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Cold Yukon day

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by adelorenzo, Nov 20, 2011.

  1. adelorenzo

    adelorenzo Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 9, 2011
    Whitehorse, Yukon
    A few pics from today, we're sitting at -33 right now and dropping. These are all taken on a Panasonic GF2 with various lenses.

    Sun dogs are pretty common with the cold temperatures and low-angle light. This was taken around 1pm. 14mm 2.5 kit lens, which I almost never use anymore:

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    Sun Dog by Anthony DeLorenzo, on Flickr

    This eagle had been watching me for a while. Shot on a 63mm Kodak Cine Ektar c-mount, which got me close enough for a few shots before he moved on.

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    Eagle by Anthony DeLorenzo, on Flickr

    Pentax 25mm 1.4.

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    Yukon Windshield by Anthony DeLorenzo, on Flickr

    Kodak Cine Ektar 63mm.

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    Freezing by Anthony DeLorenzo, on Flickr

    Pentax 25mm 1.4. This is only about 2:30 in the afternoon but the sun is getting low.

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    Mist by Anthony DeLorenzo, on Flickr
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  2. ripleys baby

    ripleys baby Part time philistine

    Aug 10, 2011
    Nice shots. Can't wait for a little snow here !
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  3. Livnius

    Livnius Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jul 7, 2011
    Melbourne. Australia
    Nice shots Anthony, I really like that first one.....I say best you use that 14mm a little more often :wink:

    You been shooting much in those harsh Yukon winters ?

    Feel free to share your thoughts and experiences about shooting in extreme cold, particularly for extended periods over the course of a day. I'm heading up your way for 8 weeks in BC over January-February on a snowboarding & photography adventure so any insights you may have with regards to using and protecting your camera gear in such an environment would be awesome.

    Thanks for posting :thumbup:

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  4. Holmes375

    Holmes375 Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 6, 2010
    Rocky Mountains, USA
    A very nice set that certainly illustrates the current state of your environment.

    I was out and about today in the natural world and thought I was chilly at 2 degrees F but that was a heat wave compared to your region :) 
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  5. CarlB

    CarlB Mu-43 Veteran

    Superb shots, great capture of the subject matter for your location.

    What astonished me when I first saw a sun-dog was the longer wave-lengths on the *inside* of the radius. I still have to find out why that is - rainbows are of course just the opposite.
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  6. Christopher

    Christopher Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 8, 2011
    Nice shots! love it.

    Joe - cold weather eats batteries, youll want a few back up batteries for sure.
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  7. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, USA
    I'd love to see more pictures of Yukon life, keep posting!
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  8. adelorenzo

    adelorenzo Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 9, 2011
    Whitehorse, Yukon
    Thanks everyone!

    On shooting in the extreme cold, here are a few thoughts....

    • Keeping hands and fingers warm is the biggest concern. I use a liner glove that can still operate the camera and a pair of thick mittens over top. I pull my mittens off as little as possible. Even if you dress right to stay warm I find it challenging to keep fingers warm enough to operate a camera for more than 10-15 minutes at a stretch.
    • I run back into the car to change lenses and warm up my fingers. Normally I like to bike or walk around with my camera but in these temps you need that warm space. Changing lenses with frozen fingers sucks.
    • Get everything set before you go out into the cold. Camera mounted on tripod, correct lens on, settings the way you want them. As soon as you get outside a warm environment the clock is ticking on keeping hands operating.
    • Li-ion batteries perform well in the cold, I have had no issues with mine. On a long outdoor shoot at -40 keeping an extra one or two warm in your pocket would be a good idea. In my experience with electronics the LCD screen will freeze up and become very slow, I haven't had that happen yet. My hands freeze before the camera becomes totally frozen.
    • Fluid head tripods become much less fluid
    • If your lens has stiff focus it will become almost impossible to turn once it starts to get really cold
    • Moving your lenses and body from cold to warm environments they will get condensation on them so watch for that.
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  9. adelorenzo

    adelorenzo Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 9, 2011
    Whitehorse, Yukon
    Some more cold....

    Ice fog

    <a href="http://blog.delorenzo.ca/post/13856038055/ice-fog">http://www.tumblr.com/photo/1280/13856038055/1/tumblr_lvtc2fiAVj1r6jzi3" width="1000" /></a>

    This time of year the days are short, the sun is low and golden hour takes up most of the day.

    <a href="http://blog.delorenzo.ca/post/13488667465/riverdale-bridge">[img]http://www.tumblr.com/photo/1280/13488667465/1/tumblr_lveoazIr3x1r6jzi3" width="1000" /></a>

    <a href="http://blog.delorenzo.ca/post/13205586896/snowy-fence"><img width="1000" src="http://www.tumblr.com/photo/1280/13205586896/1/tumblr_lv4dd1HtEs1r6jzi3" /></a>

    Taken on my GF2, first two are Super Takumar 50mm 1.4 and the second two are Pentax 25mm 1.4 CCTV lens.
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  10. adelorenzo

    adelorenzo Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 9, 2011
    Whitehorse, Yukon
    After some unseasonably warm temps we're back in the 40 below deep freeze now.

    I stood around and waited for a bus to come by to capture the huge plume of exhaust.

    <a href="http://blog.delorenzo.ca/post/15984685685/whitehorse-bus-in-the-cold">http://www.tumblr.com/photo/1280/anthonydelorenzo/15984685685/1/tumblr_lxx7ezO0bd1r6jzi3" width="1000"></a>

    Always trying to capture the frost and low-angle light

    <a href="http://blog.delorenzo.ca/post/15984606923/minus-40">[img]http://www.tumblr.com/photo/1280/anthonydelorenzo/15984606923/1/tumblr_lxx7cv6ozZ1r6jzi3" width="1000"></a>

    <a href="http://blog.delorenzo.ca/post/15915969406/40-below">[img]http://www.tumblr.com/photo/1280/anthonydelorenzo/15915969406/1/tumblr_lxv89rLpLG1r6jzi3" width="1000"></a>

    Likewise, always trying to capture the ice fog

    <a href="http://blog.delorenzo.ca/post/15915889806/ice-fog-on-the-river">[img]http://www.tumblr.com/photo/1280/anthonydelorenzo/15915889806/1/tumblr_lxv87irjER1r6jzi3" width="1000"></a>

    And finally, a little outdoor recreation!

    [url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/delorenzo/6704705869/]Riding at 40 below[/url] by [url=http://www.flickr.com/people/delorenzo/]Anthony DeLorenzo[/url], on Flickr

    [url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/delorenzo/6704707741/]Riding at 40 below[/url] by [url=http://www.flickr.com/people/delorenzo/]Anthony DeLorenzo[/url], on Flickr
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