Big Bad-Boy Berg Briefly Blocks Boat


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  • #902
    Sciencetech
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    Yesterday the R/V Laurence M. Gould departed Palmer Station, narrowly squeezing by a large iceberg that had moved in during the night. This berg is quite the monster, it’s rare to see one so big next the station. By the time the LMG was ready to depart it had moved aside just enough to let the ship through. Today the berg is still lurking out there, occasionally calving off chunks.

    The LMG at the pier…

    And departing Palmer…

    #8482
    thepooles98
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    Wow thats pretty cool. It doesn’t look that big though. Can the LMG move them if they get in the way?

    #8483
    Sciencetech
    Keymaster

    The ship might be able to gently push a berg about the size of one the fuel tanks (in the picture), I’ve seen it do that. But a big berg like this one could squash it like a bug.

    The pier area is shallow, however, so the berg grounded out before it could reach the ship.

    #8484
    Baghdad Jim
    Member

    Nice shots!

    #8485
    Anonymous
    Member

    Fine shots, Glenn. What camera did you use?

    #8486
    Sciencetech
    Keymaster

    A Nikon D70S digital SLR. I just got the thing and I’m still figuring out how to use it. So far so good.

    Some surprising results…

    – I wanted a lens with vibration reduction, but it was on back-order and I couldn’t wait. It turns out that for many hand-held shots it’s unnecessary. The camera has high shutter speeds and a selection of ISO settings, so in many circumstances it does just fine.

    – I’ve read conflicting info about whether you can use lenses designed for film cameras in the new digital SLRs. This was a decision point for me because I have a lot of (nice) older Nikon lenses. It turns out that, for Nikon at least, it works fine. Yeah, you lose a lot of the camera features if you don’t use a CPU lens, but the pictures come out great anyway. The ship shots were taken in low light with an early model 80-200/2.8ED-IF AF Nikon lens (mechanical autofocus) and they came out tack-sharp. I couldn’t be more pleased.

    – Nikon’s software, included with the camera, sucks. They must be taking hints from Canon, which often does the same thing. But Nikon has a free program you can download as an alternate, and it does a passable job.

    #8487
    Anonymous
    Member

    I’m jealous, I want to go to palmer!!! It looks so nice there, and you get mail in april! Great pictures.
    -Nate

    #8488
    Baghdad Jim
    Member

    Hey Glenn, I was looking through some collections on Flickr and realized that there’s a lot of past and present personal pages from Murdites and Polies, but I rarely run across a Palmer personl collection or current page.

    About how many people you guys have there?

    #8489
    Sciencetech
    Keymaster

    44 bed maximum. About 30 people on station now, and there will be 16 this winter.

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