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Here’s another shot from the BBC Dynasties shoot, on which I worked as an expedition photographer and camera assistant together with @badgerboy05 and @willplawson in 2017 in Antarctica. The adventure of a lifetime!
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One of the most special things that I have ever witnessed with emperor penguins was a very unusual piece of behavior. Many of you already know that emperor penguins have to carefully balance their precious egg on their feet and that they will cover it with their belly feathers to incubate it in their brood pouch. Especially the part when the female passes the unhatched egg to her male partner is very tricky. If the egg is exposed to the cold for too long the embryo will freeze and their offspring is lost. That’s one good reason to practice this handover in advance, but without an egg it’s impossible - well, almost.
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This couple of emperors were practicing with a snowball on their feet. Even though we did not observe one bird passing the snowball to another, we were quite confident that we were seeing some sort of „egg-handling training session“. As far as I know this behavior has never been described nor filmed, so for us this was incredibly special. Seeing something as extraordinary as this in the most beautiful light one can imagine was icing on the cake. Simply marvelous!
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If you would like to see more of this behavior, make sure to tune in on November 18th, 8pm GMT on BBC one —> BBC Dynasties: Emperor penguins!!
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Wow, what a great start into BBC Dynasties with chimpanzees yesterday - such an intense look at the struggles, that especially male chimps have to cope with when trying to lead a group of other chimps. We are in the final week now until the world will finally see our emperor penguins film which was four years in the making - 11 months of which we were filming on location in Atka-Bay, Antarctica. Many of you know that I was part of a three people team with @badgerboy05 and @willplawson, working as an expedition photographer and camera assistant.
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This scene shows one of the most exciting days during our stay - the return of the colony on a snowy fall day. Slowly, but steadily, thousands of male and female emperor penguins return from their feeding areas at sea to form a colony and search for a mate. Just like pearls on a necklace, one follows the other across the barren Antarctic sea ice - only icebergs stick out of the frozen wasteland. Not only seeing, but also hearing the birds return is a memory, that I will cherish forever and which cannot be put into words.
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I’ll be posting a variety of new and unseen images from our trip to Antarctica, so make sure to come back in the coming days! And mark your calendars: Nov. 18th, 8pm GMT on BBC one —> BBC Dynasties: Emperor penguins!!
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It’s almost hard to bear the excitement. In less than 24h the first episode of the new BBC landmark series DYNASTIES will air on #BBCone in the UK. Our film about the emperor penguins will air exactly one week later and I could not be more thrilled about it. All that we worked for so hard will finally be visible to the entire world. Can’t wait to get first reactions. So, on Sunday 8:30pm GMT, make sure to tune in on BBCone and watch the first episode of DYNASTIES which will show the incredible life of Chimpanzees! :-)
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Emperor penguins stand in many beautiful postures, especially during their courtship rituals. One of the most beautiful postures to me is when they make their typical courtship/identification call, which is a repetitive series of call noises believed to be unique for every bird. This call is also meant to be one important aspect of the penguins’ ability to identify their mate and their chicks amongst hundreds or even thousands of other birds. It always begins when a penguin returns from the sea, walks towards the colony and then stops abruptly. It will then drop its head and look down at the ground while at the same time taking a very deep breath. One can really tell how much air is inhaled by the bird since the beak slightly opens and the volume of its belly rapidly increases. The bird will then tense up its whole body and press all of the air out of its lungs again, creating the trumpet like call. With a little bit of ice in its face this to me is the ultimate situation for a portrait shot of an emperor penguin and hence, this is quite likely one of my most favorite images of 2017. I hope that you will like it as well. . .

Please follow my work on Instagram: @christmannphoto and don’t forget to watch the start of BBC Dynasties on November 11th. Our emperor penguin film will be the second episode of this awesome new series, narrated by #sirdavidattenborough . .

