News article on Adventure Expedition One

Thank you to Brittany Woolsey of the Del Mar Times for the article on Adventure Expedition One.

The post News article on Adventure Expe…

Thank you to Brittany Woolsey of the Del Mar Times for the article on Adventure Expedition One.

Adventure Expedition One

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Radio Interview KID-AM

Thank you to Neal Larson of KID-AM and FM out of Idaho Falls for the radio interview earlier this week. We talked about the Idaho Total Eclipse Guide. This book is the only guide dedicated to Idaho for the total eclipse on August 21, 2017.

Neal has hosted KID’s morning show for some time. He brings information, education, and entertainment to eastern Idaho. The morning show has the latest news and updates from around Idaho and across the country.

Listen to the radio interview in this Youtube video. You will learn more about the eclipse over Idaho, like how to be safe, where to go, and other viewing and photography tips.

The radio station plays on AM-590, FM-92.1, and FM-106.3.

Aaron on KHOL

Radio interviewAaron on KHOL

Both myself and Thomas Macker from the Art Association were featured this morning on Jackson Hole KHOL 89.1 radio. Brielle hosted both of us to talk about the 4th Teton Photography Symposium.

For the spring Teton Photography Group program, we’re covering photographic composition. It’s the most important aspect of photography, well ahead of exposure and basic camera management. If you don’t know where and how to point your camera, all of the exposure controls in the world won’t help you.

We’re bringing in several professional photographers and artists for this one. Attendees will enjoy speeches from:

Teton Photography Group Symposium Presenters

  • Heather Erson
  • David Agnello
  • Ed Lavino
  • Chase Dekker
  • Roger Hayden
  • Thomas Macker
  • Richard Tambor

Each of these speakers brings their own photographic and artistic genre to life. Each is special in their own way, sharing their knowledge with the audience. They’re all worth listening to, as how they view the world will help you better view yours.

The symposium is on Mar 14, 2015, from 830am to 315pm at the Black Box Theater in the Center for the Arts.

Come, enjoy, learn and ask questions. I know I will!

Aaron Radio Interview

Listen to the radio interview here:


Thanks to Kelly for recording this for me in her Toyota FJ (hence the tin can sound).


The Lion in Winter

DSC_D8_10355The Jackson Hole Off Square Theater Company contacted me to photograph their staged reading of The Lion in Winter, a 1966 play by James Goldman about Henry II of England, Eleanor of Aquitaine, and their children (include Richard the Lionheart) during the Christmas of 1183.

The play was made into a movie in 1968 featuring Peter O’Toole and Katherine Hepburn. It was also made into a television show in DSC_D8_103382003 with Patrick Stewart and Glenn Close. Though those actors are gone, the actors who played in this rendition directed by Natalia Macker, went well and was quite enjoyable.

DSC_D8_10505Presented in two parts, the play relates the trials and tribulations of the medieval era and illustrates how people have not changed in 1000 years. The intrigues, devious nature, and constant infighting are no different today than they were at any other time in history.

DSC_D8_10509Given the play was presented as a staged reading, I at first thought it wouldn’t be too interesting but I was quite wrong. Even though the actors held their scripts to read from, they did such a good job of interacting with each other and making the reading dramatic that them holding their scripts didn’t take away from the action at all.

DSC_D8_10521One interesting technique that the play used was a narrator at the side of the stage to give audible cues to the audience for actions that would have required more props and action than the play afforded. Whether it be Henry drawing a sword on John or Eleanor cutting herself with a knife, the lack of props didn’t detracted from the play.

DSC_D8_10527One of the best parts of photographing on a stage with the lighting is that I don’t have to add any drama to the image, I just have to capture it at the correct moment. So often lighting in things can be bland, so I work hard to add great lighting to give dimension and emotion to the image.

DSC_D8_10218It’s important for me to deliver dramatic images to my clients to give them the feeling of a moment which would be lost otherwise with boring lighting. It’s not the camera that makes the photographer better but rather a sense of timing and ability to manipulate lighting to make the image striking and exciting. And if you can’t change the lighting, then finding a place that makes the image good and the lighting workable is just as important. When I teach photography, I impart in students that it’s important to work the image. With digital photography, you can see what you’re getting, so you can keep adjusting and get the image just right.

For those more interested in learning some of my lighting techniques, check out my training DVD Flash Photography with Aaron Linsdau at TVL Video.

