These Antarctic Photo Tours are being offered by One Ocean Expeditions!
Antarctic Photography Tours 2013
I'm very excited to be returning to Antarctica on board the Russian research ship,Akademik Ioffe. This was the ship I traveled on during my first voyage to Antarctica and is one of the best vessels in its class for polar travel of this nature.
Have you ever wondered what it really takes to capture some of the images you've seen on the walls in my gallery? Here's your chance to not only explore the incredible scenery and experience the amazing wildlife of Antarctica, but to do so with me as your personal photography instructor and guide. Having made several voyages to photograph this remote part of the globe, I have the knowledge and skills required to make this an unforgettable opportunity for you to learn how to capture the best photos possible in this once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Knowing and having worked with the wonderful, knowledgeable staff of One Ocean Expeditions over the past years will help to ensure every possible photo opportunity is made available, pointed out and taken advantage of during your Antarctic voyage.
Each day during the expedition you'll have the opportunity to ask me photography questions, be it during formal presentations, while we're out on deck, zodiac cruising the iceberg fields, or on one of the many shore excursions. Along with covering some of the basics of photography I will be discussing how to get the best shots of local wildlife, how to prepare, both yourself and your equipment, for the conditions you'll encounter, and I'll be available to review your work as requested during the voyage. Towards the finals days of your adventure, I'll concentrate on digital photo editing so you'll have a better understanding of when to use the "delete" button and how to best process your final collection of images.
Six years ago I made my first trip "South" after reading about Sir Ernest Shackleton and the Endurance expedition of 1914. Seeing the incredible images the expedition photographer Frank Hurley created under very harsh conditions from this part of the world, convinced me I had to go. It truly was a life changing experience, both personally and in my career. I can promise you, visiting Antarctica will be an experience and education far beyond anything you might have imagined, and I look forward to helping you capture the adventure with your camera.
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Nov. 20th - Dec.8th, 2013 - 18 nights / 19 days
You may feel, as we do, that if you make the journey to the bottom of the world you may as well stay awhile. On this far-reaching expedition to the islands of the South Atlantic Ocean and the Antarctic mainland, you will revel in 18 eye-popping days of exploration. Busybody penguins in rookeries by the thousands, behemoth icebergs reflecting startling greens and blues, humpback whales feeding on krill and of course the continent-sized sweeping ice sheet of Antarctica.
This is One Ocean Expeditions' most extensive Antarctic expedition. We depart from Ushuaia and make our first stop in the Falkland Islands. Here, we will find a relatively warm climate where an abundance of unusual wildlife thrives. Sixty species of migratory birds and the rare rockhopper penguin inhabit these islands.
Our voyage on the well-appointed M/V Marina Svetaeva continues through the Antarctic convergence to the pristine island of South Georgia. Towering glacier-covered mountains are merely the backdrop to spectacular wildlife sightings including rookeries of the pompous king penguin, several seal species and the laughable macaroni penguin. We hope to see the South Orkney Islands, often cloaked in mist, as we make our way to the South Shetland Archipelago and Antarctica.
We all experience a deep sense of awe when we first glimpse the much-anticipated continent. Even our One Ocean Expeditions' leaders, who have led more than a hundred expeditions, are still overcome by its formidable beauty. We are greeted by thousands of icebergs that look like modern art sculptures lining the bays of Paradise Harbour or Hope Bay. Meanwhile an overwhelming profusion of wildlife is on display from penguins torpedoing through the water to predatory leopard seals staking their claim on ice floes. We hope to stand on the mainland of the White Continent itself. From this vantage point, it is easy to understand why legendary explorers such as Roald Amundsen and Sir Ernest Shackleton were so captivated by this haunting region. As with all our voyages, safety is our top priority. For that reason weather, ice or other conditions may require us to change our itinerary and shore excursions as we go but that is half the fun of Polar exploring. Predictability is a word that has no relevance in this environment.
Day By Day Expedition Itinerary
Port City of Ushuaia, Fin del Mundo
Day By Day Expedition Itinerary
Day 1 / Ushuaia
Today is the first day of our adventure. As we board the vessel in Ushuaia, the world's southernmost city near the tip of Argentina, and start to become familiar with 'our home' for the next 18 days we cannot help but wonder about the exciting journey ahead of us. In the early evening, we set sail and begin our voyage leaving behind Ushuaia and charting a course through the Beagle Channel.
Sea birds alongside the ship. Southern Ocean, Antarctica
Day 2 / At Sea
Our guests have the chance to spend plenty of time with our onboard polar experts. They will be educating us as we go on the wonders of Antarctica. Sailing northeast, we will likely be joined by swooping seabirds including the wandering albatross, who we will come to know well on this journey.
Days 3 - 4 / Falkland Islands
Arriving in the Falklands overnight, by morning we are all excited to make our first shore excursion. Our plan will be to explore the islands of the West Falkland Archipelago, home to a profusion of seabirds and migratory birds including the black-browed albatross.
