E-5 in Antarctica

Started Sep 14, 2013 | Photos
OP davidrm Senior Member • Posts: 1,366
Re: E-5 in Antarctica

Yeah, they ALWAYS ger in the way of interesting geology

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OP davidrm Senior Member • Posts: 1,366
Thanks, everybody!

Thanks to everybody for the kind comments. I guess I just wanted to give a bit of recognition to what a great tool the E-5 (and E-1, -400 & -3, but IMO the 5 is the best) has been and will continue to be. I'm really not a fanboy, I just use what suits me best, and what I can afford, but I do think that FT cameraa could have had a lot more happy users given a fair press, level playing field and better marketing, but that's just business.

I did take it out today, discovered some new locations, but the light wasn't quite right ... and my 12-60 fell apart again.  That's life

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ashgupta61 Regular Member • Posts: 126
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Thank you for these fantastic images of a place I'm unlikely to see.

-Ash

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Impressive set, long live E system cameras (always in the right hands - discerning DSLR photographers)

I think what surprised me about this set is the clarity given the very high reflective light from Ice/Snow.

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battybob Regular Member • Posts: 191
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Hello Dave,

thanks for the reply. Have had a look at One Ocean Expeditions. They do indeed look very good (read relaxed atmosphere/accomodating) and better suited to the 'adventure tourist' rather than the normal companies which go there. After Galapagos this year was going to be hard to find somewhere that could be as good. Thanks for the timely reminder about Antarctica...somewhere we had thought about, but put on hold. Your pictures have very much brought this back into focus again !

Just the small matter of funds to worry about now.

Regards,

Bob

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Julian_K Senior Member • Posts: 1,171
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Fantastic shots! Thank you very much for sharing.

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OP davidrm Senior Member • Posts: 1,366
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battybob wrote:

Hello Dave,

thanks for the reply. Have had a look at One Ocean Expeditions. They do indeed look very good (read relaxed atmosphere/accomodating) and better suited to the 'adventure tourist' rather than the normal companies which go there. After Galapagos this year was going to be hard to find somewhere that could be as good. Thanks for the timely reminder about Antarctica...somewhere we had thought about, but put on hold. Your pictures have very much brought this back into focus again !

Just the small matter of funds to worry about now.

Regards,

Bob

Hi Bob,

Two pro photographers associated with OneOcean's Artist in Residence programme you might find interesting:

Daisy Gilardini: http://www.daisygilardini.com

Ira Meyer: http://www.irameyer.com

Yeah, the funds are always the issue...

Regards

D.

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Wow...they are all brilliant.  Fantastic shots!   Thanks for sharing!

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battybob Regular Member • Posts: 191
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Hello Dave,

thanks for the links. Must be useful having a pro onboard to advise/suggest things...and possibly have some influence over where the ship ventures as well maybe ? Was initially contemplating GAP on account of being on their vessel on our trip to the Arctic some years ago, so knew the ship and what to expect. (It was actually chartered to Hurtegruten who we had booked with, but the Expedition is actually owned by GAP). Similar passenger capacity of about 100.

One Ocean seems far better suited I have to say as more specialised. First part of the plan sorted, the wife is happy to go as fancies the kayaking. Only the next two issues to solve now....money and time !!! Thanks once again for the links/suggestions and rekindling a flame which had died down a bit.

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faith_ps
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Enjoyed your photo series. Don't know if I'll ever go there in my lifetime.

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battybob Regular Member • Posts: 191
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Hello Dave,

not in your league with this capture I am afraid, but I personally liked this one more than most of the others I took on this trip as it captures what was a bit a unnerving period. Slowly going through the ice with it banging on the ships hull as it passes is not for the faint hearted is it ? The Arctic is interesting, but not in the same league as the Antarctic I suspect.

MS Expedition approx 78 degres North

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brianric Veteran Member • Posts: 8,569
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davidrm wrote:

Back in January I spent two weeks on an Antarctic cruise. For what it's worth, there were about 85 passengers on board, and only 1 (me) had an Olympus brand camera. Now & then I wished it was a little less cumbersome, but then when I saw how much more cumbersome Canikons with equivalent lenses were, and how many of those when kaput in the rain, seaspray and snow, well I felt a little happier. And although my photography is not to everybody's taste, I can't say that any deficiencies are down to the E-5, 12-60, 50-200 and 150 lenses.

If I was going again tomorrow, the E-5 would be just fine.

AF-C worked fine here. Who says penguins can't fly, and Olympus can't do AF ?

