15 Tips for protecting your gear from the Weather

November 23, 2018  •  1 Comment

Imagine a trip of a lifetime to Iceland.  You’re at the imposing Seljalandsfoss, a 200’ tall waterfall that you can walk behind.  The sun is low on the horizon and you have a marvelous composition.  You go to take a picture and . . . nothing.  The mist from the waterfall got into your lens, which wasn’t sealed against weather.  Nothing works.  Frustration!

You walk away from the waterfall and switch lenses. Thankfully, the camera works again.  Now you go to Diamond Beach, near Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon to photograph icebergs on the black sand beach.  The wind is blowing and surf crashing.  You put a graduated neutral density filter on to even out the exposure between sky and ocean.  The spray leaves droplets on your filter, so you grab a towel and wipe it off and take the shot.  Later, you realize your expensive Grad ND filter is scratched.  Why?  Because, well, it’s salt water and blowing volcanic sand that were on your filter and, as you wiped it dry, they scratched the glass.

Whether you’re in Iceland, Death Valley or Washington, DC, the elements are your friend and your foe.  Some of the best photos come during the worst weather.  And, if you’ve been taking pictures long enough, you’ve seen these situations where gear gets damaged by the elements.  Maybe it’s happened to you.

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ofeliakeeling(non-registered)
It doesn't take much of a storm to toss sand and saltwater onto the instrument's exterior finish. And during periods of extended wet weather, this can work its way deeper into the wood fibers and worsen the situation as you play it in other venues. Creating a barrier between your instrument and the elements is as easy as choosing to use a fine polish or repolishing your prized instrument each time you get it back from a gig. For resume writing, explore http://www.resumehelpaustralia.com/sydney-resumes-review/ source. If you are using a drop-in-style humidifier, make sure that it has a tight-fitting lid. Otherwise, moisture will be held inside and create condensation on the finish which leads to swelling and cracking.
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