Weddell Seal, Curverville Island, Antarctica
I visited Curverville Island in late 2010 with my friend and colleague David Burren. We were running a photography tour to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia Island and the Antarctic Peninsula. It was a blast! A truly great experience for which I’II extremely grateful.
One of the great things about such a tour are the zodiac trips you make to visit interesting sites. It could be the scenery, the wildlife or history that draws tours to such locations. In some places, weather permitting, you get to tour around a sheltered bay in search of wildlife or 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 in our own 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 (e.g., ground) level. You’re provided with an entirely different perspective on the world around you.
You can see how this lovely weddell seal wakened from its slumber as we approached. An experienced zodiac pilot (is that what you’d call them?) 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.
Weather and Motivation
It’s late autumn in Melbourne, where I’m writing this post. But, for the last few weeks, it has felt like winter. Perhaps that’s why I’ve been working on photos from Antarctica.
Once daylight savings finished the weather took a turn for the worst and we’re now enduring short, cool days and down right cold nights. 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 drop from the mid twenties down to the mid teens it’s only natural that you’re going to feel the difference.
Do You Want to be Happy?
But far worse than a drop in temperature for photographers is the loss of light brought on by the shorter days at this time of year. It can be depressing and, as a result, our 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, as is the case with just about everything else, to take action. 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. Otherwise consider walking to the train station for your daily commute. If all else fails try taking the stairs, rather than the lift, at work. 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 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 an entirely 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.
Regular visitors to my site will be aware of the numerous gallery updates I’ve made over the last few weeks. And there’s more to come. Over the next week or two you can expect substantial upgrades and additions to two of my current collections in addition to two or three brand new photography collections being added. 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 those of us enduring the colder months of the year. And, 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