I don’t own a point and shoot camera. I definitely would not mind having one as there are some pretty awesome cameras out there, but I’ve just never gotten around to actually looking at which one would suit me best.
I do however have an iPhone which I always have with me, and the combination of a pretty decent camera and amazing apps has gotten me by on safaris, workshops and daily life, and the ability to share directly to social media and manage things at the office at the same time makes it an invaluable tool.
During our Svalbard Expedition, we did not have signal which meant I was forced to disconnect from the online world for 10 days while we were sailing around the Spitsbergen archipelago, and I can highly recommend it – both sailing around this amazing place and disconnecting from the online world for a while.
During the trip, I used my iPhone purely as a point and shoot camera to capture the moments in between all the serious photography and all the behind the scenes action that plays such a large part in creating the memories and experiences that make up a large part of a photo safari. It is these moments that we will recall for a long time after our images have been processed and posted online.
Two of the apps that used were Slow Shutter and Snapseed. Slow Shutter is great for creating motion blurs and creative abstracts and Snapseed is, in my opinion, the best processing app available on the iPhone.
Here are some of the moments I captured on my iPhone during the expedition. And yes, I did drop my phone in the snow but it is still working. Kind of.
iPhone Images from Svalbard
Tromso from the sky.
Coming in to land at Tromso.
Boarding at Tromso and heading to Longyearbjen.
Flying to Longyearbjen.
The white world of Svalbard.
Our home for 10 days of adventure.
Searching for reindeer.
White open spaces.
Photographing walrus on the beach.
Leading lines to a walrus.
Yes, it was cold.
Photographing icy shores.
Museum visit in Ny Alesund.
The spot where Amendsun started his journey.
1000 year old glacier ice and whisky. Good combo.
Hard at work processing her images.
These things were… incredible!!
Lectures on Polar Bears.
A proper Claret.
Good choice Mark.
Historic maps on board.
View from my porthole.
This is what we do.
Processing a polar bear.
On the ice.
Presentations on board.
The M/S Stockholm.
Photographing in the snow.
Braving the elements.
A pile of Nikon equipment.
Lunch on the back of the deck.
Canons and cookies.
Walking in the snow.
Yes, she can.
Money at the top of the world.
Eye to eye.
Missed my dogs so this one got loads of attention.
Heading back home.
Next blog post from Svalbard will be the first part of our trip report so make sure to stay tuned to the Wild Eye Facebook page next week!
Until next time.
Gerry van der Walt
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