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June 12, 2002 at 5:42 am #96June 13, 2002 at 3:58 am #1494
This is the actual banner I saw on Website Review whats new page. Is this thier stock photos or is this actually you? I work with some digital photography. What kind of special camera equitment do you need in harsh weather conditions?June 13, 2002 at 12:29 pm #1495thepooles98Keymaster
It’s a nice banner isn’t it. I’ll have to figure out how to copy it to the front page when I get some time. I believe the photo is one of mine from the trip we ran to the pegasus airplane crash site. Hard to say for sure since they’ve cropped it down for the banner. I was using a Nikon coopix 5000 which I love. It’s way beyond me but I’ve figured out enough to take time exposures and the like. There isn’t a lot of special equipment needed here. The key is to keep the camera inside your parka until you need to use it. Also know the controls blindfolded so you can set the controls before you take it out. Mine performed well up to about -20F that way. Now that it is getting colder it’s a bit harder to get photo’s without things freezing up. I’ve got a remote shutter release that doesn’t work at all in the cold. All in all though, as an amateur I’m happy with what I get. Most of the other people here have the same results as long as they keep the cameras warm.June 14, 2002 at 1:59 am #1496thepooles98Keymaster
Another note on the photos. For the most part the photo’s are unretouched. If anything has been done it’s to lighten and reduce their size swith Microsoft Photo Editor. The majority of the photo’s are mine. Some are photo’s from the McMurdo common drive which is a place that people put photos to give away for general use. And some of the really nice ones from the Clark and Mike’s Adventure trips are Clark’s. He has a knack for taking really nice photo’s. His camera is a Nikon 990 with a variety of special lenses. If I buy anything before coming back this next winter it will be some telephoto lenses. The max zoom on the Coolpix 5000 is woefully lacking. If I get any good photo’s it’s more luck and the fact that I take 50 photo’s everytime I go outside and delete the bad ones on the spot. Most everything I take I put on the drive and give away so people without cameras can have photo’s to email home to family.
Since we are in 24 hour darkness now I’m getting a fair amount of practice with nighttime time exposures. My favorite photo’s are from that time when the twilight is just disappearing and everything is a deep royal blue color. The snow here reflects that color and gives really beautiful photos.
Next week Clark and I are going to bring a group of people out on the ice shelf to build an Igloo and take some photo’s. Our hope is to put a light inside so the light shines through the cracks. And (keep our fingers crossed) an aurora will pop up just for our photo’s. If they turn out I’ll put them here.
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