Antarctica online: return from the ice

Cliff talks about the geology of the Transantarctic Mountains, from a great viewing spot on Friis Hills. Photo Rebecca Priestley.

Cliff talks about the geology of the Transantarctic Mountains, from a great viewing spot on Friis Hills. Photo Rebecca Priestley.

Cliff and I are back from the ice, and have started editing our field footage and putting our lectures together. Thanks to a fabulous video camera (Canon XF100) and some incredible locations (and hopefully some interesting commentary from us) it’s all looking really great. One of the only problems I’ve noticed so far, is that in some of the Friis Hills footage, the sound is so perfect (there was no ambient sound at all, not a breath of wind and … well, there’s nothing else there to make a noise) and the background so incredible and the light so perfect that it looks totally fake, like Cliff’s about to swing his arm around and go through the green screen. But it was real. I need to keep reminding myself that.

We’re planning to have the online course ready to go by middle of this year. We’ll keep you posted on details.

Here are some pictures from the second week on the ice:

Scott Base: apart from when we were glamping up at Friis Hills, this was our home in Antarctica. Thanks Antarctica New Zealand! Photo Rebecca Priestley.

Scott Base: apart from when we were glamping up at Friis Hills, this was our home in Antarctica. Thanks Antarctica New Zealand! Photo Rebecca Priestley.

On the way to Cape Evans, cracks in the sea ice meant we needed to lay a bridge before driving over. Photo Rebecca Priestley

On the way to Cape Evans, cracks in the sea ice meant we needed to lay a bridge before driving over. Photo Rebecca Priestley

Happy Place: inside Scott's Terra Nova Hut at Cape Evans. Photo Rebecca Priestley.

Happy Place: inside Scott’s Terra Nova Hut at Cape Evans. Photo Rebecca Priestley.

Top of Observation Hill. Great location for lecture about Scott's journey to the Pole, and the men who waited for him to return. Photo Rebecca Priestley.

Top of Observation Hill. Great location for lecture about Scott’s journey to the Pole, and the men who waited for him to return. Photo Rebecca Priestley.

Rebecca films while Cliff Atkins interview Nick Golledge, from the Antarctic Research Centre.

Rebecca films while Cliff Atkins talks to geologist/glaciologist Nick Golledge, from the Antarctic Research Centre.

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