A quick overview of our picture searcher is
- To search for the picture you require, choose the appropriate
keywords, the search option, press enter or start search
and matching pictures will be displayed.
- The picture searcher will display all the pictures that match
the keywords and search options. These are displayed in groups
- The captions for each picture can be obtained by holding the
mouse over the picture.
- If you have selected the search option to search the full picture
list, some of the pictures may not have thumbnails. When this
happens the caption is shown instead.
- For each thumbnails there is a larger image available. Click
on the thumbnail see the previews.
- Select any pictures that might be of interest as a preliminary
- Selected pictures are held in "lightboxes". You start
with a lightbox called Main. You can add additional lightboxes
at any time. Pictures can be moved between lightboxes. This can
be useful when making the final selection as you can sort the
pictures into groups before making the final decision.
- Additional keyword searches can be performed at any time. It
is more efficient to work with the lightboxes closed, but this
is only a matter of speed, If you are on a fast connection you
may prefer to keep them open.
- The lightboxes are shown in separate windows which can be displayed
- Pictures can be discarded into a special light box called "Discards".
The Discards box can be viewed at any time and pictures recovered
back to one of your lightboxes
Having selected the pictures you want you can send an e-mail request
to the photographer, ordering the picture. Telephone if you are
in a hurry.
All the information about your current search such
as the number and names of your lightboxes and the pictures they
hold are stored in an internet "cookie". This continues
to exist after you end the session. Unless you delete it this cookie
it is available when you return to the picture searcher. This means
you start the session with the same lightboxes you finished the
previous one with. You are given the option of continuing the search
or starting afresh.
All images on display are protected by European copyright law.
Rights to reproduce these images may only be acquired from the photographer.
They may not be used, copied, transmitted or reproduced in whole
or in part in any form nor may they or any part of them be stored
in a retrieval system of any nature without written permission the
photographer. Photographs may not be linked to or used on any other
Each of our images is protected by copyright of the individual
photographer, (who have allowed us to use the blanket copyright
of © www.thepolarcircle.com as a watermark) and cannot be used in
any way without permission. Pictures on this site represent only
a tiny fraction of our individual image collections. Without registering,
you may search for images on this site, see small thumbnails and
previews, even use the lightboxes and order pictures. Please read
contact us and we can do the research
The keyword search criteria is NOT case sensitive, so you can use
or not use capital letters as you wish. Type in keyword(s)
to describe the type of image you are seeking. If you type in two
or more keywords you can choose whether your search will return
images with all the words (the default) or any of the keywords.
In addition it is possible to group words using double quotes (").
Some keywords come in groups of two or more words (e.g., "reindeer
herder" will return images that are only reindeer herders).
If you use just one keyword, such as reindeer, you are likely to
get many images. Using more than one keyword will help to narrow
Using the search option of 'all the words' will only offer you
pictures that contain all the keywords, so inuk building igloo will
give you just that, an inuk building an igloo, using the search
option of any of the words will offer you all the pictures with
the word, inuk, building or igloo in them, so could include birds
building their nests and an inuk in his kayak!
If you clear the check box "Only show pictures for which there
is a thumbnail" it will search ALL our pictures. As there
may well be pictures for which we currently have no scans you will
see the caption rather than the thumbnail. However, it is a good
way to check if we have more obscure subjects such as plankton on
the underside of sea ice or pictures of reindeer feet.
We have designed the search order to always display the scans most
recently loaded, this ensures that you will always see the most
recent additions first.
At any moment one of the lightboxes is "active". By this
we mean that it is the target for any activity you are carrying
out on the other lightboxes. For example, when looking at the results
of a search the "Add to Lightbox" button will add the
picture to the active lightbox. The first active lightbox is called
Main but you may choose any of your other lightboxes instead. You
can open, name and add to as many lightboxes as you wish whilst
using the main Polar Search window or the Lightbox Manager window.
You can only add to the lightbox you have designated as active,
the name of the active lightbox is displayed at the bottom of each
Pictures may be moved from any lightbox into the active lightbox,
you will find your own way of working with them. Separate lightboxes
can be used to select pictures for different projects or chapters
in a book.Pictures can be discarded from a lightbox into a special
Discards Lightbox. This gives you the opportunity to change your
mind and retrieve them back to the currently active lightbox. You
can also empty lightboxes and even throw them away.
When you have finished work for the day you can close down our
site knowing that providing you do not delete the cookie to our
site from your computer, the pictures you have stored on the lightboxes
will still be there next time you visit us. When the job is complete
you can email your picture selection to us.
Because the contents of the lightboxes are stored in a cookie there
is a limited amount of space, when this space is almost filled you
will be warned that if you wish to continue adding pictures you
will need to forfeit the captions, without captions you can store
over 100 pictures in your lightboxes. If you need to see the captions
there is a button available to view them but they will only remain
with that lightbox until it is next refreshed.
If you would prefer that we searched our files for the pictures
you require then please email us or use the contact details below.
If you have any questions about using this site, if
you have experienced problems with the site or would like more information,
please contact us at:
The Polar Circle
c/o Bryan & Cherry Alexander Photography
Higher Cottage, Manston,
Sturminster Newton, Dorset DT10 1EZ.