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PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2010 7:35 pm 
First of all I had a lot of trouble deciding if I should risk actually doing this, but I just didn't want to miss out on the fun of being able to shoot pictures on the mountain. In the weeks before my trip, i decided that if i will take my gear snowboarding!, it needs some preparation.

My gear was a Canon 450d (rebel xsi) + Battery Grip + Sigma 70-200 2.8 Hsm

I had other stuff with me on the trip, but i decided that was all I needed for the actual snowboarding.

I went snowboarding along with alot of friends ( it was a trip by a youth organization) and we went sking for 4 days, but I shot only one day. I am a fairly good snowboarder and I don't drive slowly or cautiously...

On the first picture, you can see the gear i had. I used a normal Nike backback ( closed with a zipper) my camera+ battery grip + 70-200.
I customized the whole setup though, to make it weateher proof. I didn't want to take any risks.
Around my camera I put a silicon case, which i got off of amazon for 10 euro. i cut it, so that I could use it together with the battery grip. Then, and this worked really well, I cut up an old black sock, which I used to create my own weather sealings. I put one where the lens mount is, so that water, snow or dirt could really not enter the camera body. Then, inbetween the Zoom and the focus I placed another, leaving out a speace for the little focus distance display. This should basically act as a "sweatband", for when the camera is back in the bag and the snow begins to melt, so that it doesnt, go into the cracks.
Then around the lens i put a big lens pouch, which I bought for 12 euro, when I bought the lens. ( always good to have)
And around the lens, when in the bag I put a small towel, just to suck up the moisture.
Also with me: An air blower and a cleansing cloth.

I had no trouble at all with freezing batteries or the batteries losing charge..
The temperature change, for example when I went to eat something obviously made the lens unusable for 2-3 minutes, but after a couple of whipes with the cleansing cloth the problem was solved.

Me and my friends had a lot of fun that day, and i would do it again everytime i could.
Due to the missing ramps and rails, it turned out, that I shot more portraits than action shots. However this was my first attempt at Photography under these circumstances and to find the right settings really wasn't very easy. A couple of shots were taken at 1/4000 Iso 100!!!

* I shot the first pictures and got really depressed, because every White Balance I tried turned out to look really bad, when I noticed I still had my colored skiing glasses on :D!

Creative Criticism is very well apreciated.

Hope I was able to provide some Tips for people planing to take their gear up the mountain or just in difficult weather situations.

Here are the pics:

There are more on my flickr account:

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2010 8:58 am 
Nicely done and you made me laugh about the pictures WB being all messed up until you realized that your skiing goggles were on. HAHA, but nice shots regardless.

I want to take my D5000 with me snowboarding, but knowing me. I wouldn't want to snowboard, I would just want to take pictures all day. LOL, too much of a distraction I guess.


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