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Shooting in the rain? How to prepare?

 
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Apr 20, 2012 15:18 |  #1

I have or had plans to go to VIR for SCCA Double Nationals this weekend. Forecast is now for heavy rain Saturday and Sunday.

It's not a paid shoot. Worth going? I have seen a lot of racing shots from rainy races, so I know it's doable with the right set-up and you can even get some good shots.

I just don't have a clue how to shoot in foul weather? :confused:

Better to sit this one out that risk the gear?


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Apr 20, 2012 15:23 |  #2

I shot an indy race with part of a practice run in the pouring rain. I had protective gear on my lens and body (Aquatech SS-600) and still managed to mess up my body (Nikon D3s). So if it's not paid, I wouldn't risk it.

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Apr 21, 2012 06:02 |  #3

I've shot in the rain with a Kata cover and never had an issue yet.

May have to use it later this morning as I am off to shoot a motorcycle enduro.


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Apr 21, 2012 06:22 |  #4

V4her wrote in post #14299727 (external link)
Forecast is now for heavy rain Saturday and Sunday.
It's not a paid shoot. Worth going? I have seen a lot of racing shots from rainy races, so I know it's doable with the right set-up and you can even get some good shots. I just don't have a clue how to shoot in foul weather?

Keep an Op/Tech Rainsleeve (external link) in the camera bag, and put it on the camera when rain falls. This was done the other day when weather radar clearly showed that a line of precipitation was approaching. When the rain arrived, the Rainsleeve was pulled from the camera bag and placed over the equipment. The Rainsleeve was more than large enough to cover the camera body and a telephoto lens.




  
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Apr 21, 2012 09:37 |  #5

Some type of rain cover is a must. Light rain to a drizzle is one thing, but if you're going to get up to the 4" they are calling for in southern PA you might have problems. With the right equipment you can keep the rain off the camera but then you have to worry about keeping yourself dry. One issue I've had in the past is condensation buildup inside my rain cover due to my hands being warm. I'm not sure there is any solution to that issue.


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Apr 21, 2012 09:52 |  #6

I just keep a Storm Jacket on the lens at all times. It's easy enough to pull pack over the camera when it rains and light enough to forget about when it's dry.


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Apr 22, 2012 21:14 |  #7

Sorry, just realized the link didn't show. Here it is:

http://www.iconsportsm​edia.com/sets/459428 (external link)


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Apr 23, 2012 14:07 |  #8

Carry a chamois leather, or similar, to wipe things dry, or even drape it over your lens as some do.


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Apr 23, 2012 14:24 as a reply to  @ Richard Brewer's post |  #9

Couple of big chamois leathers work for me. I've got some dedicated rain covers, but often find them a bit cumbersome.


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Apr 24, 2012 20:53 |  #10

I always take the shower caps at the hotels. Works in a pinch to cover your camera body. That coupled with a chamios or a microfiber cloth to cover the lens works really well in light rain. For the heavier downpours, others have posted great suggestions.

Also, depending on the track, sometimes the corner workers have EZUP style canopies and if you ask nicely they are usually pretty cool about letting you shoot from under them.




  
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May 03, 2012 10:06 |  #11

Good recommendations in here. And YES... you should go. Eventually shooting it he rain will wear thin and you'll see many of the pros not happy about it BUT you do get cool photos. Like this past weekend in Miami... it was rough.


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