Rob Tarr Photography

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Arctic 2014

I was fortunate to travel to Spitsbergen in June 2014 - a 9-day ship-based expedition, as winner of the Oceans of Life photographic competition in 2013.

Polar bear on ice

One of my favourite images simply shows a polar bear wandering through its environment, ever-alert for the scent of opportunity.

Bearded seal

This rather debonair looking bearded seal swam up towards us from quite a distance to have a good look, before going on his way again.

Walrus spyhop

One large walrus did a few spy-hop surges out of the water to have a good look at the occupants in the boat! A lovely interaction between animal and human - equally curious about the other.

Walrus confrontation

A pair of walrus facing off, with a glacier in the background.

Arctic fox

I saw this little guy running up the slope to where he would be nicely outlined against the snow, and got ready. As he got there, he stopped and looked back - Thank You! :-)

Puffin pair

A pair of atlantic puffins - such a treat to get to see these iconic, comical-looking arctic birds. Also known as "clowns of the sea"

Two kittiwakes

These two provided, for me, a comical scene, with one bird trying to catch forty winks while the other was squawking and making a noise nearby.

Glacier and explorers

Seeing glaciers up close and personal drives home even more the fact that something so immense also feels the effects of global warming.

Iceberg splash

Sometimes, one just has to rely on luck. While I was photographing this iceberg landscape, a piece of ice broke off somewhere underwater, and popped up to the surface just as I pressed the shutter! A magical moment!

Iceberg landscape

A beautiful iceberg landscape - the contrast between the rectangular 'berg in the foreground and the curved, irregular lines of the larger blue iceberg lend appeal to the scene.

Layered iceberg

The weathered layers of accumulated snow that make up a glacier, and hence an iceberg, made for a very photogenic subject. The expedition vessel is in the distance on the right.

Iceberg patterns

This repeating pattern of ridges caught my eye, and I took a series of images as we moved past, until they lined up "just right".

Iceberg splash

Sometimes, one just has to rely on luck. While I was photographing this iceberg landscape, a piece of ice broke off somewhere underwater, and popped up to the surface just as I pressed the shutter! A magical moment!

Arctic relections

A perfect arctic summers day. Here the mirror-like water and the clouds combined to produce a mesmerizing image, where one can imagine things like an alien face in the reflections. This was stitched together from a sequence of 7 overlapping images.

Ship in cloud channel

I noticed the ripples from the ship on the glass-smooth surface as we glided slowly along, searching for the elusive polar bear.

A tough environment

One of many intriguing and beautiful arctic landscapes. A broken cross bears testimony to the harshness of the arctic environment.

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