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 Post subject: Too Cold for Cameras?
PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2007 2:40 am 
Hey everyone, I have going to visit my friends up in Michigan, which snows in the winter and gets around 20-30 degrees F, and I need to know if there is any cautions I have take when exposing my DSLR and lens to cold weather and moving back inside, also I heard cold drains battery life, so I should keep a spare correct? Keep me posted

Thanks,

P.S. Any recommendations on getting cool snow pictures?


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2007 4:11 am 
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Hi Fearless Leader, there are some things to watch out for.

Forum member Neptun posted some good advice about using cameras in cold temperatures in this thread.

He's based in Nothern Norway where he photographs the Aurora Borealis, and it can get darned cold! I know from experience having visited - he helped me take this photo...

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Neptun / Kjetil's website is here: http://www.auroraphoto.no/

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2007 12:01 pm 
Gordon

What sort of gear you used for this ?
Any filter or post processing to produce the green ?

Looks splendid though ! :D


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2007 3:56 am 
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Thanks David, nope, no processing - that's the straight JPEG taken with daylight white balance.

Aurora can be like astronomical nebulosity though in terms of colour - what you see and what you record can be quite different experiences. From recollection though, this aurora was greenish to the eye!

Gordon

PS - details of the equipment and technique here:

http://www.cameralabs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=676


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2007 8:45 am 
Wow !

A new places (scotland and Norway) on the list to must go and experince.

{off-topic}
Gordon, do you happen to know the best time of the year for the spectacular show of the northern lights ?

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So how did the cameras works in below zero ? I mean, did you used any 'warmer' before you took the camera out and take shots ?
I had some problem with my P&S Nikon 885 couple years back before the DSLR, the camera (P&S) motor jammed after about 5 minutes out in the cold, and that was around 1-5 degrees.
Have not the chance to experince with the DSLR , hopefully it works just fine. Just want find out.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2007 9:33 am 
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Winter time is good - we went in January - if you're serious, check out aurora expert Kjetil Skogli's website here:

http://www.auroraphoto.no/

As for the temperature, battery drain was the biggest issue! Well, that and my freezing hands, even with thin gloves on!

Gordon


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