iPhone Images from Svalbard

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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.

Great memories!

iPhone Images from Svalbard

Gerry van der Walt - iPhone in Svalbard

Leaving Oslo.

Gerry van der Walt - iPhone in Svalbard

Airplane abstract.

Gerry van der Walt - iPhone in Svalbard

Tromso from the sky.

Gerry van der Walt - iPhone in Svalbard

Coming in to land at Tromso.

Gerry van der Walt - iPhone in Svalbard

Boarding at Tromso and heading to Longyearbjen.

Gerry van der Walt - iPhone in Svalbard

Flying to Longyearbjen.

Gerry van der Walt - iPhone in Svalbard

The white world of Svalbard.

Gerry van der Walt - iPhone in Svalbard

Arrived safely.

Gerry van der Walt - iPhone in Svalbard

Longyearbjen.

Gerry van der Walt - iPhone in Svalbard

Our home for 10 days of adventure.

Gerry van der Walt - iPhone in Svalbard

Searching for reindeer.

Gerry van der Walt - iPhone in Svalbard

Photographing reindeer.

Gerry van der Walt - iPhone in Svalbard

White open spaces.

Gerry van der Walt - iPhone in Svalbard

Photographing reindeer.

Gerry van der Walt - iPhone in Svalbard

Photographing walrus on the beach.

Gerry van der Walt - iPhone in Svalbard

Leading lines to a walrus.

Gerry van der Walt - iPhone in Svalbard

Yes, it was cold.

Gerry van der Walt - iPhone in Svalbard

Blue ice.

Gerry van der Walt - iPhone in Svalbard

Photographing icy shores.

Gerry van der Walt - iPhone in Svalbard

Museum visit in Ny Alesund.

Gerry van der Walt - iPhone in Svalbard

Discussing history.

Gerry van der Walt - iPhone in Svalbard

The spot where Amendsun started his journey.

Gerry van der Walt - iPhone in Svalbard

1000 year old glacier ice and whisky.  Good combo.

Gerry van der Walt - iPhone in Svalbard

Hard at work processing her images.

Gerry van der Walt - iPhone in Svalbard

These things were… incredible!!

Gerry van der Walt - iPhone in Svalbard

Lectures on Polar Bears.

Gerry van der Walt - iPhone in Svalbard

A proper Claret.

Gerry van der Walt - iPhone in Svalbard

Good choice Mark.

Gerry van der Walt - iPhone in Svalbard

Historic maps on board.

Gerry van der Walt - iPhone in Svalbard

Breakfast times.

Gerry van der Walt - iPhone in Svalbard

View from my porthole.

Gerry van der Walt - iPhone in Svalbard

This is what we do.

Gerry van der Walt - iPhone in Svalbard

Processing a polar bear.

Gerry van der Walt - iPhone in Svalbard

On the ice.

Gerry van der Walt - iPhone in Svalbard

Presentations on board.

Gerry van der Walt - iPhone in Svalbard

White beard?

Gerry van der Walt - iPhone in Svalbard

Amazing landscapes.

Gerry van der Walt - iPhone in Svalbard

The M/S Stockholm.

Gerry van der Walt - iPhone in Svalbard

Photographing in the snow.

Gerry van der Walt - iPhone in Svalbard

Heavy snow.

Gerry van der Walt - iPhone in Svalbard

Braving the elements.

Gerry van der Walt - iPhone in Svalbard

Svalbard colours.

Gerry van der Walt - iPhone in Svalbard

A pile of Nikon equipment.

Gerry van der Walt - iPhone in Svalbard

Textures.

Gerry van der Walt - iPhone in Svalbard

No Puffin.

Gerry van der Walt - iPhone in Svalbard

Lunch on the back of the deck.

Gerry van der Walt - iPhone in Svalbard

Amazing.

Gerry van der Walt - iPhone in Svalbard

Canons and cookies.

Gerry van der Walt - iPhone in Svalbard

Walking in the snow.

Gerry van der Walt - iPhone in Svalbard

Reflections.

Gerry van der Walt - iPhone in Svalbard

Yes, she can.

Gerry van der Walt - iPhone in Svalbard

Welcome.

Gerry van der Walt - iPhone in Svalbard

Money at the top of the world.

Gerry van der Walt - iPhone in Svalbard

Eye to eye.

Gerry van der Walt - iPhone in Svalbard

Norwegian flag.

Gerry van der Walt - iPhone in Svalbard

Longyearbjen suburbs.

Gerry van der Walt - iPhone in Svalbard

Missed my dogs so this one got loads of attention.

Gerry van der Walt - iPhone in Svalbard

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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