Ross Sea. Cloud effect. 7pm

A view from port side of the upper deck, near the waist, looking through some running rigging for the foremast yards towards the open water of the Ross Sea. The sun is obscured by clouds, but is reflecting brightly on the water near the horizon. The port side lifeboat can be seen hanging in its davits outboard of the ship on the left of the photograph.

The print has a typed caption: 'Ross Sea. Could effect. 7 p.m. Jan. 2nd 1911.'

Scott noted in his diary for this day: 'It has been a glorious night followed by a glorious forenoon; the sun has been shining almost continuously...'

In his book 'Great White South', Ponting captions this photograph 'Midnight sun in the Ross Sea'. He wrote about the technicalities of making the photographs that include this one: 'The midnight sun was shining with such brilliance that I was able to make focal-plane photographic exposures with an aperture of F11, using a Zeiss Protar lens of 16 inches focus, with a K 3 colour screen in conjunction with an orthochromatic plate. with this combination I secured correctly exposed negatives, with my 7 x 5 reflex camera - such was the brilliancy of the light at midnight.' (page 58)

Object Details

ID: ALB1217.7
Type: Photographic print
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Ponting, Herbert George
Vessels: Terra Nova (1884)
Date made: 2 January 1911
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Overall: 118 mm x 164 mm
Parts: British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-13, covering the period 1910-11 (Photograph album)

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