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After enduring four long days of winds in excess of 60 knots and seas as high as 30 feet while we crossed Antarctica’s infamous Drake Passage, we were finally able to go out on deck to capture the trailing edge of the dying storm. The expedition vessel, Hans Hansson, piloted masterfully by Captain Dion Poncet, carried our team on the mission of a lifetime. For the first time in my career, I led a dream cast of talented individuals to tell one of the most important stories of our time. I'm excited to be at National Geographic HQ in Washington DC this week to talk about Antarctica and to show VR footage of this amazing place. Thank you to @rodolfowerner @CristinaMittermeier@Ladzinski@Andy_Mann@ShaneMooreFilms@CraigWelch @PattersonImages for putting your hearts and souls into this @natgeo project to tell the story of this changing land and seascape.


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This skua was such a wonderful mother, she almost made me cry with emotion. When I accidentally got too close to her chick, she first dive-bombed me while squawking loudly. Not being able to convince me of how frightening she was, she tried a second strategy: she started flapping one wing and limping away in the opposite direction. It took me a second to understand that she was trying to get me to chase her away from where her baby was hiding. A great example of how mothers everywhere are willing to sacrifice themselves to protect their children. #OnAssignment for @NatGeo. With @PaulNicklen@Ladzinski@Andy_Mann, @CraigWelch, Rodolfo Werner and @Sea_Legacy.


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Would you travel to Antarctica?😍😎 #Repost @natgeotravel

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A Weddell seal, named after James Weddell, the British sailing captain that explored the southern seas in the 1820s, twitches and grunts in its sleep as I try to not wake it up with my giggles. Along with so many other wonderful animals, these seals depend on the icy conditions of the Antarctic Peninsula. Despite rapid changes in the Antarctic, we still have a chance to protect these seas in perpetuity. #FollowMe and @sea_legacy to see how the deliberations to create a network of Marine Protected Areas in this part of the ocean play out. I am #grateful for the opportunity to shoot this important story.

On #Assignment for @NatGeo with @PaulNicklen, @Ladzinski, @Andy_Mann @CraigWelch.


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A fiery sunset sets the mountains ablaze in the fabled Pleanau Inlet of the Antarctic Peninsula. Over the last two decades, the Antarctic Peninsula has warmed significantly, directly contributing to substantial ice loss. All elements of life here are tied to healthy ice and my hope is that our work will help protect this fragile and important part of our ocean. Shot #OnAssignment for @NatGeo. Read the article through the link in my bio. #TurningTheTide with @PaulNicklen@Ladzinski@CraigWelch, @Andy_Mann and @Sea_Legacy


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Our @natgeo story—“The Big Meltdown”—showcasing the vast, wild, and rapidly unwinding seascape of the Antarctic Peninsula as it hurtles toward the unknown is now online. (See link in my bio.) Please take a look at the exquisite, arresting images and video (and read my story😉) and share with others. Grateful for this amazing opportunity and for this wickedly talented cast. Here, Adelie penguins slip and bobble as they race to shore near the Antarctic Sound. W/ @paulnicklen @cristinamittermeier, @ladzinski, @andymann, @shanemoorefilms, @craigwelch @pattersonimages @ianvaso @ignacioferrando360 @sea_legacy and @natgeopristineseas. #CCAMLR2017 #MPA #nature #naturelovers, #gratitude, #photographersforAntarctica #expedition #science #journey @reveredcinema #reveredcinema


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Our @natgeo story—“The Big Meltdown”—showcasing the vast, wild, and rapidly unwinding seascape of the Antarctic Peninsula as it hurtles toward the unknown is now online. (See link in my bio.) Please take a look at the exquisite, arresting images and video (and read my story😉) and share with others. Grateful for this amazing opportunity and for this wickedly talented cast. Here, Adelie penguins slip and bobble as they race to shore near the Antarctic Sound. W/ @paulnicklen @cristinamittermeier, @ladzinski, @andymann, @shanemoorefilms @pattersonimages @ianvaso @ignacioferrando360 @sea_legacy and @natgeopristineseas. #CCAMLR2017 #MPA #nature #naturelovers, #gratitude, #photographersforAntarctica #expedition #science #journey


