The past month has been like living in the Bob Dylan song “Everything is Broken” – broken boats, broken cameras, broken websites – everything is broken. Luckily there are no broken bones.
The website is back up thanks to a ton of help from Valentin Secades who lives in the skiing hub of the world, Costa Rica. The camera is back up with special thanks to my Visa card and B&H Photo Video.
Over the years my photo modus operandi has devolved into a style best described as “Point & Chute.” I try to find the best small camera I can in the sub $400 range, which is the arbitrary price where I won’t be tempted to leap after it if it swept into a glacial moulin or dropped on the forth pitch of a climb. For each camera, I sew up small, padded case which can be secured to the shoulder straps of a pack. The case can be opened with one hand, and I also attach a lanyard to the camera so I can open the case, extract the camera, turn it on and take a photo all one handed.
From a skiing perspective, this is great as it means you don’t have to stop, take off gloves, remove lens caps, etc.. From a photographic perspective, it is obviously not as sophisticated as using a big-gun SLR, but you learn your way around it. Because it is always ready to go, I try to capture “of the moment” photos, and for action shots, try to get the person fairly close. Of course, most importantly, set it to burst mode and shoot lots of photos.
My latest camera is a Canon G9 which I decided on after having two professional photographer friends recommend it and seeing a whack of them being used for climbing and skiing. Each new camera I get seems to be a big improvement over the last, but this one is a quantum leap better than any other P&C camera I’ve ever owned and I’m looking forward to using it. Now if it would just snow around here…
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