01 October 2009

Where birds don't fly

Pentax *istD, FA* 400/5.6, tripod
1/150s, f/11, ISO 200

Figured I might as well go public on where I'm headed on that ship mentioned in the previous post.

I'll be seeing a lot of penguins in November. Not the species above, which is native to Chile and Peru, but lots of others. Starting from Argentina, we'll go by the Falklands, South Georgia and the South Orkney Islands to the Antarctic Peninsula. The travel agent is a Swedish company called PolarQuest, and the ship is a refurbished ice breaker taking 50 passengers.

I have dreamed of a trip like this for years. The booking was made half a year ago, but the reality of it hasn't begun to really dawn on me until now. The practical preparations has begun, the packing list made and revised several times over the last week.

The subtitle of this blog is "an attempt at photography close to home". I am, once again, failing spectacularly in my attempts. But it would be futile to deny that this make me tick, this kind of adventure, this kind of opportunity to see. The penguins may not fly. I feel like I already do.


Anonymous said...

"The subtitle of this blog is "an attempt at photography close to home". I am, once again, failing spectacularly in my attempts."

Home is where your heart is :-)

Seriously: Don't feel bad about this. You will bring back precious memories and an awareness about mother nature, or whatever you prefer to call her. You will share this awareness with us here in this blog and other places.
I think she will benefit from this and appreciate it.
I'm not sure about that, but I know I will.

Boris said...

Go for it, my friend. You most definitely deserve it as I am most certain you will bring home sweet memories and wonderful pictures. Don't forget though, that Pentax K-7 can shoot video too, it may come in handy.

Fernando said...

I wish I were in Argentina for your trip. I'm anxiously waiting for your photos.

Have a great trip.

Anonymous said...

Someone told me that penguins are cute in movies, but in real life they are nasty smelly critters. So please confirm or disprove that. Inquiring minds want to know.

And have a heck of a good time!


Anonymous said...

I wish you a great trip, Jostein! I like your way of photography and I am looking forward to your pics!
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