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July 8, 2003 at 1:24 pm #201willKeymaster
i heard that there are digital camera lines to download pics to email. do i bring my own digital camera to attach to their lines or do they have cameras to check out???July 9, 2003 at 5:25 am #1737
Amy, Do me a favor and use the other message board (discussion board) for any more questions. I’ve been trying to put all the questions about what life is like down here on one board so everyone can see them.
Air terminals is a nice job. You are going to like it. You should get lot’s of neat photos of planes landing.
There are no digital cameras available down here. If you want to send pics it’s best to bring one from home. With 24 hour daylight in the summer you’ll find that there is always lots of light for photo taking. Most important buy lots of extra batteries. The cold weather saps the energy pretty quick. I went to a camera shop and bought an external batterty pack that clips on my belt. It’s about 4 times the size of the battery in the camera and doesn’t go dead until at least a couple of hours have gone by.
The digital photo lines you are referring to are USB outlets on the public computers in the main building. You can either plug in your camera directly or use a USB card reader (available from the store) to read the removable memory card in your camera.
The cards that come with the cameras are usually pretty small so you might want to upgrade to large memory card. That way if you are on a trip you don’t run out of room right when the penguins are walking up to you.
Once you download the photo’s to the computer you can put them on your own personal drive. People will often post their photos on the common drive as well. that way the people who don’t own digital cameras can get some photos to send home.
July 12, 2003 at 12:58 pm #1738
Another camera note. Not only should you get extra batteries, but if your camera takes any add on telephoto lenses, buy one. When the penguins are nearby, you will probably not be able to get too close. Without a telephoto lens the penguins will be tiny spots of dark on an otherwise white photograph. It’s also a good idea to bring a tripod. That way you can set up the camera on self timer and get yourself in the photos.
mikeJuly 12, 2003 at 10:38 pm #1739Retcapo01Member
Be careful what type of tripod you take. I took a cheapy down when I wintered in the 70’s and while trying to photograph a mail drop in August from above Scott Base the cold weather made the one of the aluminum tripod legs so brittle it snapped.July 13, 2003 at 5:04 am #1740
I agree winters are hard on tripods. The one I bought last summer snapped at the hinge. Also the metal can be very cold to carry around. I’ve revived my cheap 25 dollar tripod by replaceing the broken rivits with screws and living with the broken plastic pieces. I think that if you are hear during the dark season then the other very important thing to have is a remote shutter release. When a tripod is set on snow even pushing the button will cause the pics to blur sometimes.
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