enchanted afternoon [deleted] 3:24pm, 4 January 2009
I'm just wondering if a lot of fellow Duluthian's brave the frigid weather and setup tripods for the perfect winter shot when it's 0° F or are a lot of you like me and run around like a headless chicken "tripod-less"?
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K. Praslowicz Posted 9 years ago. Edited by K. Praslowicz (admin) 9 years ago
I've shot handheld in -40, and tri-podded in near 100, and vice versa Its mostly about the light & shooting mentality that dictatesif I use one or not.
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HBRstudios Posted 9 years ago. Edited by HBRstudios (admin) 9 years ago
I am not the only one in this group that take the tripod with when it is 15 below or colder.
enchanted afternoon [deleted] 9 years ago
Oooo Eeee! That's bravin' it. Maybe I need to start using better gloves. My flannel lined pants help tremendously.
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Karl W. 9 years ago
I attempted the other day, but froze after 3 shots and said screw it.
enchanted afternoon [deleted] 9 years ago
Good. I'm not the only wimp! By the way...this is my third break from shoveling my driveway.
hypnotic month [deleted] 9 years ago
Tripod or not, wear gloves! The other day when I was taking that photo of the winter sun over the ice of the lake, I almost froze my fingers off...seriously. Like, agonizing pain in my fingers after I got back in my Jeep and my hands started warming. Apparently, this is not a good thing. Gloves. Just sayin'.
enchanted afternoon [deleted] 9 years ago
Brynn, you bring up a question I've also been wondering.....
I'm afraid of major temperature changes to the camera such as when you walk inside your house after shoveling and your eye glasses fog up from condensation. I know this cannot be good for the camera. How does everyone battle this extreme temperature differences from shooting outside for a long time (or brief in my case)?
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JustinSinks 9 years ago
You need a plastic bag to put your camera in before you take it from extreme cold to a warm car or home. Just make sure the bag seals well. I use a waterproof bag you can get at an outdoor store.

And a tip! Make sure you take your memory card out before you put it in the bag, if you are as impatient as i am.
enchanted afternoon [deleted] 9 years ago
GREAT IDEA Sharksurfer!
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I shoot often in freezing temperatures and I always have a tripod with.
Captain Campion 9 years ago
see this is the beauty of having a cheap pawn-shop camera ... i leave it in the car all the time and don't worry (though i am sure that is not good for it) i figure if something goes crazy w/ it or the film it will probably be an improvement on my photos! LOL!

But i do agree w/ Brynn ... Bring them gloves folks!
jay1441 PRO 9 years ago
I just dress for the weather, and a tripod actually makes it easier because you don't have to hold anything when setting up shots.

I just take the camera in, let it warm up and de-condensate itself before I shoot. I haven't had issues but don't really know if this is right or not.
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Hambone Lewinski 9 years ago
I don't take any precautions when shooting in the bitter cold. Also, I have no respect for my gear.

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enchanted afternoon [deleted] Posted 9 years ago. Edited by enchanted afternoon (member) 9 years ago
Shawn T.: That's crazy! But, you probably have a ton of great winter scenes. I'm going to look right now....yup, you do.

Captain Campion: So that's the trick to good photos.

Jay1441: I suppose if you think to setup a tripod before-hand and don't try and set it up outside like me (I'm a fool most of the time).

Lewinski: ......ha!
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HBRstudios 9 years ago
As far as gloves go, try a pair of neoprene fishing gloves ($16 or less from Northwest Outlet in Superior) and a pair of choppers. I can operate all of my setttings with mine for about 15 minutes at -15 or so, then they go back into the choppers and warm back up to normal quickly.

ditto on the equipment handling -- leave it in a closed bag (I use my camera bag) to warm up slowly to avoid condensation, especially on the inside of body and lenses.
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I have learned that if it looks too cold, too wet, too foggy, too overcast, etc... it is a good idea to go out and shoot. More often than not, bad weather makes for great photography.
enchanted afternoon [deleted] 9 years ago
The choppers sound like an intelligent idea. And you have a great philosophy Shawn. I think I'm going to man up around here and start shooting outside more.
hypnotic month [deleted] 9 years ago
...alternatively, you could stay home in your slippers and take pictures of your food. (photography+good food+warmth)-cold = happiness.
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HBRstudios 9 years ago
LOL -- those are for the 40 below days with the wind chill dropping to below -60.
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JustinSinks 9 years ago
Does your camera even work in those temp HBR? I find that when it gets that cold, my digi screens freeze and shut off....
enchanted afternoon [deleted] Posted 9 years ago. Edited by enchanted afternoon (member) 9 years ago
Brynn...while your at home shooting those perfect food shots that I can't get right for the life of me, I'm out freezing my ass off tonight trying to get good shots of Duluth. I can't get those right either. Check out my recent DPG picture for the pool titled., "Duluth Boardwalk At Night" and you'll know what I mean. ~ I actually set up a tripod tonight too.
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HBRstudios 9 years ago
I have been out with a dSLR at -25 without issues, but who knows how long it would stay that way.
Captain Campion 9 years ago
see if i am left at home to keep warm to shoot i end up drinking more than coco and well ... let's just say i have several "good" photos to post here to show you the end results of me staying in ... lol ... on another note Jenn and i ended up at Brighton yesterday morning ... the sun was great but after all the talk of gloves on here guess who managed to forget thiers ... yep one pair betwinx us .... i was the good boi and let her have them ... i thinks my fingers are still numb ... lol
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Hambone Lewinski 9 years ago
My trick is to toss my camera into the oven for about 1/2 hour, at 350 on a pan lightly covered in olive oil right before I go out shooting.

Jason
hypnotic month [deleted] 9 years ago
mmmm....food photography. Get a shot of that.
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N. Lindstrom Photo 9 years ago
Set it and forget it.
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I frequently use my Ron Popeil camera. It works great.
enchanted afternoon [deleted] 9 years ago
Speaking of food...Brynn, I've noticed you haven't uploaded anymore pictures lately (unless you have and I'm just stupid). I can't wait to see what's next.
hypnotic month [deleted] 9 years ago
Jason From Duluth: delivered!
enchanted afternoon [deleted] 9 years ago
Thank You! Finally!
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