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Old Feb 11, 2010, 10:04 AM   #1
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I have been seriously considering taking a teaching position in the Canadian north for the 2010-2011 school year. I retired from 31 years of teaching just two years ago and now I am bored (and broke) so a new challenge is in order. Although this is dependent upon actually getting a job, if I do I will be asking for advice in dealing with cold weather and photography. The prospect of Aurora Borealis, new wildlife, a new culture and a new landscape makes this a photographic adventure.

Any comments or suggestions would be appreciated.

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Old Feb 11, 2010, 10:15 AM   #2
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While not that far north I still watch for condensation, keep the camera warm (under your coat) or let it warm up in a zip lock bag after coming in from the cold
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Old Feb 11, 2010, 5:51 PM   #3
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Ira here are a couple tips.

1. Keep your spare batteries inside your jacket to let your body warmth retain the charge. Always keep batteries fully charged before going out to shoot.

2. Protect your camera from the foul weather. Op/Tech Rainsleeves are cheap (about $10 for 3) and work well to keep your gear dry.


3. When you come back in from the cold, leave your camera in your backpack for up to 45 minutes so that it slowly acclimatizes and won't fog up.

4. Keep lens swapping to a minimum; moisture could get into the camera body and then freeze, causing permanent damage.

5. Wear thin silk or polypropylene glove liners to layer your hands.


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Lou already said everything I would have said. When you first come in from the outside, be especially careful about letting the camera warm up slowly, sealed off from the warmth and humidity of the indoors. Anyone who wears eyeglasses knows how much moisture can condense on cold surfaces when you come in from the cold.

Sounds like a great adventure!
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Old Feb 11, 2010, 10:43 PM   #5
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Wait a minute - you already live in the north. You are going to go further north!??!

I wouldn't necessarily keep the camera under your jacket - I've always left mine out in the cold, figuring that there's more humidity closer to my body and more chance of condensation when you go to shoot. On the other hand, keeping the spare batteries warm does help them keep a charge better. Take more batteries than you would normally need.
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Old Feb 12, 2010, 1:44 AM   #6
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Hi Ira!
Agree with Harriet, why move even closer to the Ice Berg nursery?

I think photography in very cold weather doesn't bring any special problems, except these two:
battery capacity, bring spares and keep them warm
condensation when bringing the stuff back to civilization (indoors, that is). Leave in bag till warm.

Self evident is that it's a stupid idea to breath on the front lens to clean it when out, but I guess that you already experienced that, being a glass wearer.

I claim some experience in this field, and haven't had much problems at all. Happy shooting.

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Thanks for the comments and suggestions.

Harriet, Gander is actually south of London England (London ~ 53N, Gander ~ 48N), just a lot snowier (at least until this year).
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Good heavens - I never realized that! Because of all that snow and the fact you photograph icebergs floating by, I didn't realize that it was that far south. Looking at a map - it looks like my in-laws, who live sort-of in the middle of B.C., are further north than you are, too. So saying you are going "north" might not mean that you would be going to the ends of the earth, I guess.

Kjell - love the picture. The Heron doesn't seem to be minding the ice, gave him a perch to hunt for breakfast.
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Financial realities mean I must go back to work, and teaching in Canada's northern territories pays well and has minimum expenses. This would mean that in one year there I could probably pay more bills than working two years here. The fact that I would be working in a different environment with a minimum of distractions would probably be good for my photography since I would have more time to devote to it and something different to shoot.

This job isn't a sure thing but I am hopeful. It would probably mean some more mad money for new toys as well.

Thanks for the comments.

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Good heavens - I never realized that! Because of all that snow and the fact you photograph icebergs floating by, I didn't realize that it was that far south. Looking at a map - it looks like my in-laws, who live sort-of in the middle of B.C., are further north than you are, too. So saying you are going "north" might not mean that you would be going to the ends of the earth, I guess.

Kjell - love the picture. The Heron doesn't seem to be minding the ice, gave him a perch to hunt for breakfast.
The influence of the cold Labrador current (which brings the icebergs) and the warm Gulf Stream (which bring moist air) means spring fog and lots of winter snow. Global warming projections actually show a cooling trend on the Labrador coast possibly due to melting ice in the far north.
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