Its amazing what 14 hours of sleep can do. After two weeks of little sleep and long days in zodiacs filming the Inspire Antarctic Expedition with Robert Swan I am back in Norway.
What a trip. Probably the hardest shoot I have ever had in the Antarctic with very marginal conditions for most of the trip. On our first zodiac excursion we followed some breaching humpbacks into the giant swell of the Drake Passage with huge rolling waves and tonnes of ocean spray. On the second day another cameraman on the trip destroyed his camera on a zodiac ‘cruise’ with the wind gusting up to 50knots and horizontal spray being whipped off the ocean. Thank goodness for spray covers and the gopro I always keep in my top pocket for these type of situations.
Icebergs film well under dark skies where the blues really glow and as we sailed through the Le Maire channel Antarctica revealed her moody side with very tempestuous conditions which feel like they can change at anytime. To me this is the real Antarctic and for many people on the expedition the relentless conditions tested them to their limits. A trip with sunny skies and calm weather robs people of this experience, so give me rough conditions anytime.
My new camera handled very well and delivered fantastic images. I will post a more detailed tech-nerd post in a few days for those who are interested.
The highlight of the trip was when our safety officer Jumper sneaked a zodiac ride for myself and John Luck the photographer to go and hang out with some very inquisitive humpback whales who at one stage were under our boat with giant cream coloured pectoral flippers visible on each side. With the engine turned off we floated for about 15 minutes with the whales diving and surfacing around us often within only 5 meters. Amazing.
Worryingly the Antarctic peninsula gave us a lot of rain this trip. It seems incredible to be in the Antarctic in the rain. Although only anecdotal I have to say that in my early years of visiting the Antarctic we never had any rain. Shane our expedition leader who has been on the peninsula every season for 18 years says he can only remember rain in the last 5 years.
I will post some video in the next few days.
Over and out for now.