Antarctica from Gentoo Point

A Few Pics from the Antarctic

Hi All,

After 13 days at sea, with six or so in the infamous Drake Passage, I’m now sitting comfortably in the Jetty Visitor Center in Stanley, the Falklands Islands, with a loaded Wifi Ticket, and I’m gonna use it!

With Skyping home high on my priority list, I thought I’d also throw up a few pics from the last 13 days, since leaving Ushuaia, on the Southern tip of Argentina.

Here’s a shot of the moon, rising over the Beagle Channel, towards the mouth to the Drake Passage.

Moonrise Over the Beagle Channel

Moonrise Over the Beagle Channel

And here’s a couple of Gentoo penguins confirming their undying love for each other.

Gentoo Penguins Courting

Gentoo Penguins Courting

This is a view from Gentoo Point, complete with Gentoo Penguins, looking out across the bleak but beautiful Antarctica landscape. It’s a 2 minute exposure, hence the smoothed over sea and cloud movement. Black and white conversion was done with the new Silver Efex Pro 2, from Nik Software. Amazing!

Antarctica from Gentoo Point

Antarctica from Gentoo Point

By the way, I had to bribe each penguin with a fix to get them to stand still for two minutes.

This is a shot of a Humpback Whale’s nostrils.

Humback Whale's Nostrils

Humback Whale’s Nostrils

We had a day in the Penola Strait with four pods of two or three whale’s each. Here’s a shot of a Humpback Whale’s tail, between us and one of the other Zodiacs. What a day!

How Close!?

How Close!?

This is a fur seal, posing for us on the snow.

Fur Seal Posing

Fur Seal Posing

And here, to finish for now, is an iceberg, near the Vernadsky Station.



You can check our coordinates, that are updated almost dailey, on David Burren’s web site here:

I’ll be offline again for a few week’s now, as we dance around the Falklands coast, and then up the Patagonia coast before returning on April 18th. I’ll be updating you with more details and photos then.

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Martin Bailey
Martin Bailey is a nature and wildlife photographer and educator based in Tokyo. He's a pioneering Podcaster and blogger, and an X-Rite Coloratti member.
  • Rod Adams
    Posted at 23:30h, 02 April Reply

    Awesome work as always Martin! Thanks for sharing.

  • Glenn Guy
    Posted at 23:44h, 02 April Reply

    Hi Martin, Glad to see you’re doing well. You’ve made some amazing images. I particularly love the 2 minute time exposure. It’s a classic, an absolute ‘bobby dazzler’.

    Stay safe, warm and happy. Look forward to catching up down the track.

  • Forrest Tanaka
    Posted at 06:36h, 03 April Reply

    Sounds and looks totally amazing!

  • Landon Michaelson
    Posted at 02:05h, 04 April Reply

    Great teasers Martin. Looking forward to what more you come back with. Thanks for sharing.

  • Jack Andrys
    Posted at 02:23h, 04 April Reply


  • David Lee
    Posted at 15:55h, 05 April Reply

    Looks like an amazing journey and good timing to travel! Best of luck on the rest of the trip and an uneventful return home.

  • jake
    Posted at 06:51h, 06 April Reply

    love the pic’s

  • Martin Bailey
    Posted at 04:18h, 12 April Reply

    Thanks all!

    I just came up for air in Puerto Madryn at Peninsula Valdes in Argentina. Just a few more days of the expedition left.

    It’s been amazing. I’ll find a few more pics and post a quick update after this, before heading back to the ship.


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