If you go through iceberg alley at 5AM.... this is what you get!!
(needless to say, "in a clear day", which in Antartica happens to be very rare, as anyone that has been there can tell you).
Another great characteristic to take advantage of as a photographer is that sunrises and sunsets will last an "eternity" compare to what we are used to see. Closer to the equator, the sun will rise more perpendicular to the horizon, so the magical colors would only last a couple of minutes at best. In the Antartica and closer to the poles, the sun rises more "parallel" to the horizon so it will stay barely above the horizon for long time and those colors and great light will last forever. If you are a photographer....you will get a treat!!!!
During this sunrise we were photographing for over "an hour"!
Second largest bird able to fly, the Albatros can spend a few years flying around the antarctic region
without landing. It can sleep and feed during fly, so there is no need to go back to land until he is ready
to find a mate. Albatrosses have been documented to fly as long as "10 years" (ten years) before going
back to land. It is, without a doubt, the flying master. It does that effortlessly and using the wind to
glide above the surface of the water to feed and going back up again before repeating the same fly pattern.
This pattern of fly allows the Albatross to spend very little energy to fly.
There are few species of Albatross and they are all critically endangered due to overfishing (depleting its main source of food)
and the use of thousands of hooks in giant fishing nets which they can get trapped into.
Notice the single penguin standing at the very end of this iceberg (right side near water level). TO SEE A LARGER VERSION OF THIS PICTURE SELECT THE SIZE "ORIGINAL", AT THE BOTOOM OF THE PICTURE.
This will give a reference on the size of this iceberg.
Panorama composed in PS from 4 original pictures. A lot of overlap is done from one picture to
another in order to record detail and also because we were moving in the ship and the composition
was changing each second.