ChuckB

Joined on Aug 18, 2007

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On article Flying Penguins: Photography in Antarctica (44 comments in total)
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ChuckB: Excellent article and photos. I have just returned from an Antarctic trip and agree with almost everything you said, but......

You had a lot of opportunities I didn't, because I took a regularly scheduled trip instead of a custom private trip. The Petrel and stars photos (cool!) was not an opportunity I had - we were on board ship at night. Same goes for sunrise and sunset - on board, not on shore. Also, one of the photos ops you missed because it required super-quick reaction time? All our excursions were scheduled, not opportunistic. So, photo enthusiasts should be aware of the limitations of the trips they choose.

Exposure: I used a Sony A580 and A55, shooting raw. Maybe I was lucky, but there was not a single one of my shots with blown highlights. I typically shot aperture-preferred to get the sharpest photos, and let exposure take care of itself with auto-ISO. Editing in LR I was always able to recover any highlights. Go figure.

Finally, total agreement and can't say it often enough - shoot AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. One of my best penguin photos was of a mother giving the skank-eye to her pair of roughhousing chicks. I didn't see it in the viewfinder, but I shot several photos and one of them was a winner. All the electrons you use are free *and* recycled.

Link | Posted on May 8, 2013 at 14:56 UTC
On article Flying Penguins: Photography in Antarctica (44 comments in total)
In reply to:

ChuckB: Excellent article and photos. I have just returned from an Antarctic trip and agree with almost everything you said, but......

You had a lot of opportunities I didn't, because I took a regularly scheduled trip instead of a custom private trip. The Petrel and stars photos (cool!) was not an opportunity I had - we were on board ship at night. Same goes for sunrise and sunset - on board, not on shore. Also, one of the photos ops you missed because it required super-quick reaction time? All our excursions were scheduled, not opportunistic. So, photo enthusiasts should be aware of the limitations of the trips they choose.

Exposure: I used a Sony A580 and A55, shooting raw. Maybe I was lucky, but there was not a single one of my shots with blown highlights. I typically shot aperture-preferred to get the sharpest photos, and let exposure take care of itself with auto-ISO. Editing in LR I was always able to recover any highlights. Go figure.

Weatherproof cameras: obviously, mine weren't (nor were the lenses). I used a waterproof sack to carry the camera bag one time, thinking that zodiac travel was the greatest danger in terms of getting wet, and then left the sack in the cabin and relied only on the camera bag. I shot in snow and light rain, but kept the camera in the bag when not shooting. the cameras performed perfectly. I mention this because although weather is a risk, you have to balance that against buying a very expensive camera to get weather sealing. (OTOH it's a great excuse with your spouse to get a new camera.)

Shooting icebergs and scenery: pay special attention to composition and the placement of "objects". You can take a lot of boring photos if you don't. Especially when you're on board and moving, the composition changes every second, so be on the lookout for pleasing arrangements of, say, the icebergs between you and the mountains/shorelines.

Link | Posted on May 8, 2013 at 14:56 UTC
On article Flying Penguins: Photography in Antarctica (44 comments in total)

Excellent article and photos. I have just returned from an Antarctic trip and agree with almost everything you said, but......

You had a lot of opportunities I didn't, because I took a regularly scheduled trip instead of a custom private trip. The Petrel and stars photos (cool!) was not an opportunity I had - we were on board ship at night. Same goes for sunrise and sunset - on board, not on shore. Also, one of the photos ops you missed because it required super-quick reaction time? All our excursions were scheduled, not opportunistic. So, photo enthusiasts should be aware of the limitations of the trips they choose.

Exposure: I used a Sony A580 and A55, shooting raw. Maybe I was lucky, but there was not a single one of my shots with blown highlights. I typically shot aperture-preferred to get the sharpest photos, and let exposure take care of itself with auto-ISO. Editing in LR I was always able to recover any highlights. Go figure.

Link | Posted on May 8, 2013 at 14:55 UTC as 15th comment | 3 replies
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