Orcas and Ice is a result of a short dash into northern Norway to photograph orcas. As warm weather mammals we had a little trepidation about our ability to manage the cold, both on land and under the water. Fortunately with good polar gear, discomfort was only transient. Exquisitely, our arrival heralded the season’s first polar night where the sun does not climb above the horizon at 70 degrees north.
It is an understatement to say conditions for underwater photography were difficult. Visibility was low in these highly productive waters. Incident light was negligible and challenging for the camera’s autofocus. Despite the impediments, meeting these supremely confident alpha predators in their home territory was an unalloyed privilege. We hope the images speak for themselves. We were captivated by the stark beauty of the fjords and the majesty of the orcas.
Chapters include underwater and surface orca images and the orcas’ engagement with the herring fleet. It was also impossible to omit the craggy magnificence of the fjords and the pulsing green swirls of the Aurora borealis.