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Lords of the Ice Photograph by David McLain
Even after butchering a walrus, Gedion Kristiansen's polar-bear pants remain nearly spotless. Such is the precision of a Greenland hunter wielding his tools—especially an ax, a flensing knife, or a harpoon. Over the centuries Greenlanders have passed down the survival techniques that Kristiansen and his four fellow hunters use as they travel across the frozen sea along northern Greenland's coastline during a spring hunt. Their ancestors have prepared them for almost every contingency except the one they face now—the apparent melting of the sea ice, which is the prime hunting ground for the game on which their families survive.
Camera: Canon EOS 1N Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia Lens: 35mm Speed and F-Stop: 1/2000 @ f/2.8
Weather Conditions: Clear and -25ºF (-32ºC) Time of Day: High noon Lighting Techniques: Available light Special Equipment or Comments: I used chemical hand warmers inside my oversize down mittens. These were key to making this image happen.