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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Chase The Storms

Gear up for the wild weather of late summer to get some intense landscapes

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Late summer provides us with awesome photo opportunities. Booming thunderstorms give us wild light and incredible skies, while strong winds twist tree limbs and towering fair-weather cumulus clouds offer dramatic subject matter. Stormy conditions change rapidly, though, and the right gear can help you deal with them.

Garmin Oregon 550t
Non-photo items include rain gear and insect repellent to keep you dry and comfortable in field conditions. A weather radio provides the latest storm updates and helps you find storms and avoid flash floods. Water (or a favorite hydrating beverage) and snacks for the trail are necessities. Bring your cell phone and let someone know where you’ll be if you’re trekking alone. And it’s always a good idea to have a portable hiker’s first-aid kit stuffed into your camera bag.

ewa-marine U-BF100
A GPS unit can help you keep track of where you are, how to get back from there when you’re done shooting (assuming you had to travel off-road, either in your vehicle or on foot) and even geotag your images with location data. A standard handheld GPS is best for navigation; there are a number of geotagging systems available for that purpose.

Kata GDC Elements Cover
Camera Protection
Summer storms mean brief, but heavy rains. It’s best to shoot from a protected area, but it doesn’t hurt to provide weather protection for your camera. All-out underwater housings aren’t needed, but relatively inexpensive items like the ewa-marine Rain Cape, OP/TECH Rain Sleeve and Kata GDC Elements Cover provide good rain protection.

Marshall V-LCD70XP-HDMI
Field Monitor
It can be difficult to see the image on a DSLR LCD monitor during Live-View operation outdoors. An external unit such as the Marshall seven-inch Portable Field Monitor provides a larger, easier-to-see image, handy for composing and manually focusing in Live-View mode.

You also can use the Hoodman HoodLoupe, which fits over the LCD monitor, cutting out the ambient glare and providing a magnifying eyepiece for easier manual focusing. Or take a cue from large-format photographers and drape a dark cloth over the camera body and yourself to help you see the monitor image better.


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