Chatham Island an ICM wonderland

Chatham Island’s brilliant blue sky against the backdrop of the shoreline and the green from the South Coast allow for photographers to create a variety of ICM (Intentional Camera Movement) images.

These images taken on Women in Photography’s annual photography retreat are just some of the photographic genres, if you’re an artistic photographer that you can master.

Women in Photography also runs an annual Auckland based ICM Photography Retreat where globally recognised and New Zealand based ICM photographer Judy Stokes will take you through the entire “capture to image editing” process while I take you through the print preparation and editing process.

Best harness for your camera

BlackRapid double breathe camera harness is designed for one or two SLR, DSLR, or mirrorless cameras. This double harness keeps your cameras safe and securely by your side when exploring onshore in Antarctica.

I thorough recommend and chose to use the multi-terrain camo BlackRapid harness as it was more padded than the slim lightweight version. The double harness easily converts (unclips) to become a single over the shoulder harness should you only want to take one camera ashore.

I loved that attachment to the camera is a swivel and that straps are adjustable which allows the cameras to be positioned at your personal height.


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What is the number 1 predator in Antarctica?

Answer:  Leopard seals

Leopard seals (named as such for their characteristic spotted coats), are one of the primary predators in Antarctica. In the wild they can survive up to 15 years, and are considered the most fearsome of all seal species.

Also referred to as the sea leopard, is the second largest species of seal in the Antarctic (after the southern elephant seal). Its only natural predator is the orca.  They feed on a wide range of prey including cephalopods, other pinnipeds, krill, fish, and birds, particularly penguins.


What walking pole do I need for Antarctica?

When looking at packing lists, trekking / walking poles are recommended. Do you really need them??

On some shore landings poles are recommended, especially when there was ice as they do help you to keep stable and upright.

If you’re like me, you’ll be carrying a camera but when walking on ice or stepping into snow which can be mid-thigh deep, areas with larger rocks or loose snow to traverse, walking poles are invaluable, especially if you don’t have strong balance – you don’t want to fall over with your camera!


Why chinstrap penguins sleep thousands of times a day

BUT only for a few seconds at a time.

Sleep is a bit of an evolutionary mystery. A sleeping animal cannot look for food, defend its territory, flee from danger or find a mate. The fact that sleep is nonetheless ubiquitous among animals suggests its restorative powers are essential. So does the fact that, if laboratory animals are deprived of it for long enough, they die.

Some animals, though, try to have their cake and eat it. Dolphins and ducks can sleep with only half their brains at a time, leaving the other half alert. Now a paper in Science by Paul-Antoine Libourel from the Lyon Centre for Research in Neurosciences, and Won Young Lee from the Korea Polar Research Institute, reports another ingenious dodge. Chinstrap penguins, it seems, take their sleep in the form of thousands of tiny micro-naps—or at least, they do when they are nesting.


2023 Award

I’m extremely honoured and proud to have been recognised by International Elite 100’s and awarded Luxury Photography Tour Operator of The Year – New Zealand.

What’s more humbling is that these awards honour leading business people and companies across the globe.

Spring / Summer 2023 award recipients have demonstrated the utmost dedication and innovation in ways that have adapted and responded to the COVID-19 storm over the past 3 years, ensuring the survival of our business.

You can read more here ….