola.com/ and Arthur Meyerson http://www.arthurmeyerson.com/ will both be teaching in addition to JP, myself and Andy.
More to come soon….
Best,
Andy Biggs
John Paul Caponigro
Seth Resnick
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