Custom Search

Monday, November 24, 2008

Afraid to take pictures

Well, I thought I'd post a short little post to talk about my current fear of taking pictures.

Currently, the snow is falling, and its absolutely gorgeous out. But I'm afraid to take my camera outside. Because of the cold weather, photographers have to be very careful. If the camera goes from hot to cold, or cold to hot too quickly, there can be much damage to the lens. To avoid condensation in the lens, one must gradually get the camera used to the extreme weather. Start by keeping the camera by the front door, then bring it outside (while still in its camera bag) eventually you can take it out and start shooting. The battery will need to be kept warm, so be sure to keep it in your coat pocket until its time to start shooting. A cold battery will only last 2 hours (fully charge) in weather colder than -10/-15 Celsius.

When bringing inside you have to maintain the same care as bringing it out. It needs to slowly acclimatize. If condensation gets in your lens, well... its time to buy a new one. This is my current fear... I live in an apartment, so I don't have a door that leads to the outside world. I will have to hang out in the lobby for a while... The other concerning fact is that apartments tend to be excessively warm. This only add to the extreme temperature differences. I'm sure I'll give it a shot at some point, but I pretty paranoid, so I can guarantee I'll be weird about it... hanging out in the lobby for a couple of hours.

Hopefully I'll be able to get some great winter shots. I shouldn't wait too long, because right now its cold, but soon it'll be COLD. I think I may go out when its snowing one day... cover the camera in Saran wrap and have some fun. I think it'd be great to fool around with shutter speed in the snow. Oh the possibilities.

:) Roon-bop

1 comment:

Lisa Marie said...

what about leaving it by the window?...