Monday, November 23, 2009

Getting around to it ...

Query for the day ... where does one find a camera suitable for winter use? I'm out visiting Dad, a few years back and while I'm out there, I decide to g0 buy a digital. I ask the man behind the counter if he has anything good for temperatures below 32 degrees Farenheit, and - seriously - he asks me

"Why? Are you planning to go to Antarctica?"

I'm not kidding. He really asked me that. Note the url for this blog. Ever been to Chicago? We do sometimes go below freezing during the Winter, but the guy giving the ... let's call it "service", for the lack of a better word ... just isn't willing to get that. Nobody I talk to is, and so, here we are a few years later, and the digital I have is inadequate for the environment in which I am shooting, for about a quarter of the year - or more.

What to do about that? I really would like to do some winter shooting. I'm not so sure that I'd like to be out doing winter shooting, but the lighting effects, especially when the lake freezes over, and the shadows grow long and red, are so memorable as to justify the discomfort. If all else fails, I might make a pinhole camera for myself, but I would really like to be able to get better resolution than that usually offered by optics as primitive as that offered by a pin prick in cardboard.

Maybe somebody over at Flickr will have an idea.

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