Nov 21, 2005

On the road to Antarctica


Yep, down in the land of penguins. A group of intrepid photographers led by Michael Reichmann of The Luminous Landscape and joined by instructors; John Paul Caponigro, Stephen Johnson, Seth Resnick and myself, will be spending 10 days on the ship Akademik Shokalskiy–a converted Russian research vessel based out of Ushuaia, Argentina–doing photography and generally having a great time.

We will cross the turbulent Drake Passage (did anybody mention Sea Sickness?) and then spend a week in the calm waters of an Antarctic spring, going ashore in Zodiacs two to three times each day to photograph the unique landscape and wildlife found at the bottom of the world. Our voyage is operated by Quark Expeditions, one of the most experienced operators of adventure tours in the Antarctic. Quark’s ship is a converted Russian research vessel designed for Antarctic conditions and specially fitted-out for this type of expedition. Quark will dedicate this ship to our expedition, and all 47 passengers will be members of our workshop / expedition. Our itinerary will be designed to maximize photographic opportunities.

My wife and I will be spending about a week in Buenos Aries prior to my going down to Ushuaia and her return to Chicago. No, the thought of her spending 10 days with a bunch of photographers cooped up on a small ship is_NOT_ her idea of a fun trip.

So, as a result, PhotoshopNews will be on “Antarctic Hiatus” until about December 12th. We may be able to post from Buenos Aries and if Michael can figure out how to hook up his sat-phone modem we may even try to do a post from the Antarctic Circle.

6 Responses to “On the road to Antarctica”

  1. Omke Oudeman Says:

    Hello Jeff

    Wish you and the others a great time and looking forward to see some pictures from this marvelous trip!

  2. Daniel M Says:

    sounds like a lot of fun!!!
    enjoy and have a safe trip :)

  3. Seethafan Says:

    Oh! I’m so jealous! What an exciting adventure. I love Reichmann’s Luminous Landscape — the forum members are great and the site itself is a treasure trove of useful information. Have a wonderful trip! I look forward to seeing the photos when you all return.

  4. nunatak Says:

    Quark expeditions? …
    … hopefully no relation to that sinking boat in the DTP market? :-)

  5. StephenS Says:

    Jeff, looking forward to meeting you down there next week! It’s going to be a great photographic adventure both with those onboard and in the landscape. Have a great time in BA as well…soak up all that warmth for the week ahead!

  6. tina Says:

    Glad to hear you made it down there. I was on the Quark trip before you. Hope you have an outstading time.

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