Antarctica - questions for the Photographer is Residence

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Antarctica - questions for the Photographer is Residence

Postby PaulTeolis » Thu Oct 10, 2013 8:51 am

I will be aboard the M/S Expedition again as the photographer in residence from December 21 through to the end of January 2013.

If anyone is coming aboard and has any questions with regards to gear you should bring to better your photography while in Antarctica, please feel free to ask here.

see you on board.

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Re: Antarctica - questions for the Photographer is Residence

Postby markmol » Fri Oct 11, 2013 3:52 am

hi Paul,
just a couple of questions, what are the best filters to use, i hear polarised aren't the best to have. Also i am thinking of taking 2 lens, i have a sigma 18-250 & a sigma 10-20 would they be suitable? i have a canon 60D. The last thing for now is it worth taking a tripod?
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Re: Antarctica - questions for the Photographer is Residence

Postby PaulTeolis » Fri Oct 11, 2013 6:27 am

hi mark,

LENSES
take both lenses you have. You will get most of your use with the 18-250 due to
the range, while the 10-22 will be great for landscapes and shooting around the ship.
you seem good to go in this department.

FILTERS
this will vary from person to person. You should have a UV filter on
bother lenses for protection. I found a polarizer only beneficial on very bright sunny
days if you want to add punch to the sky or remove glare on the water. If we have
a lot of grey weather it will have little use. If you have one, bring it, it's not a lot of
extra weight.

I will be bringing my circular ND filter to have some fun on land.

TRIPOD
this is a personal choice. I will be bringing my carbon finer tripod with me.
I found last Antarctic season I only used it a couple of times, but want to experiment
a bit more this year.your camera and lens are not that heavy, so you should be able to get a small lightweight tripod to suit your needs.

lot so batteries and some sort of protective rain cover is a huge asset.

let me know if i can help more.

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Re: Antarctica - questions for the Photographer is Residence

Postby markmol » Sat Oct 12, 2013 5:51 am

Thanks Paul,
I have 2 spare batteries, also my tripod is a Benro carbon fibre travel tripod which packs up pretty small. I will take a few filters & also i am going to buy a wet wether cover for my camera.
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Re: Antarctica - questions for the Photographer is Residence

Postby PaulTeolis » Sat Oct 12, 2013 7:34 am

hi mark,
two or three batteries should be fine.
Take two on land, one on you to keep it warm, the other in your camera. Between landing
generally when we return for lunch, charge whatever batter you used.

You might find having a 3rd as a backup to be a smart thing, but budget that accordingly.
Storm Jacket makes great camera and lens covers and also bring some oversize zip lock bogs as
well. they are great.

fell free to contact me at any time.

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Re: Antarctica - questions for the Photographer is Residence

Postby danamcc » Sun Nov 17, 2013 7:44 pm

Hi Paul,

I’ll be on the Shackleton expedition from January 10th to 30th, I assume from your post you’ll be on that one as well. I’ll be one of those kayaking, so I was wondering if you had any tips about carrying ones camera on the kayak. I don’t know if bringing my big camera with me on the kayak is advisable, but then again those will be spectacular shots. Or perhaps I should being a cheaper waterproof one for the kayak? Your advice would be most helpful. Thank you.
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Re: Antarctica - questions for the Photographer is Residence

Postby PaulTeolis » Sun Nov 17, 2013 9:05 pm

yep I will be on that trip.

A small waterproof camera is your best bet for the kayak, even carrying that in a dry sac is the smart thing to do. Anything larger you might run into a problem of keeping it both dry and secure
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Re: Antarctica - questions for the Photographer is Residence

Postby drmike » Fri Jan 10, 2014 11:39 am

Is it practical to take my camera and 2 lenses onshore in Antarctica in my Lowepro AW mini trekker back pack? Would it make boarding and disembarking difficult? Is there room on the landing craft to have the back pack on?
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Re: Antarctica - questions for the Photographer is Residence

Postby PaulTeolis » Sat Jan 11, 2014 12:54 pm

hi mike
greetings from antarctica...yes I am on board the ship.

yes bring both lenses you will not regret it...bring a couple of large freezer bags
for protection as well as a cover for the lens if you can. It won't make the zodiac travel
difficult at all. I always recommend people to always keep their gear covered on a zodiac
in the event of seas spray.

lots of room on the zodiacs as well.

hope to see you down here.

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