Adventures in Antarctica

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Paul Pichugin @paulmpSeptember 2019 · 2 min read
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A few years ago I was commissioned to travel to Antarctica with an expedition company, the brief was "travel to Antarctica, have an adventure, go snorkelling, kayaking, hiking, swimming and camping... take photos while you are there too". Definitely my favourite type of project!

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My journey started at home in the South West of Western Australia, I drove the 3 hours to Perth, Western Australia, boarded my first of many flights. I watched the sun rise Sunday morning as I departed Perth, then watched the sun set Sunday afternoon in Auckland, New Zealand, where I boarded my next flight to Santiago in Chile. While on that flight, I watched the sun rise... Sunday morning and then had dinner in Santiago and watched the sun set for the second time Sunday afternoon... it got a bit confusing to say the least. From Santiago I flew to Punta Arenas and then on to Puerto Williams where I boarded the Polar Pioneer, a Russian icebreaker.

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I spent quite some time in Antarctica, we explored mostly the Antarctic Peninsular, visiting many islands, bays, old whaling stations and a research station, we even camped out under the clear night skies at one point. Here are some photos from the trip.

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The snorkelling and swimming were a little bit crazy, but an awesome experience none the less! I managed to kill 3 cameras while snorkelling, the ice cold water was just too much for the two GoPros and it managed to freeze the O Ring on my underwater housing for my Canon 7D, flooding the housing and killing the camera. So I have 3 photos from underwater in Antarctica and none of them are worth showing.

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Probably my favourite part was the kayaking, making our way through pancake ice, breaking up the surface as we pushed further and further out, the sound is beyond incredible.

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Tiny humans for scale:

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I'll post some more photos in future posts, possibly with some further stories as well.

Thanks for checking out my photos.


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gooddream
gooddream @gooddreamSeptember 2019

Holy crap! This is incredible. You took all these photos? Amazing


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Paul Pichugin @paulmpSeptember 2019

Thank you... yes, these are all my photos, I took quite literally thousands of them :)


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gooddream
gooddream @gooddreamSeptember 2019

it's easy to understand why you would take so many. what an amazing adventure that must have been.


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thank you, i enjoy the pictures a lot, of course you're enjoying your trip too! good vibes.


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Stunning pics! Followed!


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revo
revo @revoSeptember 2019

Stunning photos, mate.


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michealb
michealb @michealbSeptember 2019

magic


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karja
karja @karjaSeptember 2019

Great post and photos from down under, regards from the other side.


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Ruslan Bolgov @axemanSeptember 2019

That's too much perfect!

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Great documentary shooting, you really get the feel for the crisp air and the human activity .


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"Have adventures and take photos while you're at it."

Dang. Dream job right there!


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Paul Pichugin @paulmpSeptember 2019

Yes, definitely a dream job, I wish it was more like that all the time... sadly those kinds of projects are few and far between!


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nemo435 @azirconSeptember 2019

Paul, these are stunning pictures! I see that you have started recently. Please consider going to steem - engine exchange and purchase some photo tokens. Also please consider joining photostreem. Then in addition to getting paid in steem you can get paid in Photo tokens as well. As a bonus you get to interact with many other photographers of your caliber. Axeman, who commented here is one of the moderators of that tribe and a very good photographer himself. Hope you join the group.


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Paul Pichugin @paulmpSeptember 2019

Thanks @azircon, I'm in the photostreem discord and have been interacting with @axeman, who has been very, very helpful. I'm on steem-engine, haven't purchased any photo tokens as yet, but will collect some soon.


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