The largest ever iceberg break-up has been filmed by National Geographic photographer James Balog for his documentary Chasing Ice,and was recorded on Nikon D200s. Twenty-seven of them to be exact!
Balog and his team have so far spent years filming time-lapses of glaciers by positioning the cameras – which are solar-powered – in front of 18 glaciers around the world, capturing 8,000 frames of time-lapse footage each year. These cameras are checked on, and the images uploaded only once a year!
Due to the harsh weather conditions, Balog has resorted to custom-making some of his equipment in order for it to withstand the environment. As well as the twenty-seven Nikons, the kit for the project includes solar panels, batteries, heavy-duty tripods, waterproof cases, and wind-proof anchors.
The documentary itself documents the work of the Extreme Ice Survey, which is in place to report on climate change in the Arctic regions. The recent footage records what Balog has described as the largest iceberg carving ever filmed. His team were able to record 7.4 cubic km of ice crashing of the Ilulissat glacier in Greenland. One of the team members described this as like watching “Manhattan breaking apart in front of your eyes”.