Our first penguin sightings will be on the island of West Point with its bustling rookeries of rockhoppers. On Carcass Island, we will observe nesting Magellanic penguins along with oystercatchers, geese and the flightless steamer duck who is a permanent Falkland resident. The next day we will make a stop in Stanley, the capital of the Falkland Islands. As we wander through the charming streets of brightly painted houses, we will learn how this quiet harbour was once a major port in the 19th century for ships attempting to round the formidable waters of Cape Horn. We will also make a stop in Stanley's famed philatelic museum with its impressive collection of historic stamps.
Days 5 - 6 / At Sea
Now we sail southeast bound for the island of South Georgia. These days at sea are never dull. Much of our time is spent scanning the horizon in search of whales and other marine mammals as well as seabirds. Our friendly onboard experts continue to fill minds with heroic stories of some of the earliest daredevils to explore Antarctica. We will also learn about Polar conservation - a theme particularly close to the hearts of our One Ocean Expeditions' guides and crew. The anticipation grows particularly as we cross the Antarctic Convergence and notice a dramatic drop in temperature.
Days 7 - 9 / South Georgia
Majestic snow-covered mountains greet us on the island of South Georgia - the most rugged island in this region. We will cruise the protected waters of the eastern coast looking for suitable landing spots such as Salisbury Plain and St Andrews Bay. The highlight of both these excursions is the mind-boggling abundance of king penguin adults and young that live in these locations by the hundreds of thousands, covering every inch of the shore.
That is not the only wildlife on display. Fur seals can be seen poking their heads above the water, skuas and giant petrels swoop in the skies above, and the albatross our constant companion is never far away. We hope to explore an old whaling station at Grytviken (Greet-vik-in) and visit the grave of the most famous Antarctic explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton.
Days 10 - 12 / Sea and South Orkneys
As we cross the Scotia Sea, sailing ever closer to Antarctica, we hope to visit the South Orkney Islands. Linked to the Antarctic Peninsula by an enormous sub-marine mountain range these islands, often shrouded in mist, are protected by large icebergs and sea ice. If we are lucky, there will be an excursion to Coronation Island to observe penguins nesting in moss beds alongside graceful snow petrels. We may also stop at the remote island of Laurie and visit the Argentinean meteorological station located there.
Days 13 - 16 / South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Mainland
Elephant Island, en route to the South Shetland Islands, will be our next destination if conditions are suitable. Here, we will learn more about the famous Antarctic adventures of Sir Ernest Shackleton. This island was a place of refuge in 1916 for Shackleton and his crew after his ship was destroyed by pack ice in the Weddell Sea.
Next, we will spend some time cruising among the South Shetland Islands just off the Antarctic Peninsula. Dazzling wildlife sightings await us on our excursions to some of these islands including King George, Half Moon, Barrientos or Livingston. Adelie, chinstrap and gentoo penguins thrive here, as do several species of seal. We even hope to see the gentle humpback whale dining on krill off King George Island.
Weather permitting, we will visit the flooded volcanic caldera of Deception Island. With rugged scenery, great sites of geologic interest and an overwhelming display of whaling and scientific exploration history, Deception Island is a perfect museum of natural and exploration history. For those wanting to stretch their legs, a spectacular hike to the crater rim offers a challenge. Finally, after so much anticipation, we will arrive at the Antarctic mainland in Paradise Harbour or Hope Bay.
The scenery here from the colossal icebergs to the seemingly endless Antarctic ice sheet is truly breathtaking. Weather permitting, we hope to undertake a shore excursion and set foot on the White Continent itself.
Day 17 - 18 / Drake Passage
As we leave this magical place and make our way back, heading again across the Antarctic Convergence and the Drake Passage before rounding Cape Horn, we have no doubt that time will be spent sharing and reflecting on the wonderful experiences of the last few days. Sailing up the Beagle Channel, we celebrate the conclusion of our Polar expedition at a special dinner.
Day 19 / Ushuaia
In the early morning, we will arrive back in Ushuaia. It is time to say farewell to your crew and fellow travelers. Guests will be transported to their hotels or to the airport for return flights home.
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|Nov. 20, 2013 - Dec. 8, 2013 Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula
18 nights/19 days
"Hi David! Thank you SO much for taking me out on your tour this morning! Although my pictures are by no means close to yours, they have improved tremendously! I really love how some of them turned out. I just wanted to thank you for everything you have done for me on this vacation. You made my vacation. I know I still have a long way to go, but I'm excited about the journey of learning more! I have you to thank for that."
Pamela Powell, Chicago
I can't believe it has been over a month since I went with you on the photo tour. I want to say I absolutely loved the time spent with you! I just began to edit and cataloging the photos I took during that trip. It has been crazy since I returned. What a treasure for photography opportunities!
Thanks again for a wonderful and educational time spent with you.