Weddell Seal, Cuverville Island, Antarctica
I visited Cuverville Island with my friend and colleague David Burren. We were running a photography tour to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia Island and the Antarctic Peninsula.
The tour was a blast! A truly great experience which provided plenty of amazing photo opportunities.
How To Photograph A Weddell Seal At Cuverville Island In Antarctica
One of the great things about a tour to Antarctica are the zodiac trips you make from your tour ship to visit scenic or historically interesting locations or to go searching for wildlife.
In some places, weather permitting, you get to tour around a sheltered bay in search of spectacularly sculptured icebergs.
The above photo is just such an example. David and I, as was usually the case, split our group up so that each of us could provide tutoring and practical, one-on-one help from our own dedicated zodiac.
It was then a simple matter of approaching wildlife or icebergs at a gentle pace, so as not to scare the wildlife or spoil potentially beautiful reflections.
It’s amazing just how different things look from water level where you’re provided with an entirely different perspective of the world around you.
You can see how this lovely Weddell seal wakened from its slumber as we approached. An experienced zodiac pilot will ensure that you never get so close that either you or the wildlife is placed in any sort of danger.
Actually, I’m not sure if orcas (i.e., killer whales) will always play be those rules.
Antarctica | Weather and Motivation For The Creative Soul
I find myself writing this post, from my base in Melbourne, in late summer.
It’s been a hot summer in this part of the world, though Melbourne’s famous changeable climate has brought relief with a decent amount of cooler and wetter days along the way.
Perhaps it’s the heat that’s found me working on photos from Antarctica.
Once daylight savings finishes the weather begins to take a turn for the worst and we begin to endure short, cool days and cold nights.
The Stark Beauty Of Cuverville Island
Of course, except for the odd summer scorcher, weather in this part of the world is really quite mild.
But it’s all relative and when maximum temperatures associated with those lovely early autumn days drop from the mid twenties down to the mid teens or less it’s only natural that you’re going to feel the difference.
What I’ve discovered is that I’m more than happy to travel to exotic locales, such as the spectacular Cuverville Island, where cold weather makes for great photo opportunities.
Besides, if you’re active and creatively engaged you don’t really feel the cold or that much.
Conversely, working from home often means sitting at the computer. It’s when I really appreciate the long summer days and the extra opportunities to get outside into the light, especially at days end.
You Don’t Have To Travel To Cuverville Island to be Happy?
Far worse than a drop in temperature for photographers is the loss of daylight hours during the winter season. It can be depressing for some. As a result motivation, mood and energy levels can drop.
That’s why, whenever I can, I try to find time to get outside and into the light, even if it’s just a walk around the block.
It’s good for us to do so and, when the light’s good and you’re feeling fine, photo opportunities seem to appear around every corner.
The secret to being happy is to take action that produces positive results. In the sixties that may have meant dropping out so as to tune in. These days folks usually prefer a different approach.
I’m not saying you have to climb a mountain. I’m just recommending that you take a few minutes to go for a walk, in the sunlight. Lunch time might be a good option.
Likewise consider walking to the train station or tram stop as part of your daily commute. If all else fails try taking the stairs, rather than the lift. It will help keep both heart and brain active.
As a slight aside I often find myself in the city around rush hour. It brings me considerable joy to find a professionally dressed guy or gal heading home in sand shoes (i.e., runners).
After all, what’s the point of fashion if it hurts. It's a fact that I once dreamed of managing a female rock group called Women in Comfortable Shoes.
Announcing New Antarctica Photography Collection
I’m happy to announce that I’ve added a new collection to this site. While, at this stage, I’ve decided to publish only twelve photographs in my Antarctica Photography Collection, it will grow significantly over coming months. You can check it out here.
You’ll find all my photography collections under the Gallery section of this website. If you want to absorb beautiful photography, in a pleasant and uninterrupted manner, this is a great way to do so.
Let’s try to ensure that we all get a decent amount of sunshine everyday, particularly when enduring the colder months of the year.
On those days where you’re unable to walk in the sunlight, there’s always my photography collections to keep you happy, inspired and, perhaps best of all, dreaming of travel.
Glenn Guy, Travel Photography Guru