We left the Falklands two days ago, and are due to arrive in South
Georgia sometime tomorrow. This morning we crossed the Antarctic
Convergence, and are now in Antarctic waters. The seas are relatively
calm, which is to say that everything needs to be pinned down, and that
quite a few passengers are still battling sea sickness. Still,
apparently, it could be a lot rougher!
During the last couple of days, we have had lectures on
histograms and digital exposure, Photoshop, Lightroom, sea birds in
general, and albatrosses in particular. Darrell Gulin also showed a
selection of photographs he’d taken during our stay in the Falklands
(slightly depressing, when I see all the photos I could have taken!), along with photographs he’s made on previous trips
to South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula. Plenty to whet the
This afternoon we had a briefing about South Georgia, particularly the
regulations in place to protect wildlife. Afterwards we all congregated
in the lounge to be vacuumed – everything that goes on shore with us,
camera bags, dry bags, rainwear, hats etc must be vacuumed to remove any
traces of seeds which we might have brought with us from the Falklands.
As expected, my bags and clothing needed an extra good vacuum because of
my tendency to photograph from ground level.