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| p.1 #11 · Going to Greenland: super cold weather advice? |
great points guys!
Sunglasses! Don't forget them! Snow blindness is no joke.
Yes, sunglasses are on the list!
With this weather what you are doing sevearly changes how you want to be dressed. The more you move the less you want to have on and the less you move the more you want to have on.
I am aware of this, we will be getting a special jacket for when we are outdoors and we got a list of recommemded clothes to bring.
Good advice so far.
I would say that if you have not encountered seriously negative temperatures before your biggest challenge may relate to YOU, not to the camera. Breathing can be difficult when it gets that cold (especially if you have asthma) and your extremities can get very cold very fast (that includes your nose). I would say dress warm, wear hats and gloves, use lip cream and beware glasses freezing to your nose (seriously).
For the camera i have one thing to add to the condensation and cold battery advice - be careful wiping snow/ice from lenses. At these temperatures snow can be quite hard, so think of it as more like grit and less like water.
Good point, I have never been at temperatures below -15║C, but I hope I will be fine, I have no asthma and I will be bringing a ski mask to warm my face, a hat and gloves, on top of all the other thermal clothes.
Good advice on how to wipe the lenses, I didn┤t even thought of that before.
Take a golf club and some balls with you. Tee it up and smack it. Then you can tell everyone you meet that you played golf north of the Artic circle. Plus if you are on an ice pack the ball will bounce forever.
I went there once in the airforce and that's my claim to fame.
hahaha, nice one, but I don┤t play golf :P
When is the trip? Do you realize there is no sunrise this time of year at Thule? It never comes up. Determine what the outdoor shooting options might be for when ever you are going, and consider skipping on the 100-400 zoom unless you know you will need it. Besides for your cameras, I would say that you also want plenty of batteries for your flash, and you may want to consider buying or borrowing a second Canon flash, because you may need it for both indoors and some of out doors. A second flash gives you two bodies with flash, or a backup flash if one dies, or two flashes for off camera flash lighting.
You did not mention a tripod, and it can be very helpful for low light or night shots outdoors, even if you are shooting people with flash. You can expose the background longer and keep it sharp with a tripod, and still fill flash the forground or people with the short flash duration.
The trip is late February, the band was invited to play at the Festival of the first light (or something along those lines). I┤ve seen pictures from the band that was there last year, I know there will be sun and -apparently- if weather allows it, we will be going out to see polar bears. I am not sure about this, but I think I better be prepared, that┤s why I am bringing the 100-400. I do have 2 430s and I will be bringing extra batteries for them. Tripod and monopod are on the list