The landings provided outstanding photo opportunities of glaciers, geological formations and marine animals that came ashore to rest. On one occasion, after landing, safety gear and photo equipment were laid on the beach at what appeared a safe distance from the waves. A small tsunami arrived causing despair among the photographers who rushed to rescue their gear.
I had the opportunity to photograph King Penguins and Elephant Seals for the first time. The King penguins just ignored us and in occasions, they were the ones approaching us. I also got shots of Rock Hopper Penguins and of the elusive Giant Kingfisher.
During navigation time, the photographers shared their images and gave informal lessons on basic photo equipment, and Photoshop CS5 techniques. As for the first image above, where else have you seen a professional photographer providing photo tips to an attentive audience aboard an inflatable boat in frigid waters? Or what about such an awkward position to take a photo; only possible in the southern hemisphere where everything is upside down.