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Antarctic Sentinels

Antarctic Sentinels
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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2002-01
Categories: Seascape, Mountain
Camera: Canon EOS 1vHS, Canon 24-70 mm f 2,8 L-USM, Fuji Provia 100
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Beautiful Landscapes [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-01-21 8:17
Viewed: 8535
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today I am going back 8 years in my archives to one of the few cloudy days of my second Antarctic trip. Even so, to see this much detail of the Lemaire Channel is quite lucky. These 'pitons' mark the northern end of the channel - I assume they are highly eroded basalt or similar.

Lemaire Channel is a strait off Antarctica, located between the mainland's Antarctic Peninsula and Booth Island. Nicknamed "Kodak Gap" by some, it is one of the top tourist destinations in Antarctica; steep cliffs hem in the iceberg-filled passage, which is 11 km long and just 1,600 meters wide at its narrowest point.

It was first seen by the German expedition of 1873-74, but not traversed until December 1898, when the Belgica of the de Gerlache expedition passed through. De Gerlache named it for Charles Lemaire, a Belgian explorer of the Congo.

The channel has since become a standard part of the itinerary for cruising in Antarctica; not only is it scenic, but the protected waters are usually as still as a lake, a rare occurrence in the storm-wracked southern seas, and the north-south traverse delivers vessels close to Petermann Island for landings. The principal difficulty is that icebergs may fill the channel, especially in early season, obliging a ship to backtrack and go around the outside of Booth Island in order to reach Petermann.

This is a scanned slide.

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Nice picture of an really harsh environment.

I have no suggestions of improvement.


Hello James,
Very well done shot of Antarctic Sentinels. An excellent details, luminosity & POV. TFS
Best wishes: Subhash

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-01-21 9:08]

Waw...an Antartic trip?
Wonderful! You are a happy man to see that!

Hellow James,
Just to have been there must have been an experience of a lifetime.I can just feel the power of nature in this image, very well framed with good exposure, well done.

Hi James
Great capture this island.
Details and light are lovely.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-21 10:56]

Hello James,
Great photo of an impressive rock. Beautiful light and colours. The hanging clouds around the tops are also impressive. Splendid POV and composition. Unity between heaven and earth.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-01-21 11:52]

Hi James. Back a few years today but its well worth it to see somthing like this. As i may have said before i am unlikely to ever see this sort of place in real life. So i thank you for sharing this with us. I keep going back up to look at the picture . Not a lot i can say other than thanks again. TFS.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2010-01-21 12:32]

Hello James,
Stunning scene shot from Antartica!
TFS and G's,

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2010-01-21 12:43]

Hi James!

Many thanks for this wonderful picture from your archives. The peaks are impressive and the cloudy weather creates a superb atmosphere. I prefer this to a bright blue sky. Moreover, the fresh powder snow adds to the powerful and mystic expression of the picture.

Kind regards


hello James

this Antarctic 3 hills in 1, it has the same shape or it reminder me
photos of bird of prey having that pose, you know what i want to
say James, the extremity hills being the wings and the middle one
the head, impressive Antarctic landscape photo, TFS


Hello James,
Great scene shot of snowy rocks. Wonderful composition.
TFS and regards,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-01-21 13:24]

Hello James,
A very nice image of Antarctic Sentinels, the photo has a good composition, DOF and beautiful colors. Thanks for sharing.
Best regards Siggi

Hi James.
Wonderful photo, great rocks covered with snow and fine composition.
TFS and kind regards,

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-01-21 23:56]

Hi James,
Very beautiful seascape.Well caught,framed and composed.Excellent work!
Thanks for posting..

Ciao James, wonderful seascape with fantastic sentinel, splendid view, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello James,
another superb landscape from you, spectacular picture of Antarctic Sentinels, very good sharpness and splendid natural colours.
Best regards

Hallo James
This truly striking. Is the Creation and nature not amazing? Your image just proof once more that I have not even seen half as much as I thought I did and that we must be thankful for it all, weather we see it by ways of images or to have the opportunity to be surrounded with the beauty of it all. To look at the amazing, almost moody colours in this image, truly touches the heart. Thanking you kindly for sharing this beautiful scenery and wishing you all the best. Kind regards
Ps. Because I am not at work, I have to rely on the other staff to forward my mail from Trek Nature (that goes to my work address) and therefore only received the e-mail you sent me on Friday.

Hi James,

I love this shot. The two peaks are brilliant and are well seen. The sky has good detail in it and everything is well composed.
Wonderful capture and TFS


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  • vinced (0)
  • [2011-02-08 16:10]

Beautiful photo!

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