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Changes in weather and sudden storms are easily the most dangerous events which can happen in Antarctica. Within mere minutes a nice and calm day can turn into mayhem with wind speeds exceeding 160km/h. Blowing snow will make visibility drop to only a few tens of centimeters and the windchill can cause serious frostbite on any exposed piece of skin. While we as humans try to avoid such dangerous conditions altogether, the birds are exposed to the weather 24/7. One day we decided to stay outside during a storm and film the struggle that the birds have to go through in order to survive. While brutal winds were howling loudly and making it almost impossible to communicate via our voices the penguins were closely huddled together, their feathers packed with blowing snow that to us felt like sharp grains of sand hitting us at 100km/h. Exposing our gear to these conditions was quite risky as well, since static electricity that builds up in the air during these weather conditions could discharge on the metal bodies of our cameras and damage their electronics. It’s quite hard to take a decent photograph during an Antarctic storm, but the few ones that turn out, usually are good at conveying the dangerous atmosphere and the cold.
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Not only does sea ice provide a summer sunbathing site for these crabeater seals, but it also provides nesting and foraging areas for penguins and seals. It is also home to the algae that draws massive underwater clouds of shrimp-like krill, the chief source of food for many penguins, seals, and even whales. As the world's climate warms, the type and volume of ice is changing and threatening to upend one of the world's most bountiful marine systems. Shot on #assignment for @NatGeo, article out this month. #TurningTheTide with @PaulNicklen, @ladzinski@Andy_Mann and @CraigWelch.


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One aspect that really fascinates me about emperor penguins is that although they all look very similar and organize themselves in a colony that acts as a super-organism, all the birds have their very own traits of character. Some of them are incredibly bold and curious while others prefer to stay in the vicinity of the colony, protected by the sheer number of birds around them. To me it always felt like this personality already showed very early in their development. Even with the chicks we could make out the ones which were more curious, as well as the ones that would lead a group of peers across the sea ice and the ones which would just follow along. I chose a slightly unusual crop and used a long tele lens for his shot of a pretty bold chick to emphasize its unique character and think it does convey this aspect of its character quite nicely.
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@Regran_ed from @paulnicklen - Where is this iceberg now? This photo was taken in 2012 during a trip to Antarctica. As these monumental palaces of floating ice drift away from the continent, they inevitably start to melt. The cold freshwater that drips off the iceberg and into the saltwater ocean influences currents and ocean circulation, even far away from the source. Every iceberg, every drop of water, every molecule...they all work together. We should too.
#PhotographersForAntarctica #StopClimateChange #20by2020 #MPA #MarineProtectedArea - #regrann


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Under a gentle flurry, a snow Petrel glides over the Antarctic Ocean. If we succeed in protecting 10% of our oceans by 2020, we will be on our way to a healthier planet, solutions to climate change, and hope for wildlife. The declaration of a new marine protected area in the Southern Ocean is a huge first step in the long journey to recovery. With @PaulNicklen and @Sea_Legacy. #PhotographersForAntarctica


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Although windy days are the least comfortable on the sea ice, they are usually extremely beautiful. Drifting snow, which is backlit by the low sun usually looks like the whole sea ice surface is on fire. Silhouetting a penguin against these flames creates a wonderful aesthetic effect. This particular penguin was walking away from the colony heading north for the sea in order to feed in the open water. Since the sun rises and sets in the North during springtime, he was walking right towards the light and almost looked like an extraterrestrial heading for his spaceship to leave Earth. It’s quite likely that his walk to the ocean took him at least two days. . .

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I can say without a doubt that the above image is the most painful image I have ever taken. The usual reaction I get from people is disbelief and the question how an image of emperor penguin footprints could possibly be painful. After all, I had "all the time in the world" to compose and take the shot, so what on earth could have been so bad? Well, it was having all the time I needed! :-) The image was taken with a tilt-shift lens, which in itself is a lengthy process. Adjusting the tilt level of the lens is accomplished with a tiny knob on the lens, which can only be operated precisely without gloves. That being said, on this day there was a slight wind of around 10-15 knots and temperatures of -37degC, so whenever I took off my gloves in order to adjust the tilt, my fingers would freeze and then sting like crazy. Additional, adjusting the lens is usually not sufficient, but at the same time I needed to scroll through the entire live view frame at 100% magnification in order to check sharpness. Whenever I found out of focus areas the whole setup needed to be tweaked, refocused and checked over again. It took me roughly 15-20 minutes to take this image with short intervals of warming my fingers in between.

