Painting with light

Painting with light

Diving into the cold without gloves

photoPosted by simonaldra Fri, December 04, 2009 01:37:06






Tonight was a bloody cold night, cold, dry, windy and dark. But I got some nice photos, so who gives a damn?

It was a cold night in the dock area in Sandnessj√łen, I was sent out to make a story about a couple of local divers who participated on an attempt on the world record for the number of divers in the water at the same time.

I expected poor light and bad conditions, this is, after all, a long way up north..

So I picked up my trusty E-3 with my new favorite lens, the Panasonic 25mm f/1.4. It's a sweet lens, if you haven't got one, and you can afford one (and of course, you're using the Fourthirds system), you need to get one. Just do it. I actually think it might be illegal not to get it.

Anyhow, the lens worked like a dream, as I expected. But it's one thing to photograph when you're in the general direction of a lot of light, but in darker light, you do have to work a lot more on your exposures to get them to stick.

I'm not for one moment going to say that there is such a thing as the perfect exposure. It all depends on a lot, the atmosphere you wish to create for one, but of course, also on wether or not you're actually able to be picky. This was one of those jobs when f/1.4 and ISO between 800 and 3200 was a given.

Now, what am I on about when I say "diving into the story"? It's not like I was going into the water (the E-3 is water sealed, but not that water sealed, after all). But it was damn misrable out there. A couple of degrees under freezing might not sound a lot, but it does get a lot worse once you're close to the coast. As the guys were diving, this wasn't just close to the coast, this was the coast, heck, it was five meters from the bloody ocean. That makes a difference. Add into that the wind (Helgeland is regarded by the Norwegian meterology service as a bloody confusing part of Norway weather wise), and you've got a recipee for a very cold photographer indeed!

Well, it's not like I'm really one for complaining over cold weather (I've slept with the window open every day of every year of every decade the last decade, and even if the window's not five meters from the ocean, it is about 30 meters from the ocean), but I've learned one crucial thing.

Don't leave the bloody gloves at home!


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Posted by Peter Thomson Mon, October 24, 2011 22:13:46

Great photos. Loved your review of the lens on Camera Labs. Have you also used the 20mm panasonic in the past?