Perhaps the most famous iceberg is the one that felled the mighty unsinkable Titanic in 1912. Icebergs are large pieces of free floating ice that have broken off a larger glacier. The white tips of an iceberg is only about 10% of the entire thing. 90% of an iceberg sits under the surface of the water. It is a rare phenomena to see an inverted iceberg – where the translucent underside is sitting on the surface of the water, but Alex Cornell was able to capture it on a recent trip to Antarctica.

Photographer and filmmaker Alex Cornell’s video on what he thinks is the perfect travel rig was recently featured in this article: TRAVELING LIGHT: THE PERFECT RIG FOR PHOTO & VIDEO IN EXTREME LOCATIONS. While on a vacation 2 years in the making with his family in Antarctica, Alex had his camera to document the family memories created on this trip. Bringing a Canon 5D Mark II and also the Canon 1D C for land photography and video, Alex happened upon an inverted iceberg.


Inverted icebergs are dangerous as they can flip back without warning and so Alex got as close as safely possible with his 5DMKII and a Canon 16-35mm lens. Being at the right place at the right time with some good equipment, he was able to capture this spectacular demonstration of nature’s beauty.

Alex told us a little about the conditions of his trip,

It was summer when I visited Antarctica, so the conditions weren’t as bad as you might expect. It was typically a very dry 30 degrees. I never had any problems with condensation returning onto the warm ship. The most difficult part was probably eye strain from working in the extreme sunlight. I wore a baclava to prevent sunburn which was also a big concern. I found Hestra ski gloves to be the best combination of warmth and dexterity manipulating the camera. The 1DC battery is an absolute beast — I never had any problems with battery drain — I can’t imagine bringing a dinky little A7s onto the ice and expecting it to last.

Also a part of his rig was a Lowepro Paratactic 450 bag and a Gitzo Traveler tripod. He used an Ikan monitor on land to get exposure while shooting video as the sunlight made it difficult to read the LCD.

Watch the behind the scenes video below:

Here are more of Alex’s gorgeous vacation photos:

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Alex has a production company in San Francisco called Moonbase and works on many interesting projects such as his current favorite, an on-demand drone video and website  which is a great combination of design, video and copywriting. You can see more of Alex Cornell’s work on his main site, his Twitter, and his Instagram.

CREDITS : Photographs by Alex Cornell have been used with permission for SLR Lounge. Do not copy, modify or re-post this article or images without express permission from SLR Lounge and the artist.