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July 5th, 2012

Lens Envy and the D800

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Polar Bear with Piggy-back Cub, Svalbard
I had my first chance this past week to field-test the new Nikon D800 on a trip to Svalbard in the Norwegian arctic. Knowing that I would be shooting from the deck of a ship, and hand-holding my camera a lot, I decided to pair the D800 with the Nikkor 300mm f2.8, probably the sharpest lens … 
July 3rd, 2012

Eyes on the Water

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Harbor Seal, Crossfjord, Svalbard
Landing on a remote beach in arctic Svalbard, I was surprised to see this harbor seal – an animal I often see in the waters of Puget Sound near my home. Staying just offshore, he popped up repeatedly, curious to see who I was and what I was doing. I think he grew especially interested … 
July 1st, 2012

Arctic Giant

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Blue whale rising, Arctic Norway
Six hundred miles from the North Pole, the sea was a windless calm. Spouts rose in the still air in almost every direction. One was from a Blue Whale, largest creature on earth, once nearly extinct in this part of the arctic, but now returning every summer to feed along the edge of the continental … 
November 1st, 2011

Heading South…and North

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Chinstrap Penguins on Iceberg, Antarctica
There are places in the world that are so unique, and so visually stunning, that both as a photographer and a lover of wilderness I find them irresistible. First among these has to be Antarctica, simply one of the most spectacular corners of the planet. The wildlife is fabulous, which sort of goes without saying, … 
August 26th, 2011

Arctic Documentary Project – Svalbard, Norway Final Post #5

Posted By Daniel J. Cox
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August 10, Danskøya Island 37F This morning is cold. Most definitely the coolest we’ve experienced. Danskøya Island is on the northwest part of the archipelago and is on the edge of better polar bear habitat. The ice is nearly 80 miles offshore, so any bears that are stranded on the Islands of Svalbard migrate towards … 
August 11th, 2011

Arctic Documentary Project – Svalbard, Norway Post #4: Second Trip

Posted By Daniel J. Cox
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August 8, 2011, Cloudy and 43F Tanya and I spent the past three days in Lonyearbyen in a small, very European, apartment, catching up on business matters, writing and a little rest before our next group of guests arrived. The first trip went really well, but every adventure to the field is new, so it’s … 
August 5th, 2011

Arctic Documentary Project – Svalbard, Norway Post #3: Whales, Walrus Bears and Seals

Posted By Daniel J. Cox
A curious young male walrus spy hops to get a better view of our photo group. Nikon D7000, 200-400mm lens.
July 27 – Clear skies, Temp Around 45F Sailing into the midnight sun, Svalbard, Norway. Nikon D7000 The weather continues bright and sunny. For two days now we’ve had skies with virtually no clouds. Some wind yesterday afternoon but amazingly if it weren’t for the desolate landscape, void of vegetation, and cool temps, I would … 
July 25th, 2011

Svalbard, Norway Post #2: Polar Bear Sighting

Posted By Daniel J. Cox
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July 23, 2012 Two years ago on my first trip to Svalbard we found a dead whale, floating in the waters of Holmiabukta. It was partially beached, the underside of its large, bloated carcass coming aground on the bottom of the fjord, 50 feet or more from the gray, rocky shoreline recently void of ice. … 
July 21st, 2011

Svalbard, Norway Post #1: Montana to Fidembukta Harbor

Posted By Daniel J. Cox
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July 20, 2011 Our trip from Montana was uneventful – though flying anymore I find literally painful. When Tanya and I travel overseas we always plan to arrive at least a day early, ideally two or even three. Acclimating to a new time zone slowly can make all the difference on the first part of … 
May 3rd, 2011

Polar Bear Photography Tour

Posted By Jon Cornforth
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This fall, renowned wildlife photographer Steve Kazlowski and I will be leading a polar bear photography tour in Arctic Alaska. Steve has been successfully photographing polar bears in this location for the past 13 years. His images have been published by Time and National Geographic and he is the author of The Last Polar Bear: Facing …