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Backcountry Skiing Photography Advice

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Nov 03, 2010 16:21 |  #1

Hello guys,

I am shipping out for a private shoot in the Colorado backcountry in a week. The project is to photograph the client (very skilled backcountry skier) for a week above 8,000ft skiing and camping.

I am a very skilled backcountry skier myself, am a decent photographer but have never put the two together.

Please lend any advice you may have as I dont want to run into too many unforseen problems.

Problems I foresee:
-Camera fogging (you just do the bag trick when you change temp right?)
-Mechanical problems due to the cold temp in lense/body. (using L-lenses and 50D)
-Tripod sinking in the snow. (I thought about putting ski pole baskets on the tripod tips to prvent excessive sinking)
-Moisture getting into lenses/camera when changing lenses.
-Batteries not staying charged very long.

Most problems come from the I plan on sleeping with alot of my gear in my sleeping bad with me.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated


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Nov 03, 2010 16:54 |  #2

Hey luke - I don't have any answers for you, but THESE GUYS (external link) take a ton of pictures in the backcountry. They're pretty responsive and active on their site, so I would shoot them an email and see if they are willing to lend some advice.

Good luck and PLEASE post some picture of your shoot ! ! !

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Nov 03, 2010 17:24 |  #3

Do you NEED a tripod?

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Nov 03, 2010 20:21 as a reply to  @ Biffbradford's post |  #4

I will look into that EOS

I am not sure if I will need it Biff. I was hoping someone with experience would tell me not to bring it so I did not have to lug it around

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Nov 04, 2010 05:18 |  #5

I've taken my gear up on the slopes a few times:

Having two bodies, one with zoom tele and other with wide angle, is nice and eliminates the need to swap lenses.

A bag that can be accessed without having to take it off and unzip it all the way to grab gear. The LowePro 300 AW in my sig is great. Single shoulder sling. Can be whipped around to the front without taking it off.

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Nov 04, 2010 08:31 |  #6

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