Today was a fairly "flat" day. Short light hours, dark and gloomy weather, less than 90 photos, and I ended up feeling a little "flat and unproductive".
But the day started well, with stunning scenery in front of the ship as we headed south into Kirkenes:
EOS 7D, ISO 800, 24-105mm @ 24mm (A2_023587)
When photographing this I was well rugged-up against the cold, complete with windstopper balaclava. When I eventually went back inside the ship, the skin around my eyes was stinging from the cold. The day went on well, including an interesting visit to the Norwegian-Russian border. After leaving Kirkenes to head south again, we stopped at Vardø at around 4pm:
Moon over church, Vardø
EOS 5DmkII, ISO 200, 17-40mm @ 40mm (A2_023674)
This afternoon while walking along an ice-covered sidewalk in Vardø and chatting to a friend, I realised I wasn't paying quite enough attention to the ice when the surface under my feet changed. Instead of ice over concrete it was suddenly ice over steel (a trapdoor next to a building). I think my feet went sideways, and the rest of me went straight down. Hard.
I had two cameras on straps around my neck, and my Gitzo GT3541XLS tripod slung over my shoulder on an Optech tripod strap. Amazingly I didn't break anything: myself or the camera gear!