Lomos In The Arctic (Wide Arctic Horizons)

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Come on board an Icebreaker and follow scientists during their studies about global warming.

I took part to a big expedition in the Arctic, on an icebreaker. This ship, named after the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen is a floating research facility where scientists go for periods of 6 weeks, during which they sample many aspects of the Arctic Ocean. I’m interested in Arctic cod. It’s my Phd subject. Yes you can smile… I’m used to it. And when I’m on the ship, I’m surrounded by people interested in things that would make you smile… But anyway, we’re studying the Arctic as it is going to be the region the most affected by global warming. You’re smiling a bit less maybe. And you’re right. It’s a serious preoccupation. I won’t comment on it, but I am worried.

After I went in winter on the same ship, with my Holga (see “When Holga went in the Arctic”), this time, I was pretty well equipped: a Holga, a Canon F1N, an Olympus trip 35 and the Horizon Perfekt that LSI offered me when I won the 1000th lomolocation rumble. Well, it is time for me to thank LSI for that gift. I’m really in love with the Horizon Perfekt… It’s an incredible camera. When you shoot the horizon while pointing up, the horizon is distorted and gives the impression that you’re looking at a piece of the earth… Perfekt when you’re facing a frozen sea.

The gallery shows landscapes around Banks Island, and scientists and crew members at work. Crew members help scientists to collect samples with all kind of strange devices. This bound between crew members and scientists is very important and is also the root of some great friendships.

I won’t enter into the details of what we’ve done, but basically, the ship was going from one point to another to sample everything that could be interesting. To catch fish and zoo plankton, we use large nets that can be deployed from a hole in the ice, or from the side of the ship. The rhythm is intense, we are sampling at a point and while moving to the next point we have to treat and analyze some of these samples in the lab… We don’t sleep much but we’re ok with it because it often happens that while you’re having a nice little nap in your cabin, people see amazing stuff, happening constantly, and then tell you “What ? You’ve missed the polar bear?”… And anyway, you’re constantly under the effect of adrenaline… Walking on the ice, driving a ski-doo, finding amazing stuff in your samples, breaking ice with the ship, meeting Inuits… Incredible things… That you would have never imagined when you were younger…

About the shots. I did the process of all these films (except the black and white), in Kodak E6 chemistry, with a Jobo ATL 3, at a higher temperature (38.6 to 39°C) than usual (38°C) because I heard that it increases colors and contrasts. Well I wasn’t disappointed, some of the shots are super vivid… And the only treatment that they had, after processing, is the use of one of the three options of the back light of my scanner (low-medium-high), and manual dust removal on photo shop (but not a filter, it removes the grain!!!), and nothing else. Sometimes, the Canon shots are also super contrasted thanks to a polarizing filter. But seriously, the overheated E6 process gives amazing results, and sometimes a very strange grain (maybe the fact that some of my films were outdated in 1989 didn’t help), but I like it.

Link: ==http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDfqUxzGEUY==

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written by stouf on 2009-05-07 in #world #locations

26 Comments

  1. disdis
    disdis ·

    All this is so GREAT!

  2. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    Stunning-amazing-fascinating!!! And you're right, Horizon is simply Perfekt for the arctic! :))

  3. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    And if I had one only shot to pick up in the gallery, it would be n°49.... even if there are sooo many great shots there....

  4. halfawakehaiku
    halfawakehaiku ·

    Epic! Thank you for the trip :)
    What an awesome way to earn your dissertation.

  5. blue-dog
    blue-dog ·

    stouf incredible, this is incredible, the best location ever; what an amazing trip. Thank you for sharing these amazing photographs.

  6. breakphreak
    breakphreak ·

    stouf, the Champion :)

  7. coca
    coca ·

    so many amazing shots Stouf! and like Vicuna said, the Horizon is Perfekt

  8. 3lla
    3lla ·

    What a gorgeous gallery!

    I'd love to get a Horizon.

  9. oldskool_rider
    oldskool_rider ·

    wow, some of those shots are absolutely incredible...beautiful
    and yeah, the horizon does love the arctic

  10. monoflow
    monoflow ·

    wow!!! what a winner! beautiful beautiful shots!!!

  11. novakmisi
    novakmisi ·

    bravo !

  12. stouf
    stouf ·

    Yééé ! Thanks everyone ! I'm so happy ! The pictures are backwards, so start from the last and finish from the first... It makes more sense chronologically... Thanks again !!!

  13. rater
    rater ·

    Cool!

  14. stoonja
    stoonja ·

    Congrats Stouf, amazing gallery, videos are really great too, i like it a lot !!!

  15. -a-l-b-e-r-t-o-
    -a-l-b-e-r-t-o- ·

    i enjoyed a lot...to read about your trip and watch your shots

  16. bravopires
    bravopires ·

    bravo stouf!

  17. bravopires
    bravopires ·

    location of the year! million piggies!

  18. klickovic
    klickovic ·

    incredible!

  19. hhjm
    hhjm ·

    good job and congrats!!!!!!

  20. anarchy
    anarchy ·

    Simply breathtaking! Love the video as well =) Man, I want to go on a heli ride like that!!!

  21. lomosexual_manboy
    lomosexual_manboy ·

    Just an all around amazing location. Seeing this just makes me want to be a part of the expedition and see these very sights with a camera at hand.

  22. stouf
    stouf ·

    Thanks again everyone ! I feel very honoured !

  23. zoe191
    zoe191 ·

    great stuff!

  24. blixx
    blixx ·

    #50 reminds me of time on the lake in northern minnesota

  25. charwang
    charwang ·

    these are utterly amazing. you should send these to national geographic or something.

  26. mattg85
    mattg85 ·

    Very cool

  27. 12_12
    12_12 ·

    Amazing!!!!

  28. mensa
    mensa ·

    these photos are beautiful!

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