Getting higher

By: Arjen Drost

Sep 02 2011

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Category: nature, Photography, Polar, Scenery


Focal Length:17mm
Shutter:1/400 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Hornsund seen from the crow's nest

The past two years I’ve been guiding on the most beautiful ship on Spitsbergen, the two mast schooner Noorderlicht. It’s really beautiful to sail quietly though the Arctic waters (even though we motor quite a lot). And the shallow draft means we can go to places inaccessible for other ships. Normally I try to keep human influences out of the pictures as much as possible, but with a ship this nice it can be nice to use it in the picture. It is possible to make the climb into the crow’s nest. A 15 meter long climb over a small rope ladder… Last year I never got to do it, but now, as we were sailing in the beautiful Hornsund in nice and calm conditions I decided to make the climb. Near the crow’s nest I decided to take some pictures. The higher perspective, together with the ship, the calm water and the ice in the fjord give this picture some of the feeling you get when you’re sailing around in these icy waters.


2 comments on “Getting higher”

  1. Nice shot looks a great boat

  2. Gave plaat. Zo’n boot moet gewoon op de foto vind ik. Het is geen toeristenschip, maar een klassieker. Die past hier mooi in het beeld.

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