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    Antarctic Peninsula

    In January I will be taking a ten day trip from Ushuaia, Argentina, and wonder if any Apugers can help me prepare. My interest is more in B&W to date, but wonder if this isn't really more of a color trip. I understand the exposure problem on bright white subjects in B&W , but am more interested in color balance, types of film, and any other advice is welcome. Thank you.

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    I don't know just how cold it gets in Antartica during the "summer". However, there is mention of having cameras winterized for use under extremely cold conditions. This consists of having all lubrication removed from cameras and lenses since the lubricants will harden at low temperatures.

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    Well, I have absolutely no advice for you, but I have to tell you that I am totally envious!
    That sounds like a wonderful trip! It is part of a dream trip of ours! I love shooting snow in b&w... I would take a couple cameras... one loaded with color & one with b&w... don't leave it home just cause it may be bright... and PLEASE post photos when you return!
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    I think you are right, it probably is more of a color trip. I would suggest Provia F100; it is more neutral in color balance then Velvia - I've never shot Velvia under snowy conditions, but suspect it might have a slightly off color balance to the whites, which you would avoid with Provia.
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    YOu might want to check out Frank Hurley's work from 1914. There are a number of references and books.

    or this...http://www.kodak.com/US/en/corp/features/endurance/

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    This should be a great trip, I'm envious! If I was going, I'd shoot black and white, but of course that is what I use everywhere. Have you seen Josef Hoflehner's book "Frozen History"? He and his wife photographed Scott and Shackelton's huts that are still standing along with their contents-very nice work. How much wind do you expect?

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    Quote Originally Posted by trhull
    In January I will be taking a ten day trip from Ushuaia, Argentina, and wonder if any Apugers can help me prepare. My interest is more in B&W to date, but wonder if this isn't really more of a color trip. I understand the exposure problem on bright white subjects in B&W , but am more interested in color balance, types of film, and any other advice is welcome. Thank you.
    Wow! Great for you! I am planing to make a trip to Antarctica myself, probably next summer. I can't think of a more beautiful place to visit. I hope you have already read the whole Lonely Planet guide. It is really packed with a lot of information and history and lots of anecdotes and side notes.
    Take two cameras, one for black and white and another dedicated to color. Fort color film I would take a supersaturated Velvia for those incredibly overcast days with not a sinbgle shadow, and a soft film for the sunny days. Sunny in Antarctica must be exdtremely contrasty.

    Please check this website it should be inspiring and informative. http://www.joanmyers.com/Ant.htm

    Good luck and get back to us with fine photographs!


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    Quote Originally Posted by colivet
    Wow! Great for you! I am planing to make a trip to Antarctica myself, probably next summer.
    Christian,

    Don't forget, summer here is winter there!! Can you even get there at that time of year?
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    Quote Originally Posted by roteague
    Christian,

    Don't forget, summer here is winter there!! Can you even get there at that time of year?
    Yes, I know well because I grew up in Argentina where Christmas are snowless.
    I don't think you can get there in winter because the Ice will block you and you will have to perform an Ernest Shackleton feat to get out of there alive.

    It does get much colder there than it does here in Hawaii!

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