When he’s not chasing rockets, photographer Jesse Watson is keeping an eye out for visually impressive weather anomalies. And they don’t get much more impressive than a haboob. A haboob is a type of particularly intense dust storm. They appear quite regularly in dryland areas throughout the world, but this was the largest Jesse had ever seen.
It rarely rains where I live, sadly (or happily) this is not the case for many. And if you are shooting outdoors in extreme weather there are quite a few things that you can do to help your gear survive.
And it is not just uber extreme conditions that would freeze your camera, even lesser elements can cause your batteries to stop functioning or the LCD significantly drop its refresh rate.
B&H shares quite a useful video on how to improve your chances of getting a good shot. Of course there is a vast array of rain covers, tip-les gloves and silica gels, but there are some more clever tips on that video. Those three tips from the video are priceless:
This is another one of those, I am not sure if this is an awesome idea or a what the heck is going on, but it seems valid so I am going to point a light at it, and see what you think.
Lebanese photographer Alexy Joffre Frangieh does extreme conditions timelapses and every once in a while he has to give his lenses a good dry-off. Instead of using silica gels (like the rest of us) he came up with an interesting spin-off. Alexy uses menstrual pads both as means of keeping his lenses dry in their cases and as a way of drying off wet or humid lenses.
While it makes sense somehow since those pads contain polyacrylate gel which absorbs liquids. But still….
Alexy uses those quite freely and you can check his site below to see how well they work for him. But still….
[Menstrual Pads For Drying Lenses | Alexy Joffre Frangieh]