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Paul Jenkin
12-07-2008, 12:20 AM
Its windy and rainy in Philadelphia. My ideas about what to photograph are changing. Rather than long hikes, I'm thinking quick street shots with a smaller camera, and running into a lot of coffee shops. Subway stations could be appealing. I was wondering what everyone else does with the seasonal changes.
Anne

Hi Anne.

It's a question many of us this side of the pond dwell upon, too, at this time of year. Don't know if you've ever been to the UK but we can have four seasons in a day - twice - if there's a heavy system blowing across from the west. Northerly and easterly air-flows tend to be more predictable - i.e. get your thermals on 'cos it's gonna be cold and probably snowy!

Apart from a few specific expeditions to places I've needed to / wanted to visit, it's easy to become a 'fair-weather' photographer. However, this year I've set myself a project to shoot a calendar of the area in which I live (East Anglia - which is a term for Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex).

By definition, it needs to be outdoors, as a shopping mall looks mostly the same any time of year - except, perhaps, Christmas. It's also a generally very flat area, so lots of big skies and cloud formations.

My biggest 'pet hate' is rain. Not because I don't like getting wet but because I don't like my kit getting wet. So, I'll be examining some waterproofing systems and buying some extra bags of silica gel to store with the camera after it's been allowed to dry for a couple of days in a warm room.

Thanks for this thread, it's sort of galvanised my resolve to get out and amongst it - come what may, weather-wise.

Paul.

chriscrawfordphoto
12-07-2008, 12:29 AM
Paul,

I don't know if they sell these in the UK, but here in the USA there's a company called Optech/USA that makes a product called Rainsleeve. It is a plastic bag with elastic on one end. You put the elastic hole around the lens, near the front of it (I put it on the lens hood so the whole lens is covered) and the rest of the bag goes back over your camera and keeps it dry in the rain. They're cheap, $7 for a two pack. I think that's about 4 pounds?

Mike Kennedy
12-07-2008, 04:23 AM
Canadian Rainsleeve: Take a freezer bag and cut a small opening in one end.Place camera in bag.Poke lens through hole and secure with elastic band.
Cost:0

Claire Senft
12-10-2008, 12:14 PM
I have a motto that has worked for me, at least in my opinion, "The worse the weather, the more interesting the photo". Human nature being what it is I am also of the opinion that such photos will be rarer.

eclarke
12-11-2008, 06:54 AM
I go no matter what the weather with my hardy Wista 4x5. It can rain/drizzle where I live for weeks at a time so waiting for good weather isn't an option, besides, shouldn't a rain forest be photographed in the rain? When it gets really gnarly in the winter at -20c with 70 km/hr northerly outflow winds, you can always find a quiet spot out of the wind in the forest or the lee corner of a pocket beach. I love wild weather!

Murray

Noiw that it is winter here in Wisconsin I have been enjoing one of my favorite photo accessories, Kahtoola Micro Spikes which Murray turned the APUG community onto last year. You can go anywhere any time uinder any conditions wearing these on your feet. Thanks, Murray!!..Evan Clarke

http://www.kahtoola.com/microspikes.html

MurrayMinchin
12-11-2008, 08:46 AM
No Problem Evan - them puppies sure work!

Me so sad though...it's been a mild, wet winter so far :(

Murray

Ian Grant
12-11-2008, 09:15 AM
Me so sad though...it's been a mild, wet winter so far :(

Murray

Terrible, it's even been mild & wet here, temperature down to 13C during the day 6C at night and rain to :D

Until I took my wife ti England last April she'd never seen snow except in films :)

Joking apart I don't envy you Murray it's not much fun when it's wet, and your used to wrapping up well and coping with the snow. You'd laugh your head off if you saw how the locals dress up here in the winter, thick coats, sweaters, hats, scarves etc, you'd be in a T-shirt.

Ian

eclarke
12-11-2008, 09:25 AM
No Problem Evan - them puppies sure work!

