The challenges of Antarctic photography

You may remember we published some stunning photographs by Alex Cornell of a recently flipped iceberg in the Antarctic seas. With its snow-covering flushed away, the iceberg appeared in its deep blue beauty in a way seldom seen.

Now Cornell has released a behind-the-scenes video of how he captured the shots, the gear he used and the challenges he faced.

Antarctica is not a normal place. Shooting there requires a lot of specific gear augmentation. In the video you’ll see my normal get-up. I wore a balaclava and sunglasses for the cold and sun protection, a chest mounted GoPro, Hestra snow gloves, and Arcteryx outerwear. Antarctica is cold, but the Peninsula is relatively warm at 2 degrees celsius. The biggest problem is the unrelenting sun being reflected off of every surface imaginable.

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