Captain Oliver Marien

Captain Olivier Marien on the bridge of L'Austral

On the 15th of December 2015 we boarded the PONANT Expedition Ship L'Austral for a 16 night expedition cruise called the "Austral Loop'. Sailing from the town at the End of the World, Ushuaia we visited the Falkland, South Georgia, South Sandwich Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. My role, aside from enjoying the amazing views, wildlife and icebergs, was to shoot 360˚ panoramas that PONANT would use to populate Google Maps.

The Captain, Crew, Photographers and Expedition Team couldn't have been more welcoming and accepting of our presence during the cruise. We had the opportunity to join the expedition team every morning as they set out to check locations for suitability and had almost unrestricted access to the bridge.

The Captain was more than happy for me to shoot from the deck in front of the bridge and I was happy to have the opportunity to shoot a 360˚ panorama of him in what is his office.

The 360˚ Panorama was shot on a Canon EOS 6D, 8-15mm Canon Fisheye Zoom lens, 6 images around and 1 up, 1/100 second at f8 on a Nodal Ninja rotator. The 7 images were stitched using PTGui, and published through Pano2VR.