Three-Years Ago (28-December-2014) — South Atlantic Ocean

Gone to See Antarctica 2014/5:  Day 13 – At Sea on the Hurtigruten MS Fram in the South Atlantic Ocean

The wind and waves were not as bad as the Hurtigruten MS Fram continued  traveling south and west from South Georgia to Antarctica. Still not many folks were up and around either in the observation deck or in the dining rooms. I didn’t take any sea-sick medication, and was doing fine as long as I kept eating the meals, and could view the horizon. The ship’s musician was playing Procol Harum “A Whiter Shade of Pale” on the piano in observation deck in the background during this short video clip recorded on a Leica T camera.

Three-Years Ago (27-December-2014) — South Atlantic Ocean

Gone to See Antarctica 2014/5:  Day 12 – At Sea on the Hurtigruten MS Fram in the South Atlantic Ocean

A 1 minute video from the observation deck of the Hurtigruten MS Fram of the sea conditions while traveling between South Georgia and Antarctica. I didn’t get sick, but remember that there were not many folks in the dining room. I did notice that my GPS track for the day had about six times as many data points from all of the rocking and rolling. We were going into some really heavy head winds, which reduced the speed of the ship from about 15 knots to 7 knots.

Three-Years Ago (24-December-2014) — South Atlantic Ocean

Gone to See Antarctica 2014/5:  Day 9 – At Sea on the Hurtigruten MS Fram in the South Atlantic Ocean

Dawn colors from the deck of the Hurtigruten MS Fram between the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) and South Georgia Island. Views like this are why I get up early to view the sky at dawn while at sea. This is a composite of 16 image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera.

Colorful Clouds at Dawn over the South Atlantic Ocean from the Deck of the Hurtigruten MS Fram. Composite of 16 images taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 23 mm f/2 lens (ISO 200, 23 mm, f/8, 1/250 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and composite panorama created with AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J Mathre)
Colorful Clouds at Dawn over the South Atlantic Ocean from the Deck of the Hurtigruten MS Fram. Composite of 16 images taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 23 mm f/2 lens (ISO 200, 23 mm, f/8, 1/250 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and composite panorama created with AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J Mathre)

Three-Years Ago (23-December-2014) — South Atlantic Ocean

Gone to See Antarctica 2014/5: Day 8 – At Sea on the Hurtigruten MS Fram the Falkland Islands and South Georgia

Since my Nikon Df camera was not functional, I did the best I could with my Leica T camera, and the 18-56 mm zoom lens. I never thought I would try to capture “bird in flight” images with this camera and lens. There were a pair of Wandering Albatross using the thermals behind the ship. I had to spend a lot of time to finally get an image where the birds were in focus. I can be done, but takes patience.

Pair of Wandering Albatross Searching for Food in the South Atlantic Ocean from the Deck of the Hurtigurten MS Fram. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 18-56 mm lens (ISO 100, 56 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 8, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CC 2014. (David J Mathre)
Pair of Wandering Albatross Searching for Food in the South Atlantic Ocean from the Deck of the Hurtigurten MS Fram. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 18-56 mm lens (ISO 100, 56 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 8, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CC 2014. (David J Mathre)

Three-Years Ago (20-December-2017) — Atlantic Ocean

Gone to See Antarctica 2014/5 Day 5: At Sea on the Hurtigruten MS Fram Between Ushuaia and Falkland Islands

During the day we observed several types of seabirds (Southern Giant Petrel, Coast Petrel, and an Albatross). that seemed to follow the ship. I am not sure if they were hunting and using the ship’s wake to stir the fish, or if they were using air currents behind the ship to provide lift. We also had several dolphins show up on both sides of the ship. I have included a sequence of images of a Southern Giant Petrel that had trouble taking-off after landing in the ocean. These are really big birds and need a lot of wind to help them get airborne.

Albatros in Flight from the Deck of the MS Fram. (ISO 800, 140 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CC. (David J Mathre)
Albatross in Flight from the Deck of the MS Fram. (ISO 800, 140 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CC. (David J Mathre)
Cape Petrel in Flight from the Deck of the MS Fram. These birds flew along the ship during most of the voyage. This image was taken before the shutter on my Nikon Df died (ISO 800, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/2000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CC. (David J Mathre)
Cape Petrel in Flight from the Deck of the MS Fram. These birds flew along the ship during most of the voyage. This image was taken before the shutter on my Nikon Df died (ISO 800, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/2000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CC. (David J Mathre)
Southern Giant Petrel. Viewed from the deck of the MS Fram in the South Atlantic between Ushuaia and the Falkland Islands. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 4000, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 8 and Photoshop CC 2014. (David J Mathre)
Southern Giant Petrel. Viewed from the deck of the MS Fram in the South Atlantic between Ushuaia and the Falkland Islands. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 4000, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 8 and Photoshop CC 2014. (David J Mathre)
Dolphins alongside the ship. Viewed from the deck of the MS Fram in the South Atlantic between Ushuaia and the Falkland Islands. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 1100, 110 mm, f/4.8, 1/1000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 8 and Photoshop CC 2014. (David J Mathre)
Dolphins alongside the ship. Viewed from the deck of the MS Fram in the South Atlantic between Ushuaia and the Falkland Islands. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 1100, 110 mm, f/4.8, 1/1000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 8 and Photoshop CC 2014. (David J Mathre)