Dec 3rd


Postcard from Antarctica: Lemaire Channel

We’ve been on the Ocean Diamond for 3 days now, and this morning we hit land in Antarctica after a beautiful time navigating the Lemaire Channel. In a few hours we’ll land again, this time at Circumcision Bay on Peterman Island. The weather has been astonishing, though it made the Drake Passage such a tame journey it barely feels we’ve earned the incredible vistas. Still, there are 6 of us and we’ve had an amazing time so far. The hard drives fill up in the evenings while we sit with a drink, and this morning’s zodiac ride found us a piece of crystal clear ice, likely thousands of years old, from which we made spectacular martinis. Hey, it’s not all work, work, work down here.

I edited this with a quick white point and black point adjustment in Lightroom 4, then used one of the presets from my personal LR4 preset collection, the Midtone Lift + Vignette + Clarity preset.

Comments (13)
  1. December 3, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Beautiful image. Makes me look forward to the day when I make the journey south :-)

  2. December 3, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Awesome! Where there is a will there is a way, at least that’s what I hear. Thanks for sharing.

  3. December 3, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Sweet! Wish I was there with you!

  4. December 3, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Aged scotch, it pales in comparison to 10,000 year-old ice cubes.

  5. December 3, 2012 at 12:11 pm

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  6. Celeste Walz

    December 3, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Would you mind sharing the specs on that pic? It almost looks as if you used a T/S lens. The reflections at both ends of the earth are so awe-inspiring.

  7. December 3, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Dear David,
    I hope you have an amazing time down south. I love your image, I just spend five minutes exploring the lines and elements. Your work is phenomenal. Looking forward to the next postcard!

    Best regards, Johannes

  8. Dave Benson

    December 3, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    beauty beyond words… not just the image, but the total experience…

  9. December 3, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    I really had to study this image to work out how it reads. It’s magic!

  10. December 4, 2012 at 1:50 am

    Beautiful image David. Cold place… brrrrr
    One question… that sky is also treated in LR? or did you use a filter on camera?
    Take care and enjoy!

  11. December 4, 2012 at 2:37 am

    AMAZING!!!! Now, i’m really jealous :) hehe

  12. December 4, 2012 at 6:21 am

    Simply Awesome.Thank you so much for sharing.Take care.

  13. December 31, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    David, that frame is jaw-dropping. I’m envious of your Antarctica experience.