I'm still at Palmer Station on my second stint this year in Antarctica. It's been fun and I still can't believe how beautiful this place is. I've heard about it for so long and seen so many photos, but nothing really prepares you for it. It's dreamy and blue and the spectacular light is continually shifting, along with the weather. I do love working at South Pole, but it's a bit more static and it's always flat, white & chilly. It's been great to experience a different part of Antarctica where things are a little bit more dynamic.
Just before I left the states, I picked up a new lens and it's been hard to put anything else on my camera since. It's perfect for shooting here and I love what I'm able to get straight out of my camera with it. My new lens is a Lensbaby Composer Pro II with the Sweet 50 optic. What I love about this lens is that you can get really dreamy blur outside of a very specific and small area of focus. And the other cool thing about it is that you can shift the area of focus anywhere in the frame that you want by twisting the lens. That said, there is a STEEP learning curve in figuring out where the sweet spot of focus is. I shot about 300 photos today and missed the focus on 90% of them. But when you get it right, it's totally worth it in my opinion.
I've been busy working on my new project that I am so super excited to tell you about in a few weeks. I had actually decided to give up one of my big art projects but shortly after I articulated that idea to my friend @KimKlassen a couple of months ago, I swear I nearly went into a panic attack just thinking about it. I suddenly started remembering just how much I love this particular project and all the big dreams I had for it. So while I had fully intended to give it up in order to focus more on my photography, in the end I'm putting more time than ever in to and it feels like the right thing to do.
I'm having to learn a lot of new skills in order to get this project off the ground, which is a little hard to do from here, where I don't have unlimited internet access, but I'm sticking with my July 15th rollout date no matter what it takes. I need to finish (and start!) more things in my life. This is a big one for me but I think it will all come together.
Stay tuned for more info on this project as it gets closer...