Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Winter Webster's Falls

This past Saturday my good friend George and I headed down to Dundas on a photo excursion. Our destination: Webster's and Tew's Falls.

We wanted to get there for the sunrise, but a short delay at Tim Hortons proved to be our undoing. By the time we arrived at Tews Falls, the sun was up ready to warm the world. She had a lot of work ahead of her. It was -20°C when we stepped out if the car. C-o-l-d. That cold has a few unexpected consequences on (digital) photography:
  1. Your battery doesn't work so well at these tempertures. To combat this, carry a spare inside your jacket and swap them out frequently. Your battery isn't drained, it just needs to warm up a bit.
  2. Don't get your lens too close to your face lest you accidently breathe on it. I found this out the hardway when I blew a piece of fluff off my lens. I had to wait a few minutes for the frost to clear.
  3. The same goes for your LCD screen; your face is already close to it so try not to breath on it.
  4. Cameras have lots of fiddly little knobs and dials and such that are hard to use with your gloves. Hand warmers are finger-savers.
The cold notwithstanding, Saturday was beautiful. The sun was out, the wind was calm and the people were sparse. George and I spent a hour or so at Tew's Falls and then a couple of hours at Websters falls. We then headed to Tiffany Falls, but there wasn't much to see there besides a few ice climbers. A quick trip to Henry's to replace a lens cap that went over the falls and a bite to eat and we were done.

Head over to my flickr page to see a few more photos of Webster's falls. And take a look at George's photos; he is much more talented at this photography thing then I am.

1 comment:

George said...

I'd beg to differ about your last statement. But I wholeheartedly agree that it was a great outing despite the ridiculous cold. And hand warmers are (pardon the pun) hands-down the best thing since sliced bread.