Finally, I was able to shoot an angled object plane, tack sharp from front to back with a wide open aperture. Of course I stopped the lens down anyway to really get the best image quality - it just seemed like the least I could do in order to photograph these pretty much perfect footprints in a beautifully structured patch of snow.
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The courtship rituals of the emperor penguins are amongst the most beautiful "dance moves" I have ever seen in my entire life. Before they select a mate for the season, emperor penguins will carefully test if they are compatible with their partner. A complex series of movements, like shuffling their feet and bowing their head, which are mirrored by the partner to almost perfection are important aspects for a couple to distinguish their mate from the thousands of other birds in the colony. And even after they have mated and successfully, laid and passed the egg, they will reinforce their bond throughout the year until their chick is fully grown and they will leave the colony for good. During these times of reinforcement sometimes they will just stand opposite of each other with their bellies softly touching and their heads held up high. They will stand stall with their beaks pointing upwards, sometimes even crossing like in this photograph. It's a beautiful and elegant pose and shows these majestic birds in all their beauty. At the same time it's such a peaceful moment, full of intimacy and I hope that I can convey a fraction of that magic to you.
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Photograph by @CristinaMittermeier // A silver stream flows through the belly of a massive iceberg in Antarctica. As a faint opalescent moon heralds twilight, we marvelled at the intricate designs that the tides, the wind, and the sea have carved on this piece of ice. #FollowMe on @CristinaMittermeier to see another image of this beautiful place. #PhotographersForAntarctica #Ocean #Ice #world.chy.766.cr


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Photograph by @CristinaMittermeier // A silver stream flows through the belly of a massive iceberg in Antarctica. As a faint opalescent moon heralds twilight, we marvelled at the intricate designs that the tides, the wind, and the sea have carved on this piece of ice. #FollowMe on @CristinaMittermeier to see another image of this beautiful place. #PhotographersForAntarctica #Ocean #Ice #ClimateChange #Repost @natgeotravel with @insta.saver.repost • • •


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Photograph by @CristinaMittermeier // A silver stream flows through the belly of a massive iceberg in Antarctica. As a faint opalescent moon heralds twilight, we marvelled at the intricate designs that the tides, the wind, and the sea have carved on this piece of ice. #FollowMe on @CristinaMittermeier to see another image of this beautiful place. #PhotographersForAntarctica #Ocean #Ice #ClimateChange


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Photograph by @CristinaMittermeier // A silver stream flows through the belly of a massive iceberg in Antarctica. As a faint opalescent moon heralds twilight, we marvelled at the intricate designs that the tides, the wind, and the sea have carved on this piece of ice. #FollowMe on @CristinaMittermeier to see another image of this beautiful place. #PhotographersForAntarctica #Ocean #Ice #ClimateChange


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Photograph by @CristinaMittermeier // A silver stream flows through the belly of a massive iceberg in Antarctica. As a faint opalescent moon heralds twilight, we marvelled at the intricate designs that the tides, the wind, and the sea have carved on this piece of ice. #FollowMe on @CristinaMittermeier to see another image of this beautiful place. #PhotographersForAntarctica #Ocean #Ice #ClimateChange


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Photograph by @CristinaMittermeier // A silver stream flows through the belly of a massive iceberg in Antarctica. As a faint opalescent moon heralds twilight, we marvelled at the intricate designs that the tides, the wind, and the sea have carved on this piece of ice. #FollowMe on @CristinaMittermeier to see another image of this beautiful place. #PhotographersForAntarctica #Ocean #Ice #ClimateChange


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