Exploring the Crystal Desert: Antarctica Through a Photographer’s Lens

Christopher Michel doesn’t like to sit still. Despite a career that includes gigs as a Naval flight officer, tech investor, entrepreneur, journalist, and government science advisor, Michel has managed to steady his hands long enough to also hone his skills as a photographer. His pursuit of the perfect image has taken him from Mount Everest to Papua New Guinea to the Korean Demilitarized Zone – and even, in 2010, to the edge of space (inside a U-2 spy plane). His most recent journey, however, is to a place he deems most magnificent of all: the frigid waters of Antarctica’s so-called “Crystal Desert.” On board a giant ship chartered by Harvard (his alma mater), Michel photographed icebergs as they froze, melted, and refroze. We managed to slow Michel down long enough to ask him a few questions about his polar voyage.

What kind of photography equipment do you recommend for extreme environments like Antarctica?

Antarctica and camera equipment aren’t friendly. From the inevitable Zodiac sea spray of the Southern Ocean to the battery-draining deep freeze, a smart photographer needs to come prepared with backup equipment, extra power, and protective everything.

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anonymous asked:

is there anyway to see each instagram post with the caption and all (and not in a gif) from the Yuri on Ice ED? thank you!

You can actually see their captions if you can edit on Photoshop by importing the video into layers like how I did when I made the gifsets of their instagram feed. But if you can’t, here you go!! The captions were blurry so I just put the characters supposed to be Instagram usernames with the caption) 

christophe-gc “Reunited with bae”

mickey-crispino “Awesome day! Here were are in Florence. We are taking extremely fun time with my sis! @sala-crispino #Florence #michelcrispino #florencecathedral”

phicit+chu “crepe ❤️😘”

JJleroy!15 “Let’s party now! 😎 #Singapore #party #itsjjstyle”

seung-gillee “🐕”

otabek-altin “This escalator is so long. It’s been a long time since I last came to Almaly”

+guanghongji+ “New bicycleeeee 🚲✨✨”

yuri-plisetsky “#StPetersburg #Russia”

v-nikiforov “Nakasu in Japan! Everything is really great and delicious! #nakasu #Japan #ramen”

v-nikiforov “Time flies so fast.”

yuri-plisetsky “Lion”

sukeota3sisters (no caption)

Well, I hope that helps ^^ If only they were real, I will follow them in an instant especially Otabek >w<

Top Shot: When Penguins Fly

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An Emperor Penguin emerges from the water in Gould Bay, Antarctica. Photograph by Christopher Michel