On the same trip I spent about a month travelling around in Argentina, and there I really sometimes regretted not bringing my m43 kit (or buying an E-M5 as I considered) instead. But even then, there were times when the long, fast telephoto range of 4/3 was irreplaceable. Just in cities, I prefer something more discrete.

Would a Nikon D800E with similar grade lenses have been better ? No, because if I'd bought that I wouldn't have been able to afford the trip. And it wouldn't have fitted in an Aerolineas Argentinas carry-on approved bag.

Conclusion: if you really need the features that an E-5 provides, it's worth the trade-offs.

When you can cover 3,000 plus riders crossing a finish line at 15 to 30 mph over a four hour period with an E5, then I'll consider it; otherwise I'll stick to my D3S and 70-200/2.8 VR2. Batteries alone will kill me on a E-5 with 10,000 plus shots. I did this with one extra battery on the D3S.

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Braxton7
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#4 with the whale is amazing. Is that as close as it looks? I'm not much for oceans but I would like to see one of those things up close someday.

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OP davidrm Senior Member • Posts: 1,366
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battybob wrote:

Hello Dave,

not in your league with this capture I am afraid, but I personally liked this one more than most of the others I took on this trip as it captures what was a bit a unnerving period. Slowly going through the ice with it banging on the ships hull as it passes is not for the faint hearted is it ? The Arctic is interesting, but not in the same league as the Antarctic I suspect.

MS Expedition approx 78 degres North

I wouldn't place myself in a higher league - I was lucky to get very photogenic weather.  Personally I'd wouldn't trade off the Arctic against the Antarctic. They're different, and equally entrancing.  You'd not have much chance to get to 78 South on a commercial trip, and you'd be unlikely to experience sea ice like that in the Antarctic Pensinsula in summer.  Or indeed meet many polar bears...  (and even if you did, they'd be so full of penguin they'd have sunk )

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OP davidrm Senior Member • Posts: 1,366
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faith_ps wrote:

Enjoyed your photo series. Don't know if I'll ever go there in my lifetime.

Neither did I until I went!!

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brianric wrote:

When you can cover 3,000 plus riders crossing a finish line at 15 to 30 mph over a four hour period with an E5, then I'll consider it; otherwise I'll stick to my D3S and 70-200/2.8 VR2. Batteries alone will kill me on a E-5 with 10,000 plus shots. I did this with one extra battery on the D3S.

Ok, when I next need to do that I'll remember your advice

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OP davidrm Senior Member • Posts: 1,366
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#4 with the whale is amazing. Is that as close as it looks? I'm not much for oceans but I would like to see one of those things up close someday.

It was something like 100m away, I guess. We actually had a Minke whale (smaller than this humpback) go directly under the zodiac, touching it. As a fellow photographer put it, "(expletive deleted) I never expected to need the wide angle!". I had my 12-60 attached to my spare E-3, but didn't quite get to it in time...

Other people on the same trip got very close to a sleeping humpback. And others still, kayaking, got close enough to be just a little worried. But the whales seem to be quite aware of us (really, I'm not anthropomorphizing, they really do appear to realize that there are some kind of strange creatures in these rubber rafts. Good thing for us they don't remember what such creatures did to their ancestors..) and move slowly in the vicinity of small craft.

Whatever, they're curious animals, so generally if you wait a bit they'll approach.

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Erik Ohlson
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You wrote:

"Now & then I wished it was a little less cumbersome, but then when I saw how much more cumbersome Canikons with equivalent lenses were, and how many of those when kaput in the rain, seaspray and snow, well I felt a little happier."

True. Cumbersome is bad when riding Zodiac boats in rain & snow.

Went there in 2005, carrying a Panasonic FZ18 (it would be an FZ200, now) and that was pretty big to keep under my parka.

Big & bulky = bad under those sorts of conditions.

Nervy guy:

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Thanks for sharing those wonderful shots, David.

Must have been a fabulous trip ... I'm very envious ...

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erichK Veteran Member • Posts: 6,565
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Silverback46 wrote:

Beautiful set David! I understand your thoughts on the E-M5. It is a nice small package to carry when you want small and the image quality is excellent. But these photos are excellent and on a trip like this it's good you achieved results you are happy with.

Don't know how cold it was for these pictures, but if you still needed gloves at sea in this Antarctic summer, the you definitely were ahead using the E-5.  The OM-D is a terrific little camera and does have a better sensor but I find it almost impossible to use effectively wearing gloves during the 6 or 7 months one has to, even here in much less polar Saskatoon.

Beautiful pictures, btw.  Your iceberg shots (#9 and 10) even remind me of Sebastiao Salgado's magnificent image of one for his GENESIS shows and book.  And that print sells on Amazon for $17,000., enough to finance another trip!

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