Taking pictures in harsh cold
- I noticed that I should not hold filters above the palm with more than 2 fingers. If i held the filter from side, everything was fine.
- To get the ice off from the filter glass, I noticed that when waving the filter in the air, a thin layer of frost steams away and filter is ready to use again. At least it worked for me.
Old batteries do die quickly at that temperature, even if not using LCD at all. To lengthen battery life, take of the battery from the camera while not shooting (even if you have to walk 5-10 minutes until you take next shot) and put it inside your glove. The warmth from the palm really makes the battery to last longer. I also bought a new battery (not original, made by unknown :) and just amazing how well it performed at such temperature. So, new batteries for cold weathers are definitely better than old ones. Previous day when the temperature was -17C, a new batter last for the whole day (and the battery was inside camera whole day and the camera was hinging on my neck).
To sum up:
- be careful how you take off the lens cap and/or hold your filters. Keep humidity as far from lens and filter as possible. Once its icy, do not scratch it off. If the front element of the lens if frosty, you should stop taking pictures or just change the lens.
- If the day should be bright during your trip outside at such low temperature, you should really thing if to take tripod along or not. Some tripod head at hours in -30C may become useless.
- Put batteries into the glove next to your hand to keep them worm and lengthen its working period. If possible, use new batteries. 2-3 years old (used) batteries die quickly at low temperature.
Photo credits: Risto Hunt.