"Blue Ice" by Alex Bernasconi – Award-winning nature photographer Alex Bernasconi's new book "Blue Ice" is a stunning set of wildlife and landscape images captured during an expedition to Antarctica. These king penguins were spotted at Salisbury Plain in South Georgia.
Elephant seal, St. Andrews Bay – "Elephant seals are massive and can be ill-tempered," says Bernasconi, so you need to approach them with caution. "It's important to never forget that wild animals can be unpredictable."
Glacier ice – Floating icebergs are made up of freshwater glacier ice, which was formed by falling into the interior of the Antarctic as snow. They can be hundreds of meters thick.
King penguin chicks, St. Andrews Bay – "Penguins are particularly curious and generally friendly, so very easy to deal with," says Bernasconi. "I often like to include the landscape in my wildlife images, so that the link is clear between them and their environment."
Elephant seal bull, St. Andrews Bay – In once close encounter, Bernasconi was charged by an elephant seal bull. "Even with knowledge and experience you can't be 100% sure of their reactions."
Arch near Paulet Island – An arch formed in an iceberg near Paulet Island, a dormant volcano that is popular for sightseeing due to its large penguin colony.
Albatross, New Island – "I always try to get as close as I can to any wildlife," Says Bernasconi. "I like to use the shortest lens possible, or take extreme close-ups with zoom lenses. As Robert Capa once said: 'If your pictures aren't good enough, you're not close enough.'"
March of the king penguins, Fortuna Bay – For landscape images, Bernasconi used filters to achieve the best possible in-camera exposure, and a sturdy carbon tripod with equipment to realize panorama shots.
Elephant seal bull and king penguins, St Andrews Bay – "I usually approach wildlife in such a way as to let them get used to my presence, lying still on the ground if possible," explains Bernasconi. "I wait until they start to behave naturally, like I wasn't there at all."
Chinstrap penguins, Southern Ocean – "I think we must try with all our force to make sure that our awesome natural world will be preserved for future generations," says Bernasconi.