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Joe Decker
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So excited to have a couple of my images included in next year's Mono Lake Calendar :-) This one's from the Jan 2015 Winter Workshop with +Joe Decker - water was very low, and all sorts of new 'tufascapes' emerged. Thanks Joe for the inspiration :-)
More of my Mono Lake images can be found here:
http://www.margritschwarz.com/gallery/duskanddawn/

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...and I"m starting to think about PhotoCentral's annual Big Spring Show. I love to participate in it, it's always a wide-ranging array of great work from dozens of excellent artists. I'm leaning this year toward including three of my early experiments with infrared digital photography. So far I've had a number of equipment issues with the work, but I've loved a few of the results I've managed, including the glowing image from along the...
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Hues, shapes and textures all combine in this unexpected extraction from the back side of a stranded, sunlit iceberg near Antarctica. I'm not entirely sure why there was a hint of red to purple in the blues here, but they were there in the moment, and part of what attracted me to this scene.
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Mother and child, with a view of a scenic Antarctic channel. While my previous Antarctic visit gave me a number of opportunities to see older juvenile penguins, particularly on South Georgia Island, the number of even younger penguins and eggs I got to see this time around really put a smile on my face.
 
Mother and child, with a view of a scenic Antarctic channel. While my previous Antarctic visit gave me a number of opportunities to see older juvinile penguins, particularly on South Georgia Island, the number of even younger penguins and eggs I got to see this time around really put a smile on my face.
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We didn't quite make it as far South as the Antarctic circle due to pretty amazing stretches of sea ice, but that did mean there were a couple of opportunities for sunset/sunrise color. I loved the little "boop" the cloud line makes here.
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it is so rare to catch boop on film! (boop being only a singular noun due to its distinctive rarity; that which is "boops" is not boop?)
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An unusual example of a tabular iceberg in that it's barely wider than it is high, but a pretty one, with gentle morning light near the north of the Antarctic Peninsula. Part of a more typical example is visible near the horizon on the left, not the triangular peaks, but the long, seemingly short iceberg all the way to the horizon.


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An unusual example of a tabular iceberg in that it's barely wider than it is high, but a pretty one, with gentle morning light near the north of the Antarctic Peninsula. Part of a more typical example is visible near the horizon on the left, not the triangular peaks, but the long, seemingly short iceberg all the way to the horizon.
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The dunes are an ocean. Not your typical ocean, the colors are wrong, the particles far too hard, and far too large. But they shift in waves both small and large, and sometimes drown the things they overtake, such as this struggling succulent in Utah's Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park.
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One of the things I often struggle with in my polar work is capturing the sheer magnitude of the landscape there, and the awe it creates within me. While this capture likely won't be a final portfolio image of my polar work, it does get at (perhaps too directly) a bit of that sense that one is a nearly insignificant creature in something much greater. Here, another Zodiac of photographers helps provide a needed sense of scale, at a m...
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nodnod  There's some perspective compression, and a definitional issue in play here, so let me try and be precise.

I'm guessing that the Zodiac in the image was less than 10 feet, maybe as little as 2-3 feet, from the edge of the iceberg, that is, from the closest approach of the submerged shelf of ice you can see as brighter cyan water.

It was probably more like 30 feet from the part of the tower that extends above the waterline.  That's a bit handwavey, but the tower itself was taller than the distance between the Zodiac and the tower by at least a factor of two or three, perhaps more.

The proximity to the actual ice, only a few feet away, was probably the largest safety risk. If the whole thing started to turn over (perhaps because of collapse of some of the larger sections behind), the waves and undertow would have been tremendous, never mind the momentum with which the ice would be moving it if actually came into contact.
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I doubt I'll ever get bored with the seemingly-infinite variety of shapes and textures that ice takes on in polar regions. Here, the top of a modest iceberg off the coast of Antarctica melds architectural and organic forms into something that to me reads straight out of a fantasy novel.
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When I think of Antarctica my mind goes to weather, ice, glaciers, mountains, penguins and maybe seals, but whales were also a frequent sight during my last trip. I wasn't as prepared for the very long-range shooting they often require, but we had a few close encounters, and this was one of my favorite results, a nice cascade of water off the tail, and enough of a hint of the ice behind to give the image a sense of place.
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We didn't quite make it as far South as the Antarctic circle due to pretty amazing stretches of sea ice, but that did mean there were a couple of opportunities for sunset/sunrise color. I loved the little "boop" the cloud line makes here.

http://www.rockslidephoto.com/photograblog/2016/2/4/midnight-sunset
We didn't quite make it as far South as the Antarctic circle due to pretty amazing stretches of sea ice, but that did mean there were a couple of opportunities for sunset/sunrise color. I loved the little "boop" the cloud line makes here.
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To Ushuaia, the "end of the earth", I have travelled for level 16.

Last action before was bursting down six fields covering a good bit of town.

Earlier in the day, met a local ENL, had a nice chat when we managed to communicate - which we barely did: he gave me a couple souvenir keys for a parque I won't get to, I gave him a California key in return. Nice chap. Now that is ingress played, h/t to Azraael.


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