2010-05-13 -- Kuujjuaq to Kangerlussuaq

Just a travel day, although one with a reasonalby exotic origin and destination (not that either are interesting, mind).


Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 35.0 mm; 1/160 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100
On the way to breakfast (at 7:30am, at ~40 degrees F), another slice of life in Kuujjuaq.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II at 16.0 mm; 1/50 sec, f/8.0, ISO 400
After breakfast, waiting for the airport shuttle (a retired school bus) in the hotel lobby.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 35.0 mm; 1/1000 sec, f/8.0, ISO 400
Overnight, C-GNRB Nunavik Rotors landed and parked next to us.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 35.0 mm; 1/640 sec, f/8.0, ISO 400
The first of three ocean crossings; I become gumby. Entirely not comfortable, smells like foam, tough to get in to and out of, and difficult to zip up -- which is why it is on only half way.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II at 16.0 mm; 1/160 sec, f/6.4, ISO 400
A bit crowded here. Steve and Al up front, Judy and me in the back. That's my arm in the lower left corner, and my chest in the lower right. The raft is the yellow thing my foot is on, just before our storage chests.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 35.0 mm; 1/1000 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100
The Kuujjuaq airport. The main (I'm guessing) runway is horizontal.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 50.0 mm; 1/1600 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100
The runway and a bit of the town of Kuujjuaq. Trust me, there isn't much more to the town....



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 105.0 mm; 1/1600 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100
...but, bits are cheap, so I'll thow in a picture of the whole town of Kuujjuaq.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 105.0 mm; 1/2000 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100
Ice just upon crossing into the ocean. No sense of scale here, but the big one are probably pretty big as we're about six miles in the sky.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM at 70.0 mm; 1/200 sec, f/14.1, ISO 100
Greenland is.....very white.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM at 110.0 mm; 1/200 sec, f/14.1, ISO 100



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM at 75.0 mm; 1/200 sec, f/14.1, ISO 100



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II at 16.0 mm; 1/200 sec, f/12.9, ISO 100
No, nothing dangerous about this trip. I just can't count how many places there are to safely land. Frigid water with icebergs, then snowy windy mountains.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II at 16.0 mm; 1/400 sec, f/12.9, ISO 100
See above, re: safe.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM at 70.0 mm; 1/320 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100
There is a bit of a story to this terrible picture. Due to a controller malfunction, we had to make two missed approaches before landing. It seems the controller allowed a US Air National Guard (New York, IIRC) C-130 to taxi back on the runway when we were on short final (missed #1) THEN allowed him to turn around and take off (missed #2). I got the whole thing on video (sadly no audio), but, for now, all you get is this crummy picture when we finally landed on attempt #3.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/800 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100
N850SJ at Kangerlussuaq.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 95.0 mm; 1/50 sec, f/14.1, ISO 100
Renee pulling the dry suit off of Jeffrey.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM at 182.0 mm; 1/50 sec, f/14.1, ISO 100
Here's the tail of the plane we think caused our misapproaches. Tail number 30491.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM at 120.0 mm; 1/125 sec, f/14.1, ISO 100
Inukshuk Chunks. I liked the packaging, and they were tasty too.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/60 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100
The 'town' of Kangerlussuaq. Not much more than an airport. It used to be a US Air Force base, which "explained" a lot of things.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 67.0 mm; 1/200 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100
Another view of the 'town' of Kangerlussuaq. The runway is just barely visable -- and only a small sliver -- below the water on the left side. The hotel is the gray building in the middle of the picture, right above the dark blue buildings.

The hotel is funny; it's a five or six storey building spread out into a two storey building. Even the room numbers claim four storeys (room 4003, 3003, etc).



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 45.0 mm; 1/500 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100
Wreckage from an Air Force crash in the 50s or 60s. Amazing that nobody has picked it up yet -- it's right next to the road -- or that it hasn't been noticably affected by the (lack of) weather.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/400 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100
Steve and Steve at the glacier.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 88.0 mm; 1/320 sec, f/11.3, ISO 400
The square boulder.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/320 sec, f/11.3, ISO 400
The square boulder again.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L at 24.0 mm; 1/500 sec, f/11.3, ISO 400
Not sure what plant this is. Red mossy-like stuff, but thin.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L at 24.0 mm; 1/500 sec, f/11.3, ISO 400
Very cold Air Journeyers, enjoying coffee, tea and chocolate.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM at 200.0 mm; 1/1600 sec, f/11.3, ISO 400
There was life here, however. A small black bird perched on top of the glacier.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM at 142.0 mm; 1/400 sec, f/11.3, ISO 400
Waiting to go back to warmth. The van was four wheel drive, and had large and wide tires on it. About a fourth of the trip here was 'off road' but 'on trail'. Not that 'on road' was any better.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM at 200.0 mm; 1/640 sec, f/11.3, ISO 400
There were a couple of large piles of stones here. Not sure what they symbolize or memoralize. (The speck is not a bird, just a bit of something on the polarizer, oops.)



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L at 24.0 mm; 1/1250 sec, f/11.3, ISO 400
More of the red mossy like stuff.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 99.0 mm; 1/1250 sec, f/5.7, ISO 1600
The Kangerlussuaq runway, with the four Air Journey planes and an extra Twin Commander.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/20 sec, f/4.0, ISO 500
This boring ugly picture is here only so I can point out that it NEVER GOT DARK. This was taken at 11pm local time. Although you can do all sorts of trickery with long exposure times, this is what it really looked like.

It is surprisingly difficult to be losing one to three hours a day, AND having no indication that it is now "night". Even though I was tired, the morning-looking light made it difficult to disengage enough to go to bed (instead of working on this stupid web site). Once in bed, with the curtains drawn (not that it helped much) and eyes covered I was asleep in five minutes.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/6 sec, f/4.0, ISO 3200
If you don't believe the last picture had no trickery, I guess here is another picture you can also not believe has no trickery. This is what the hotel room looked like, without flash and no lights on, at 11pm at night.

Don't believe? Go grab your camera, set it for ISO 3200, f/4 and 1/6 sec exposure and go take your own damn picture inside a room.



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