Ushuaia, located in Tierra del Fuego Province, Argentina is the southern most city in the world and a starting place for cruises to the Antarctic Peninsular from the South American mainland. I was in Ushuaia for a few days in November 2010 prior to co-running a tour with David Burren to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsular.
It was an awesome trip during which time I met a load of great people and made some very close friends. There were, in fact, three separate tour groups on the Polar Pioneer, a Finish made and Russian crewed ship operated by the great folks from Aurora Expeditions. As well as photographers there was also a group of kayakers and a team of underwater divers. The photographers and kayakers came from a variety of countries. The divers were all Russian and a great bunch of people. It was after meeting some of these guys, particularly the group leader Vladimir, that I decided I wanted to go to Russia. And I did, (August 2011) last month.
Some of us photographers had arranged to meet in town a few days prior to the Southern Ocean and Antarctica tour beginning. Being such a long way away for all participants, it was good to have a few days to recover from the long flight/s and to re-acquaint ourselves with our gear prior to the tour starting in earnest.
Frankly, I'd had a very tough year and a terribly hectic time prior to leaving Australia. I really struggled getting out of bed on our first morning. But, ultimately, how and when we get out of bed largely determines what we make of the opportunities that come our way during the day. With that in mind I made the effort and, with some of my newly found friends, was rewarded with beautiful warm light amidst rain-bearing clouds. The dramatic light didn't last all that long and was replaced with an eerie, mournful light that was harder to photography but, nevertheless, compelling.
From a compositional point of view the 'L shape' of the rock-constructed breaker provides a strong foreground element and a graphic shape. It's relatively easy to visually jump from this foreground element to the tongue of land extending through the mid ground and the mountains in the distant background.
Although it could be argued that the other photographers kind of get in the way, they do add a sense of scale to the image. (Note to other photography tutors - I wouldn't be the one arguing that point as they are, of course, paying customers).
The repeating patterns of warm and cool colors add a sense of disquiet to the image that contrast the calm and quiet, associated with the color blue, with the frenzy and drama of the hot pinkish red light. This disquiet is an example of the kind of tension that often contributes to the success of an image.
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