January 08, 2009
Baby, it's cold outside
We had a wonderful snowfall yesterday and I was determined to do some winter photography outside today. But....
* dang, it's cold
* I lost my warmest gloves recently
* it would have taken me well over an hour to dig the car out to go anywhere
* there's no hot tea out there
Once I had a sufficient number of excuses to justify staying in, I managed to do some winter-themed photography indoors instead.
Here in Montreal, the winters are nasty frigid and I need to finally figure out how to continue outdoor photography during the winter when it's colder than -7C (19F), which is most days. How long I can manage to stay outside usually depends on how frozen my fingers are. I've got a nice long down-filled coat and and very good quality boots and warm socks so I can generally keep my body and feet warm enough, but it's the fingers. I have yet to find a solution. I'm thinking of experimenting with an initial thin glove liner, some warm ski mits, and those chemical hand warmers inside the mits. I figure that while I'm not shooting, I can keep the mits on with the warmers inside and then whip them off and keep the thin glove liner on while taking photographs. If any of you photographers out there have any advice, my ears are open.