Ice show…….

A shag on ice. Stop smirking, Jones minor.

Antarctic shag, Phalacrocorax [atriceps] bransfieldensis (per Shirihai).


And a couple of seals to go with it:


And as it is a fine photo indeed, a guest appearance from Mrs. Ha’s collection, the stunningly beautiful Weddell seal, Leptonychotes wedellii.


Hers was taken with the Canon SX50 HS. This was my interpretation(s) with canon 5D3:


Weddell in curious mode. Who woke me up?


And back to sleep with feet in the air.

These were taken at Larsen Harbour and we fell in love with the place and the seals. Quite enchanting. It caused a minor spat with the “Photographer in Residence”. I took a shot of the environment (with my little Lumix LX5) and developed it in 2 ways – a B&W conversion and an interpretation that was very blue. Just before I showed him the shot we discussed how sensors interpret colour and the blues in our images. Was it really so blue? His reaction was “I hate it when people exaggerate the blue. It is so unnatural”. Then he looked at my blue version and said – “That’s dreadful!! I have no idea what it is supposed to be”. I pointed it out it wasn’t an attempt to portray Larsen harbour as it is but as I wanted to show it. By validation I showed him the B&W version. “Now that’s fine”, he said. So there we have it. Black & white are in, blue is out. What colours will you be wearing this season? Not blue I hope.



And before my language turns blue, that’s your lot for today.

19 thoughts on “Ice show…….

  1. Have to say the shag may be my favorite photo so far. That is almost a graphic print, well done. (And the blue is spot on ๐Ÿ™‚

    Love the black and white treatments I’ve seen so far.

    The seals photos are great, very crisp and clean. Nice.

    • Thanks Daryl. I’m definitely going to print the shag shot. It’s also my favourite so far. I just need time to do everything. Just agreed to do 3 months work so in retirement I’m contracted for 22 weeks this year. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

  2. These pictures are extraordinary – This is seriously good photography, you must be really pleased with these, I know I would be! I don’t know which is my favourite as I love them all. I’m so excited about them that I’m off to share them with the world………

  3. B&W seems to be the popular, not to mentioned pictures transformed with any kind of filters to look “old” or “modern”. And it is true, often the camera wants to enhance the blue in cold places in winter.And the photographer can choose to keep it that way, or even enhance it further. We decides, not the commentor…

  4. Ahoy. As photographer in residence of this comment I declare your blue presentation a fine representation of your personal expression. That said I prefer the B&W. :-). I will ask Mary Beth what she thinks….as a retired lawyer, that is.
    Who would not like a good shag shot?

    My favorite is Mrs. Ha’s lovely portrait of that sweet Weddell’s. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Yes, Shirley’s 1200mm reach came in handy. I was using the 400mm prime and it had its limitations but also Shirley has a great eye for what works. Much more so than she admits.

  5. A lawyer posing as an artist ? I think I’d disagree with him as a matter of principle !

    Misread your entry at first, thought your LUGGAGE was turning blue.

    Nice pics.

  6. Just curious but photographer in residence of what? The antactic or the whole area, or the ship you were on? Snotty or snobby fellow- do I dare say? And how dare he nix your blue photo. If that is how you want it to look then that is how it should be. Looked fantastic in my little ole humble opinion/eyes. And Mrs Ha’s pic of the seal is excellent. I would not have knowm what kind of camera she was using.

    • Yvonne, photographer in residence of the ship. A decent enough chap despite being a lawyer in real life but we simply disagreed over our blueness.

      • I figured the ship but then what do I know? An attorney? Don’t these “chaps” have a God complex in just about the same manner as some doctors? ๐Ÿ™‚

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