Me so sad though...it's been a mild, wet winter so far :(

Murray

Murray, Ian,
Too bad, we have already had 0 degrees here with snow and the Lake Michigan shoreline has yielded some interesting photos. I don't scan any more but might do a couple "images" from the photographs so I can post them here..Thanks again, Murray..Evan

P.S. My neighbor and I both have the Minchin pig warmers under our paper trays and they are great too..EC

Sirius Glass
12-11-2008, 12:21 PM
Winter finally arrived here. We are having a cold snap. It only got up to 71 degrees yesterday so we had to break out the sweaters!

Brrrr ...

Stevve

jolefler
12-12-2008, 11:15 AM
The last batch went away a few days ago. I'm heading out to record the Holiday lights again tonight. Exactly what I need, another roll or two to add to the 23,476 Holiday light photos I already have from years past. They're irresistable to me, though, and I can't say that all 23,000+ are nice so it never hurts to practice.

For the most part, in Winter I do the same kind of stuff that Summer features.
Ok, I don't use the submersible camera for it's purpose as much, but with the cold rains that Winter sometimes brings it still gets out a lot.

Jo

Robert Hall
12-12-2008, 12:45 PM
Noiw that it is winter here in Wisconsin I have been enjoing one of my favorite photo accessories, Kahtoola Micro Spikes which Murray turned the APUG community onto last year. You can go anywhere any time uinder any conditions wearing these on your feet. Thanks, Murray!!..Evan Clarke

http://www.kahtoola.com/microspikes.html

I've had those since 1984. They rock!

benjiboy
12-13-2008, 03:02 AM
Paul,

I don't know if they sell these in the UK, but here in the USA there's a company called Optech/USA that makes a product called Rainsleeve. It is a plastic bag with elastic on one end. You put the elastic hole around the lens, near the front of it (I put it on the lens hood so the whole lens is covered) and the rest of the bag goes back over your camera and keeps it dry in the rain. They're cheap, $7 for a two pack. I think that's about 4 pounds? Optech/ USA products are indeed sold in the UK Chris, I use their neckstraps on all my cameras.

benjiboy
12-13-2008, 03:30 AM
I was just down there for Thanksgiving (San Clemente)...we spent most of the time in the ocean...I love body-surfing! The water was warm -- lower 60'sF.

Vaughn I was just thinking how lucky you are, anyone goes body surfing around the UK at this time of year it would be dead body surfing, the average sea temperature around our shores only varies about two degrees between Summer and Winter, even in a heatwave the water is still cold.

Ian Grant
12-15-2008, 12:48 AM
I was just thinking how lucky you are, anyone goes body surfing around the UK at this time of year it would be dead body surfing, the average sea temperature around our shores only varies about two degrees between Summer and Winter, even in a heatwave the water is still cold.

You've never been to Newquay, Cornwall, then Ben in November/December :D

They'll be out there right now :)

Ian

benjiboy
12-15-2008, 08:47 AM
I must admit I have never been to Cornwall Ian, and the last time I was at the South Coast was a lifetime ago in the early 60s when I did my training as a young Marine and I still recall how cold the water was more than forty years later.

Schlapp
12-15-2008, 10:48 AM
I was just thinking how lucky you are, anyone goes body surfing around the UK at this time of year it would be dead body surfing, the average sea temperature around our shores only varies about two degrees between Summer and Winter, even in a heatwave the water is still cold.
Well, I know where I live is not typical of the UK, but there were two surfers on the beach last night.And I expect to see them here wherever the temperature - snow and all.

Martin Aislabie
12-15-2008, 11:13 AM
The season doesn't really bother me (in the UK its never that cold in the winter or that hot in the summer either)

I am rather partial to photography in the winter - there are far fewer people out and about to detract from my landscapes.

Fog can usefully isolate stuff from a distracting background.

Rain brings rock surfaces to life.

What bothers me is the grey overcast skies that last for days on end giving a very boring flat light - we seem to get them a lot in both mid winter and mid-summer.

To me the best light occurs when rain (or occasionally) snow storms are about to descend - the camera and I end up getting very wet - but if I have at least one decent shot in the bag, I can go home happy to dry my kit out.

Martin