Antarctica, Falklands & South Georgia Photographic Special (Akadmik Sergey Vavilov) - Take 2

Anyone from the 2015 trip doing the re-run this November?

Nope I'm an Antarctica virgin, so any advice gratefully received. Is this the "Paul" , guide and photographer ?  If so what photo gear do you recommend- lenses etc? Looking forward to meeting you and visiting a new continent.  

I'm based near Peterborough in uk, so anybody nearby to share transport?

many thanks, andy d

I was on the 2008 trip but unfortunately we never made it to the Antarctic Peninsula.  Having a second go!!

You can contact Paul the guide/photographer through the Exodus website.

Might see you at LHR.


Hi Dora, let's hope we make it there this time then, tho I have to confess being a bit worried about the trillion ton berg thats  recently cracked loose! Hoping that's not going to get in the way.  Really looking forward to this trip, antarctica has long been a feature on the bucket list.

was South Georgia... amazing wildlife!!  Those bergs should take quite some time to travel any distance.  

Hi Andy / Dora. No, im not THE Paul ;) but i can offer some advice on photo gear based on my previous trips - Im sure others will chip in with their thoughts as well.

I always take 2 camera [DSLR] bodies so i have a backup - i'd hate to have a camera fail and get no pictures but that me being OTT :)

If you want to do birds in flight and whales from the deck you'll want a decent telephoto - 200-300mm minimum (i used a 300mm last time and it wasnt really enough on some occasions, so this time it'll be a 500mm on a cropped sensor, equiv to 750mm).

A medium zoom (i used a 70-200) is very handy for zodiac trips in amongst penguins and 'bergs, beach scenes & landscapes.

I also used wide angle zooms for landscapes, shots on board etc.

A tripod is handy but mine was too heavy so i often didnt bother taking it ashore (Im getting a lighter ones for this trip).

Plenty of memory cards of course (think of a number and double it &/or take some way of backing them up). Likewise, a good suppy of batteries; they can struggle in the cold so have some spares to keep in an inside pocket.

Some people recommend lens protectors but unless your planning to take pictures from a zodiac going ashore in choppy waters I wouldnt bother as they just seem to fog up the lens. Zodiac cruises around the bays are usually much calmer.

Bear in mind baggage allowances. The international flights are OK but for the domestic Ushuaia-Buenos Aires flight its much lower. I've always got away with it but some people have had to pay excess charges. You can check all the details on the airlines web pages.

hi paul, thanks for the advice. Im just concious about taking too much gear, i think im going to struggle anyway with what i had planned to take, but that was pretty much what i was thinking. The trouble is trying to fit it all into hand luggage  and size restrictions, not to mention the weight of a sackfull of lenses. i dont really want to have to check in a hardcase and add still further weight. being a bit of a gear nut it soon gets out of hand. 

I'm very much an amature photographer.  I do have a full frame camera thou.  I'm taking a 70-200mm lens, 2x extender and a bridge camera.  I do have a 24-105mm & & 16-35.  Would you recommend me taking one of these Paul?

Is anyone going to Paul & Chris's "A Wild Night Out' on 14 Nov in Kensignton Town Hall?


Dora - If you can fit it in, I'd recommend taking the 16-35 wideangle for landscapes and icebergs. That, plus the x2 extender, then covers you all the way from 16-400mm :)

I will.  

Hi Paul


I was one of the passengers from the Nov 15 Trip, hoping that we get it right this time.

just excited to be going back again, any excuse for me.

Hi cg. welcome back. Seems pretty quiet on here compared to last time! Only 80 days to go :) And yes, lets hope for the full South Georgia this time.

Hi This is my first trip to Antarctica and I am going out a week early to see the Falklands. I gather a few others are too. Anyone on here?


Those that have been before on this vessel please can you tell me how warm it is on board please? I don't like being too warm so need to take some light clothing if necessary.



Hi Heather,  I do find it warm on ship, and will walk about in just t-shirt and light trousers,i it helps, I live in london and have today been out in a tshirt, as I have not found it cold enough yet to start wearing a jumper for my daily commute.

As a general rule you tend to see men is shirts/tshirts, and the women will range from tshirts to light jumpers and then have a fleece close at hand in case there is something to see outside.

Daytime clothing that I am weraing now will be the same as when i am on the ship. hope that makes sense.


That's really helpful thanks Christine. I've been in tee shirt and boardies today - about 50 miles north of London so looks like we have similar attitude to temperature!


Erica and I are on this trip. Erica has wanted to visit Antarctica for a long time and as I am into photography it seemed the perfect trip to come on. We have been on a few Exodus trips so far and been very impressed. Great to get an email today saying that we should get 45 minutes in Port Stanley to take some photos before we board the ship. We wanted to get chance to see a little of the Falklands and like a few others on this forum looked into going earlier to get the chance. Due to work commitments we could not come a week earlier so will make the most of the 45 minutes. We are going to the Chris Packham and Paul Goldstein talk at the Buxton Opera House on 9th November. Is anybody else on the trip going on this? 

Yes - I'm lucky to be able to go a week early and spend time in the Falklands - but it does mean I miss the talks! Really looking forward to the trip and meeting everyone.


On the 2015 trip it took absolutely ages to get our hold luggage and go through customs at Mt Pleasant airport (the word 'chaotic' springs to mind!), so had barely enough time in Stanley to walk along the seafront, have a quick look at the church and grab a few cards and souvenirs in the shop.

The trip from Mt Pleasant airport itself takes over an hour and we had an excellant running commentary from the guide en route covering the history, geology, economy and politics of the island. And they gave us a picnic bag with sandwiches, snacks and drinks for the journey!

Hi, just another point of view about Stanley, the airport is not an international or even national airport, it is an RAF base, and not set up to reveive commercial airlines, although they do once a week, the arrival hall, is probably the smallest that you will ever see, and therefore when we all arrive with our large hand luggabe bags - due to camera equipment, and then we have the process of going through the controls that they have in place it does seem strange.  BUT they do the best they can under the circumstances, and get us out as soon as possible, I would recommend that even if you are a group, if you have your baggage and been trhough controls make your way out of the room to make it easier for others.


We still managed to get time in Stanley itself, not enough to visit the museum, but if you make a frogmarch you can get to the 1982 memorial. and the shops will love to welcome you.

There are a couple of souvenir shops, for those of you that won't last the two weeeks without shopping, and there is even a supermarket for the last round of items that you have forgotton.

You may get the chance to poke your head around the catherdral as well, but it will only be a short time. 

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