In Frank's Icey Footsteps
| "Nothing can prepare you for the raw beauty of Antarctica. We were there in January 2002 to film the first part of a project about Frank Hurley, the renowned Australian Photographer and Cinematographer. I'd studied a good deal of Hurley's work an quickly saw why he had such a fascination for the place. It felt more like being on a different planet than another continent"
"After a week at sea on the ice ship, 'Sir Hubert Wilkins' owned by Dick Smith and the intrepid Don and Margie Macintyre, I was very keen to reach land. We spent most of our time at Commonwealth Bay where Mawson built his base. Several of the original buildings still stand, including the main hut. The interior contains food, their original boiler, magazines, bottles and furniture - all relatively untouched. Also inside is Hurley's darkroom with his chemicals and even roles of film. Scratched into a shelf are his words, 'Near enough is never good enough'. It sums the man up perfectly."
"I was keen to try out my new Miller HD Tripod in the rigors of Antarctica and I never had a problem. Despite the head and legs often being exposed to driving sub zero winds, they operated perfectly."
"We often had to walk several kilometres over the ice and couldn't afford the extra weight of a heavy tripod. The Miller HD was light enough to carry distances and yet was more than sufficient for the camera with my 600mm lens. The carbon fibre legs were very strong and withstood being knocked about on rocks and ice."