While some prefer to stay at home in front of the warm wood stove, other are keen on capturing breath taking and chilly winter shots. I rather belong to the second group. With sub-zero temperatures at high altitudes good clothing is obvious, but how to prepare your camera gear ?
Nobody likes freezing, especially not rechargeable batteries of DSLRs. So besides having one better two spare battery packs with you, the best advice I can give, is to keep the batteries warm – in the pockets of your trousers e.g. and only put them into the camera for shooting. A very handy gimmick I found in a local outdoor shop: A so-called hand warmer, a little sealed plastic bag with some fancy chemistry going on inside which keeps up a nice and comfy temperature for at least a couple of hours. This put in a little bag together with the batteries guarantees even a longer winter shooting free of any worries. Last but not least, cold tripod legs are a nightmare, as the alloy can get so cold even your fingers get stuck to it. Also here, easy solution ahead: Some handle bar foam or rubber grip from the nearest bike store together with some heavy duty tape and the tripod is ready.
All in all just a few little pieces of equipment that make the winter outdoor photographer a happy. One thing I’ve forgotten – a thermos bottle with a hot tea is unbeatable.