Emergency Vehicle Session
I took all the precautions that I could think of, kept my camera cold and my batteries in my pocket. The difficulty came anyway because just breathing while framing a picture is a hazard for the image when it’s that cold. What fun I had though, and the images came out great, and I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything. I learned quite a bit about cold weather shooting that day. As most cameras are only rated for functioning normally above 31 degrees (mostly for the LCD operation), there was a small question in my mind of just how hard this was going to be, but I knew that it was possible because people do shoot in even colder temps. If it is possible, I’m totally game for trying it.
Luckily, my LCD didn’t freeze, so I tried the histogram to help me out. That was also confused by the bright lights, and made every image appear as though it was over-exposed when it wasn’t. With the image preview I was able to get a ballpark idea of where my exposure was, and bracket from there, so I wasn’t completely shooting blind. What did keep freezing though, was the viewfinder & the glass over the LCD — when I carried it around my body heat would cause condensation which would instantly freeze. I had to scrape them off a few times, and some shots had a thin fog over the lens. It was one of those sessions that was worth every second to me. I was challenged. It kept me thinking, scheming, adjusting, trying, moving. I really, really loved working this job, and would do it again in a heartbeat.
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