While this shot looks like it’s somewhat daytime it’s actually the middle of the night on one of the coldest shoots I’ve been on in a while.
At -20 (°F) taking photos is a challenge to say the least. However when you have a beautiful sky and some dramatic shadows it makes it easier to deal with the temps. Actually, over the past several years I have been braving the weather and heading out in the cold to take more and more photos. I have a tendency to get cabin fever fairly easily and the urge to grab my camera and head out has been way to tempting.
Cold but worth it
Over the past few years I have been expanding my collection of long exposure photography especially during the cold winter months. Living in upstate NY and especially at over 1000 ft the nights can get frigid and the winds can be somewhat challenging any night. However I captured this shot near the Canadian border in the north country – Chaumont NY and as we all know long exposure photography takes time. Unfortunatly, with this type of photography you tend to stay in one spot for multiple shots which in turn limits you from walking around and generating body heat. This night I discovered that I could not just keep my left hand wearing a glove and my right (shooting hand) exposed like I usually would.
I was so cold and even at times nervous about how cold my fingers were getting even though I was limiting my exposure to making adjustments to a few seconds at a time. Well after this shoot I went and ordered some gloves that will give me some access to warmth and the ability to manipulate the controls on my camera. The Fuji Convertible Gloves seems like it will let me make the tweaks to my settings without the hassle of putting a glove on and off. I will let you know what I think of the gloves when they arrive.
Canon EOS 7D
30.0 sec; f/3.5; ISO 100
EF28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Focal Length 28.0 mm