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Re: Going to Greenland: super cold weather advice?


Cold weather shooting does have it's challenges. I've seen lots of camera failures (including my own with 1D series bodies) in my limited experience which is only 2 weeks a year in sub-zero temps. If you are shooting outdoors, I'd put gear inside of a dry bag or garbage bag before entering warm lodges or heated vehicles. Use heat warmers inside your pockets to keep batteries warm. Put rubber bumpers on your shutter button so that you can feel it with gloves on. I also recommend finding some zippered mitts to wear over your gloves which allows you to shoot with your trigger finger while keeping your hands and other fingers warm. For instance, I normally use Swany's Artic Mitts when photographing polar bear cubs.

http://www.snowshack.com/product_detail.asp?T1=SNW+SW-40256+XL&trk_src_ss=SNWFGS99WEBPAYPC&kw=%7Bkeyword%7D

The nice part is that you can slip your entire hand in/out when unpacking/packing gear, etc without removing the mitt (I cut the inner liner out because it gets in the way). Buy them in the largest size you can find so that there's room for hand warmers too.

If you haven't worn your boots yet, I'd get something with a higher rating or else bring insole warmers to be safe (ratings are always overstated). I have some cold weather clothing tips on my blog as well.

Chris
www.wildliferhythms.com
http://chrisprestegardtraveltipcentral.blogspot.com/



Dec 17, 2011 at 09:59 PM
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Re: Going to Greenland: super cold weather advice?


Cold weather shooting does have it's challenges. I've seen lots of camera failures (including my own with 1D series bodies) in my limited experience which is only 2 weeks a year in sub-zero temps. If you are shooting outdoors, I'd put gear inside of a dry bag or garbage bag before entering warm lodges or heated vehicles. Use heat warmers inside your pockets to keep batteries warm. Put rubber bumpers on your shutter button so that you can feel it with gloves on. I also recommend finding some zippered mitts to wear over your gloves which allows you to shoot with your trigger finger while keeping your hands and other fingers warm. For instance, I normally use Swany's Artic Mitts when photographing polar bear cubs.

http://www.snowshack.com/product_detail.asp?T1=SNW+SW-40256+XL&trk_src_ss=SNWFGS99WEBPAYPC&kw=%7Bkeyword%7D

The nice part is that you can slip your entire hand in/out when unpacking/packing gear, etc without removing the mitt (I cut the inner liner out because it gets in the way). Buy them in the largest size you can find so that there's room for hand warmers too.

If you haven't worn your boots yet, I'd get something with a higher rating or else bring insole warmers to be safe (ratings are always overstated). I have some cold weather clothing tips on my blog as well.

Chris
www.wildliferhythms.com
http://chrisprestegardtraveltipcentral.blogspot.com/



Dec 17, 2011 at 09:57 PM
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Re: Going to Greenland: super cold weather advice?


Cold weather shooting does have it's challenges. I've seen lots of camera failures (including my own with 1D series bodies) in my limited experience which is only 2 weeks a year in sub-zero temps. If you are shooting outdoors, I'd put gear inside of a dry bag or garbage bag before entering warm lodges or heated vehicles. Use heat warmers inside your pockets to keep batteries warm. Put rubber bumpers on your shutter button so that you can feel it with gloves on. I also recommend wearing zippered mitts over your gloves so that you can shoot with your trigger fingers while keeping your hands and other fingers warm. I use these when I photograph polar bear cubs.

http://www.snowshack.com/product_detail.asp?T1=SNW+SW-40256+XL&trk_src_ss=SNWFGS99WEBPAYPC&kw=%7Bkeyword%7D

The nice part is that you can slip your entire hand in/out when unpacking/packing gear, etc. Buy them in the largest size you can find so that there is room for large warmers too.

If you haven't worn your boots yet, I'd get something with a higher rating or else bring insole warmers to be safe (ratings are always overstated). I have some cold weather clothing tips on my blog as well.

Chris
www.wildliferhythms.com
http://chrisprestegardtraveltipcentral.blogspot.com/



Dec 17, 2011 at 09:40 PM



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