lessons learned for photographers?

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lessons learned for photographers?

Postby maskirovka77 » Sun May 27, 2012 8:26 pm

I'm going this year on a cruise to Antarctica with gadventures. I am an extremely avid photographer and I was wondering if anyone had any insights about:

-how often did it rain down there?
-did people have a lot of cameras dying on them?
-what lenses did people find most useful?
-how useful were tripods?

-Nick
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Re: lessons learned for photographers?

Postby tletter » Sun May 27, 2012 9:02 pm

maskirovka77 wrote:-how often did it rain down there?

I went in January this year to Falkland Islands, South Georgia & Antarctica, but I'll confine the weather report to Antarctica:
- It rained at Deception Island (South Shetland Islands).
- It was foggy in the Lemaire Channel area
Note: It also rained in Ushuaia.
maskirovka77 wrote:-did people have a lot of cameras dying on them?

Never heard anyone mention this. You just need to protect the camera when transferring ashore and from the mist while on deck at sea.
maskirovka77 wrote:-what lenses did people find most useful?

I used a bridge camera with a range of 27 - 810mm equivalent and found both ends of the range useful. A few folks with DSLRs had massive 500mm or greater lens that they used frequently.
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maskirovka77 wrote:-how useful were tripods?

Worthwhile when ashore.
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Re: lessons learned for photographers?

Postby jen_the_rockhopper » Sun May 27, 2012 9:29 pm

tletter wrote:
maskirovka77 wrote:-how often did it rain down there?

I went in January this year to Falkland Islands, South Georgia & Antarctica, but I'll confine the weather report to Antarctica:


Im doing that trip in 2013. Might I ask how the weather faired in the Falklands and South Georgia?
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Re: lessons learned for photographers?

Postby tletter » Mon May 28, 2012 9:06 pm

jen_the_rockhopper wrote:I ask how the weather faired in the Falklands and South Georgia?

- Falklands were generally sunny with wind gusts.

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- South Georgia was very changeable between rain&fog and sunshine (a 50/50 mix).

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Rainy day

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Moving from rainy to sunny

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Sunny period

- Elephant Island was misty

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- South Sandwich Islands was 50/50 between rain&fog and sunshine.

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Re: lessons learned for photographers?

Postby PaulTeolis » Wed May 30, 2012 12:44 pm

I have shot twice now in Antarctica, one time being an expeditions photographer.

-how often did it rain down there?
weather is unpredictable in this region. I have never had rain, but definitely experienced
wet snow or sleet. So prepare for a variety of conditions.


-did people have a lot of cameras dying on them?
my first time in this region in 2005, I was shooting film, many had digital. Those who had their
cameras die on they, had no protective cover on their body or lens. I highly recommend getting
a storm jacket and bringing ziplock bags with you. Worked great for me. Plenty of extra
batteries too. the cold weather will drain them fasted. Keep them warm in a jacket pocket
when you are on land.

-what lenses did people find most useful?
I used a wide angle lens 16-35L series for landscape and had a 70-200 2.8 with a 2X convertor
handy as well. For my shooting this worked great. considering how close you can get to
wildlife, I got great shots.

-how useful were tripods?
yes or even a monopod. great for early morning shooting and low light if the weather turns
grey.

My advice, bring more memory than you need. You will shoot lots in this region.
Bring a chamois as well to wipe off your camera and lens.

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Circular Polarizer?

Postby maskirovka77 » Wed May 30, 2012 10:21 pm

Thanks everyone for writing back with useful information:

1. I've gotten myself aquatech rain covers for my SLRs.
2. I've also gotten a soft waterproof housing for one of my SLRs when I'm in the zodiacs and I want to photograph.
3. I'm going to take a 24-70mm F2.8, 16-35mm F2.8, and either or both my 70-200mm F2.8 (with a doubler) and my Sigma 50-500mm OS.

I find myself wondering how necessary getting a circular polarizer for my wide angle is.

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Re: lessons learned for photographers?

Postby ExplorerWannaBe » Thu May 31, 2012 9:41 pm

I had a CP for both my Tamron lenses and rarely ever used it.

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Re: Circular Polarizer?

Postby Zuleika » Fri Jun 01, 2012 4:47 pm

maskirovka77 wrote:
I find myself wondering how necessary getting a circular polarizer for my wide angle is.

-Nick


Its not really necessary, and some would say avoid altogether because with a wide angle one edge of your image frame might be nearly facing the sun, whereas the opposing edge might be facing much further away from the sun due to the wide angle. This means that you will be able to see the changing effects of your polarizer across the photo ie a very dark to a very light blue sky across the image, - which is usually not a desired result. However if you don't mind this then go for it, but your prob better with a GND filter.
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