Photographing During A Snowstorm On Deception Island
Needless to say the old Whaling Station we visited at Port Foster was a blast, both visually and literally. Exploring a landscape in the middle of a pretty significant snowstorm isn’t easy. Photographing under the same conditions is even tricker. The camera, a Canon 5D Mark II with a Canon 24-105mm f4 lens, handled the conditions well. I did have a plastic waterproof cover which kept the camera and lens dry, but was a real hassle to work with. I ripped it off and simply brought my camera in and out of a beanie, like I’d done so many times before.
Due mainly to the weather the images probably look a little flat, despite very careful processing on the desktop. Nevertheless, I feel they portray the harshness of the environment, while still being interesting and descriptive.
Fortunately the conditions throughout most of our trip were considerably more mild than what we experience during our adventure on Deception Island. And, other than a few rough days and nights crossing the Drake Passage, our journey was quite comfortable. In particular our zodiac expeditions were great fun and provided us with many opportunities for great photos.
I’m very much looking forward to my next trip to Antarctica.