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05-06-2018, 06:55 AM   #31
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I generally prefer Speysides to Islays
Me... if I cannae chew it, it's not peaty enough.

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I've been to Antarctica twice. Once to the peninsula via Chile/Argentina & the Drake Passage and the first time to the Ross Sea area via New Zealand/Australia & the Southern Ocean.

The Antarctica peninsula is not that cold, so you won't have any "cold" related issues. This area also has more rain fall, so I would be more worried about keeping your gear dry. The Ross Sea area is totally different, bone dry, windy and colder, so it's hard to keep warm when shooting. Also crossing the Southern Ocean twice in one trip equals multiple visits to the toilet, as sea sickness is a big issue. We had a force 9 gale on the second day of the Southern Ocean crossing and it was brutal.

Both trips were on small boats with less than 100 passengers. (plus crew)

I took three film bodies on both trips, one for colour slides, the second for b&w slides and the third body as a spare. Also took five lenses, which I have written down somewhere at home.

You should have a great time and the Penguins will charm you with their behavior! (If you just standstill or sit near some they will ignore you and carry on with their daily routine, which is quite amusing)

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Me... if I cannae chew it, it's not peaty enough.
chew it ?

Dinnae ya mean plow it ?

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=plowing+peat&&view=detail&mid=2FE71429E...B8&FORM=VDQVAP
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Thanks for the suggestion, but Adelaide has its own Antarctic hero in Douglas Mawson.




And I have plenty of choices when it comes to Single Malts
I see the cap on the Tullibardine and the Irishman haven't been opened yet?

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I see the cap on the Tullibardine and the Irishman haven't been opened yet?
Pop around and I'll crack one for you
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chew it? Dinnae ya mean plow it ?
Nah, when I'm drinking it... I do mean chewing it.
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Pop around and I'll crack one for you
Open invite to all? if so what time you want us there?
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Open invite to all? if so what time you want us there?
Actually, there's a good chance I'll be coming to you in June next year

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Actually, there's a good chance I'll be coming to you in June next year
What and your bringing the bottle with you?
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Actually, there's a good chance I'll be coming to you in June next year
any chance of a side trip to Topeka KS ?
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Me... if I cannae chew it, it's not peaty enough.
My brother!
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The Penguins will charm you with their behavior! (If you just standstill or sit near some they will ignore you and carry on with their daily routine, which is quite amusing).
Thanks Phil. You're not the first to comment on the penguins' behaviour.

I'm thinking more and more that investing in the DFA150-450 might be worthwhile, rather than restricting myself to my 300mm prime. Every so often the Australian distributors have a 15-20% off sale on their websites and that would probably tip the balance.

I see the DFA15-30 as non-negotiable. The question now is what to do with the middle focal lengths. A fast fifty and the DFA100WR would do well, with or without either the DFA28-105 or DFA24-70. And I now have a Lee filter set which I can adapt to fit any or all of these
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Thanks Phil. You're not the first to comment on the penguins' behaviour.

I'm thinking more and more that investing in the DFA150-450 might be worthwhile, rather than restricting myself to my 300mm prime. Every so often the Australian distributors have a 15-20% off sale on their websites and that would probably tip the balance.

I see the DFA15-30 as non-negotiable. The question now is what to do with the middle focal lengths. A fast fifty and the DFA100WR would do well, with or without either the DFA28-105 or DFA24-70. And I now have a Lee filter set which I can adapt to fit any or all of these
You will find on zodiac shore landings that you could be amongst thousands of penguins and very close to them as well. So something in the 50mm-100mm range would be a good choice for that scenario. When you are on-board the ship taking pictures, that's when the longer lenses come in handy for sightings of birds, whales, seals and icebergs. The wide angles come in handy for landscape shots from either the ship or on land and also if you want to get a bunch of penguins in one shot. (Family photos )

Also bring some silicon gel packs for when you come back on the ship, the temperature change from the colder outside into the warm ship may cause condensation on your gear. I left leave my gear in the camera bag with the gel packs for an hour or so after coming on-board, to adjust to the warmer ship. Also bring some sort of photo gloves when shooting. The ideal solutions is a lighter pair of photo gloves worn under a regular heavy pair of water proof ones, (Take off the heavy gloves only when shooting.) You can also get sprayed while on the zodiacs, so you will need to make plans to keep yourself and gear dry.

Phil.
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This sounds like a once in a lifetime trip, and one where you'd benefit from having the 150-450mm. If ever there was a good reason to buy, this is the reason.
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You will find on zodiac shore landings that you could be amongst thousands of penguins
just be prepared for the aroma that results when birds live in close proximity.
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