“A pathetic voyage”

It’s interesting to read post-mortems about my Antarctica expedition; from

Explorapoles commentary


This young San Diego resident, Aaron Linsdau (38), wanted to become the first American to complete, solo and without any means of assistances (no kites), the classical Hercules Inlet -> South Pole trek – 1 450 miles trip. [actually about 700mi]

Aaron Linsdau (a Carlsbad software engineer) has attempted to be the first American to ski solo and unsupported from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole and back. But after the worst voyage ever (he had encountered almost evevry setback possible), he made it to the SP [South Pole] but had to give up the idea of the return trip. Consequently, one may say that it was an abandon. And that his expedition is not a successfull one.

See here his pathetic voyage (his daily blog, about 40 pages)

The commentary at the end, about being abandoned and not successful are definitely correct!  I was not successful at completing a round trip.  In fact, I was successful at spending the most time ever getting to the SP.  And I enjoyed every minute of it, no matter how brutal it was.  Originally the expedition was listed as abandoned, suggesting that it was packed in and sent home.  Quite the contrary!

From Explorapoles description of my daily blog:

Here is the daily blog written by American Aaron Lindsau during his voyage : he seems to have endured almost every setback and difficulty possible (coldest temperatures, highest sastrugis, dirtiest snow, strongest winds, worst weather, he had problems with alsmost every part of his equipment, etc.) during his pathetic march to the SP.

As some hold the speed record, he seems to be (on this distance and itinerary at least) the slowest trekker ever. Be ready anyway to read 40 pages of a pathetic voyage.

When you look at it in the high performance perspective, then yes, it was a pathetic attempt.  However, I did not give up.  When that much goes wrong, how many remain in the hunt?

Pathetic Blog
Dramatic and pathetic Blog

Yes, I was not able to make a round trip out of it.  I didn’t plan to kite back, I just planned to ski back.  Slowly learning what others have done, I can see that it was crazy to try something so big for a first major expedition.  Every advantage to overcome every problem I encountered was used.  And, in the end, some things helped and others actually hindered me.

When I read Explorapoles description of the expedition as pathetic, I just had to laugh at myself out loud.  A crippling lung infection, wild conditions, and a stunning list of gear failures made the trek that much more memorable.  As I learned from another explorer this past year, I feel much better to have failed in the trip goal under the worst conditions rather than making it under the easiest conditions.  It’s difficult to explain this and I hope to clarify this more in my book, Antarctic Tears, planned for release at the end of this year.

The Adventure Blog

The Adventure Blog provided amazing coverage of my Antarctic expedition, more so than

Adventure Blog Entry
Adventure Blog Entry

even my personal satellite phone blog.

Here is a listing of all the blog entries in part featuring what was happening to me while I was in Antarctica.

It’s been surprising how many people actually followed my expedition.  I met a den mother from Cub Scout Pack 866 from Imperial Beach who followed my Antarctic travel.  Over the time I’ve been in San Diego, so many people I never even thought would tune in actually did.  Not that I’m complaining!  The more people interested in the expedition, the more fun it is!  Hopefully people learned a little about Antarctica and also how to keep going in the face of adversity.

There’s a Japanese saying, “Nana korobi ya oki”.  Literally, Fall down 7 times get up 8. This ended up becoming one of the expedition experiences and now is a centerpiece of my speaking events.  It’s pretty easy to say.  But, when you’re out there on your hands and knees, hiding from -80 degree windchill conditions, it’s much more difficult to make happen.

More on this in another post…

Union Tribune column

Thank you very much to Tom Pfingsten at the Union Tribune in San Diego for

UT article follow-up
UT article follow-up

the follow-up column on my Antarctica Expedition.  I had the pleasure of meeting Tom when I was living in Carlsbad.  He came down and did a photo shoot and interview of me while I was towing my tire around the neighborhood.

Now that the Union Tribune purchased the Californian and the North County Times, hopefully there will be much better coverage of all of San Diego and south Riverside County (Temecula et. al.).

Jackson Hole News and Guide Article

Thank you to Miller Resor at the Jackson Hole News and Guide for the

Jackson Hole News and Guide, Feb 20, 2013
Jackson Hole News and Guide, Feb 20, 2013

follow-up article on my expedition!  The article was posted February 20, 2013.  Click on the photo to the right to read the full article.

Also, Miller plays for the Jackson Hole Moose, the local hockey team.