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01-18-2013, 07:10 PM   #1
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Hello from Antarctica!

Brand-new to the (D)SLR world - been muddling through with point-and-shoot units until now.

My most recent/current is a Pentax - an Optio W90 ('cause I'm rough on my toys and I end up in places that make it even rougher).

Just purchased a K-5 II with the 18-135 "kit" lens. It hasn't arrived here yet - due to crappy weather conditions, we've had limited cargo flights and mail just isn't a high priority when we're struggling to get food and other needed supplies. (I'm at McMurdo Station, Antarctica)

I've managed to get some pretty decent images from my point-and-shoots, but I've always wondered how much better they could be with a "good" camera and some decent post-processing (ie Photoshop CS6 and Lightroom 4 - just itching to have some RAW/DNG shots to work with!)

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01-18-2013, 07:38 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum Scott, good to have you on board. Here's one to remind you of summer.

01-18-2013, 07:45 PM   #3
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i have an "old" k20d and i walk around on it in heavy rain, one time acidentaly droped soda on it during a concert, cleaned right away, the soda it dried and the buttons got all sticky due the sugar... i just washed it lightly with water, done.

i dont have that weather sealed lens you're going to get but some old all metal lens, and i just open them up and clean them nicely
you'll feel great with the pentax!
hope you get your k5 soon
01-19-2013, 12:04 AM   #4
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I was gonna take a trip down there but all those barf bags on the boat persuaded me that penguins are best observed in the zoo. A friend of mine went down there though...I still think ice diving would be pretty epic.

Thats pretty cool.... we have a poster from the South Pole.

01-19-2013, 03:19 AM   #5
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Welcome! You're in Antarctica? I'm jealous!
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Welcome to PF and it must quite an experience to be where you are ... Let us know how your new (WR) gear stands up to the Arctic environment - J
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01-20-2013, 02:51 PM   #8
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Some photographic evidence!

Here's a few shots from a recent trip out to Cape Royds. You may have heard about Cape Royds in the news recently: the NZ Prime Minister just returned a bottle of Scotch to Ernest Shackleton's hut, where it had been found after being buried for around 100 years!

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01-20-2013, 05:34 PM   #9
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Welcome aboard, nice images and enjoy your summer.
01-21-2013, 01:44 PM   #10
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Very cool, thanks for sharing!
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Welcome to the forum, it's not every day someone joins us from your part of the world.

Do the penguins have no fear of man or is a food opportunity for them or so they think?
01-21-2013, 03:25 PM   #12
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The wildlife down here has basically no fear of humans, as we're not predators for them (and are prohibited from being so by treaty/law/etc).

Penguins (primarily Adelie and Emperor) are not at all scared - the Emperors are pretty aloof at best (and grumpy when molting). The Adelies are very curious/playful. Surprisingly (to me), the portrayals of Adelies and the elder Emperors in "Happy Feet" seem to be fairly representative!

Seals (mostly Weddell here) are pretty much unimpressed by humans - they have no natural predators above the ice (which is where we see them, mostly). When there are cameras/divers viewing them under the water, they sometimes show curiosity, sometimes they just ignore.

Skuas (a big dirty-looking seagull-type bird) are primarily scavengers, and enjoy harrassing unsuspecting people who happen to be carrying food back to their dorms or work-centers (hoping to make them drop it so they can have a free meal!). Definitely fearless! (and it helps that we are prohibited from interfering or "fighting back")
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Nice pictures, and sounds like a good place to have been trained as a pacifist.
01-21-2013, 03:49 PM   #14
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Very nice photos. Wonderful to have a forum member from the Antarctic. Look forward to future posts.
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Welcome to the forum. I patiently await billions of penguin photos

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