Lesson 1: Packing for an expedition Key Stage 1 & 2: English
Investigating the use of cameras in the Antarctic
Most polar expeditions have official photographers. Their job is to capture the activities and achievements of each expedition.
Captain Scott had brought with him a professional photographer called Herbert Ponting who recorded, through 1700 photographs, the Terra Nova expedition.
Ponting pioneered early Antarctic photography. As well as photographing the men he was the first to comprehensively record the continent's wildlife. Ponting set the standard for modern photography and it was decades before other Antarctic photographers matched his quality.
Modern i-Phone cameras usually have around 10 mega pixels but this old camera of Herbert Ponting's has the modern equivalent of 54 mega pixels so the pictures he took such a long time ago were very clear and sharp, as well as being expertly composed.
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