The Sun is Winding Down at the South Pole

On my way out to DSL I noticed an interesting cloud formation. We don’t see clouds very often. So, this is always something nice to look at. The sun is already at a low elevation of 5.5°, which added a spectacular light effect. I decided to go back inside and get my tripod and digital SLR camera. I spent half an hour to take a number of shots, which I processed into high dynamic range images.
Dark Sector with MAPO and DSL

The Geographic South Pole marker with the Dark Sector buildings in the background

Some of you have contacted me about the webcam picture on the weather page. It has been pointed down to the bottom of the stairs at ARO . With the sun at 5.5° it would shine directly into the camera if it would still be pointed at the Station, thus destroying the CCD. So enjoy the last bit of light before the camera goes dark in a few weeks.

[tags]Antarctica, South Pole, sunset, weather, ARO[/tags]

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5 Responses to “The Sun is Winding Down at the South Pole”

  1. Aaron
    March 7th, 2008 01:31

    Not sure what I’m more envious of:
    1. The environment in which you’re shooting these photos (and it’s unique beauty).
    2. Your photography skills. :)

  2. steffen
    March 7th, 2008 03:46

    @Aaron: I’d like to think it is 2), but I’m afraid it’s just 1) :-)

  3. mary kurtz
    March 8th, 2008 10:32


  4. steffen
    March 9th, 2008 06:03

    Thanks Mary

  5. Javed
    April 3rd, 2008 01:41

    Amazing! Just goes to show how varied our planet it.. I just cant stop going through all your pics. Toooooo good!