Wrangel Island, Russian Arctic.

This summer ’s voyage was in the Russian Arctic, to Wrangel Island which sits at the border of the East Siberian and Chukchi Seas (all part of the Arctic Ocean). It was a first time here for most of us and certainly for all the passenger group. Beforehand I had mixed feelings about travelling through Russian territory, but there was no need to worry. 

Although my focus is landscape, working with keen wildlife photographers on several of these trips has taught me a wider and freer approach, especially technically. Hand-holding is essential for much of the time specially on the ship or during Zodiac (rigid inflatable boat) cruising.

As well as the awe-inspiring wildlife the voyage offered opportunities to photograph derelict and abandoned research sites, and also Chukchi hut dwellings and gathering places that were once busy with people. These places are atmospheric and poignant, and speak volumes for the harshness of the Arctic.
The colours during this period could scarcely be believed.

  • Dereliction Wrangel Island

    Joe Cornish

    Dereliction Wrangel Island

    Sony A7rII; Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 G-Master @ 24mm 1/20 sec; f/11; ISO100
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  • Floe crossing Polar Bear

    Joe Cornish

    Floe crossing Polar Bear

    Sony A7rII; Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 G-Master @ 70mm 1/800 sec; f/8; ISO 160
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  • Musk Ox Skull

    Joe Cornish

    Musk Ox Skull

    Sony A7rII; Sony FE 70-300mm f/4.5 - 5.6 G OSS @ 93mm 1/15 sec; f/13; ISO 100
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  • Polar Bear Herald Island

    Joe Cornish

    Polar Bear Herald Island

    Sony A7rII; Sony FE 70-300mm f/4.5 - 5.6 G OSS @ 148mm 1/1000 sec; f/7.1; ISO 800
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  • Polar Bear Mother and Cubs

    Joe Cornish

    Polar Bear Mother and Cubs

    Sony A7rII; Sony FE 70-300mm f/4.5 - 5.6 G OSS @ 300mm 1/1250 sec; f/8; ISO 250
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  • Polar Bear reflecting on existence

    Joe Cornish

    Polar Bear reflecting on existence

    Sony A7rII; Sony FE 70-300mm f/4.5 - 5.6 G OSS @ 300mm 1/400 sec; f/8; ISO 200
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  • Russian scientists quarters Wrangel Island

    Joe Cornish

    Russian scientists quarters Wrangel Island

    Sony A7rII; Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 G-Master @ 24mm 8 secs; f/11; ISO 100
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  • Sea Ice calm seas off Wrangel Island

    Joe Cornish

    Sea Ice calm seas off Wrangel Island

    Sony A7rII; Sony FE 70-300mm f/4.5 - 5.6 G OSS @ 265mm 1/1000 sec; f/7.1; ISO 1000
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  • Sea Ice Midnight

    Joe Cornish

    Sea Ice Midnight

    Sony A7rII; Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 G-Master @ 70mm 1/100 sec; f/5; ISO 400
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  • Walrus Gathering

    Joe Cornish

    Walrus Gathering

    Sony A7rII; Sony FE 70-300mm f/4.5 - 5.6 G OSS @ 300mm 1/1250 sec; f/7.1; ISO 320
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Joe Cornish

Joe Cornish

"Photography is simply the greatest job in the world. It expands and deepens how we see the world. What else can do that?"

Although adventurous and experimental in matters of technique, Joe Cornish is a traditionalist and an advocate when it comes to his subject matter. Fascinated by the inter-relationships of everything in nature, his landscape images suggest a living force in everything he sees - be it organic, geological, elemental or man-made.

While his local area of North Yorkshire remains a source of inspiration, Joe has traveled widely in recent years, to Antarctica, the Arctic, the United States, and Iceland, as well as numerous visits to Scotland and Wales. Adopting the Sony α7R has allowed him to emulate a view camera technique using tilting adapters and legacy lenses, in a lighter and more maneuverable form. This has made mountain climbing and long hikes far more manageable while retaining the image quality and control advantages of large format.

Using such a small camera has been both a revelation in image quality and a revolution in working method. His gallery in North Yorkshire now includes a number of prints shot with the Sony α7R. 

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