Taking pictures in harsh cold


posted on 25th of february, 2012

I was recently taking pictures outside in a temperature about -30C. I noticed that at such temperature, when you repeatedly take off your lens cap or changing filters without gloves or thin cloves that are warm due to your own body temperature, then it may happen that your filter glass or the front element of the lens (if not using filters) freeze up due to humid and warmth coming from the thin gloves or bare hand. When the the front glass or filter is frosty, then it is highly suggested not to scratch off the ice. You may end up ruining your lens of filter. I used filters (sometimes UV, sometimes CP). Both my filters got frozen because when I took off the lens cap and my palm was too close to the filter. I changed the filter then to CP but same thing again, humid...

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Posted by Asakalaskas on March 20, 2012
Living in Fairbanks Alaska I run into the same problems, and yes we could stay inside, but since it's like this 9 months out of the year, either you figure out a way to deal, or put your camera away for 75% of the year. Since I lean towards outdoor photography that isn't an option. Nice winter shots, I personally love them.
Posted by Androniques on March 16, 2012
Quite interesting, not sure about usefulness in my case, but nice to know... :)
Posted by Risto40 on March 14, 2012
If i'd be near the sea and its -40C outside, I would definitely stay inside as well. But far from the sea, -40C feels much warmer than near sea because of dry air. But of course, full day outside at -40C could be too long/much. But a full day outside at -30C (at dry air and almost no wind), it's totally OK. I was surprised too that I did not feel cold. I didn't actually feel cold at -40C either, but again, I was outside only for an hour. But the strong wind was extremely annoying. The wind blew directly from the direction of sunset so I managed to take only few pictures before the filter got frosty.

To Calyx22: I think warm summer pictures sell much better than cold winter pictures. Most people still like to travel to south and therefore nice warm sunny pictures are more needed for advertising :s Next trip will definitely be to a some place warm :p

low temperatures in mind.. i posted a bit funny blog article here - when temperature drops... [link=http://blog.dreamstime.com/2012/01/27/when-the-temperature-drops_art37013]...(More)



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