Originally Posted by asp.artist
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 Jenkin (a late developer...)
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?
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.
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.
Claire (Ms Anne Thrope is in the darkroom)
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
Originally Posted by MurrayMinchin
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No Problem Evan - them puppies sure work!
Me so sad though...it's been a mild, wet winter so far
Note to self: Turn your negatives into positives.
Originally Posted by MurrayMinchin
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
Snowing again, here
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.
I've had those since 1984. They rock!
Originally Posted by eclarke