This is my third posting of pictures I took on a cruise trip to Antarctica. We were there for 3 days. The first day was cloudy although there were still lots of amazing photo opportunities and the Antarctic presented itself in a different mood. The second day was a glorious one. The sea was calm, there was no wind, and it was a “balmy” -2 C. In reality of course, this land is a harsh and unforgiving environment unless you are a penguin. And stories of the unfortunate faith of many of the early explorers abound. However, seen from the comfort of the deck of a modern luxury cruise ship, the sceneries were stunning. I felt really privileged to be able to see this amazing part of our world. But as the ice pilot of the ship told us, we should become ambassadors of Antarctica (no one owns any land in Antarctica) when we return home, and to promote measures to preserve this continent. So I am doing my part, through my photographs, to let others see this wonderful part of the world.
This picture was taken at 65,07.01S, 64,01.30W, just inside the Lemaire Channel. There was this little tranquil bay where the water was perfectly still. I find that the landscape shown here really conveys that frigid feeling of the Antarctic, but yet it is so beautiful to look at. The cloud added that painter’s rendition to the blue sky, and the floating ice and reflection in the calm water added interest to the picture.
Picture was taken with a polarizing filter.
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bullybeef53 (3363) 2009-02-11 13:28
Thanks for this colorful shot and your fantastic note.
All the best,
ribeiroantonio (22637) 2009-02-11 13:31
Wow, this is a wonderful scenery of one last pristine corner on earth. The view is magnificent and the picture is superb. The light and colours are very good and that reflection on the dark water is fantastic. I love the detail of life given by the flying bird. Well done.
wolves00 (152) 2009-02-11 13:32
Beautiful photograph, crystal clear and well composed in my view. Nice contrast between the blue sky, white snow.ice and the dark water.... it looks cold and yet at -2C, actually relatively warm.
Such a shame places like this are disappearing.
pauloog (11747) 2009-02-11 13:56
A crystal clear view of this icy environment. The ice floating on the sea surface brings the view to life. Good natural colours too. Your polarizer didn't exagerate the sky colour...
Joanamag (106) 2009-02-11 14:23
This really is a unique lanscape. It's so rare to see shots from this amazing and misterious part of the world!
Thanks for sharing!
BelCan75 (2201) 2009-02-11 18:34
What a beautiful shot! It must be amazing to experience this in person. Great composition with beautiful light, colours and details. Great work!
Cormac (26563) 2009-02-11 20:37
Amazing place, shown very well in your photo. I have always wanted to travel to the Antarctic or Arctic as I'm very attracted to the stark forms and wide open spaces of the landscape. Thanks for sharing your experience of this place, and I look forward to seeing more!
mkamionka (33601) 2009-02-12 4:20
I like the small pieces of snow swimming in the water.
They play very well with the reflection.
il_corsaro_nero (1373) 2009-02-13 10:39
this is the evidence that mine 300D could resist in those latitudes an temperatures (also warm...
The subject is relly impressing, worths a trip, and also tons of pictures.
Good sharpness and colors.
bisok (948) 2010-05-16 2:49
I think, I am looking at an interesting people-less postcard from the coldest, driest, and windiest continent. There are few people there, so it's difficult to take photograph with some person there, I would say. Maybe with penguins would be easier :-)
All in all, that's nice to take a look (from time to time) at an landscape, in the case, really "fairy-tail" landscape, I say.