First of all I need to apologize for not posting here in a long while. Ever since the Sun came back on July 21st we have been beyond busy filming the colony as well as some distant icebergs and our work days have been incredibly long. The few days we took off in-between were reserved for resting and not blog-writing – I hope you understand ;). Now, with the weather being bad for a couple of days, I finally get the chance to catch up with some of your messages and also with writing a short piece for the blog again.
It seems like just a few days ago when I was telling you, that polar night has started and that we would not be seeing the Sun for eight weeks. Now, we are only a little less than a week away from our first sunrise. Around July 21st, if the weather permits, we will finally be able to see our shadows on the sea ice again and hopefully, also be able to soak up those first rays of light. We’re really looking forward to that.
It’s been quite dark for around four weeks now and during midday we barely have enough light to film for 2 hours – even with our specialized low light camera and ISO 10000. We did have a great run two weeks before polar night began, with many clear and incredibly cold days, but the most beautiful light one could imagine. We got great footage and really used every minute outside to the fullest. Coming back inside however, we could all feel that the short days, the lack of sunlight and the physical aspects of our work are taking their toll on us.