On the Island – Finals

Last week was, well, the last week of the Spring League on Randall’s Island. The day’s games had been set up one-game elimination style. The original plan for the day was to stay for the entire day and photograph every single game. That turned out to be harder to do than anticipated. First off, my team, which up until this point always had the most substitutes out of any team in the league, had three. Because of that fact, I couldn’t leave the field we were playing on, and I didn’t photograph too much while we were playing our own games. Unfortunate way to end the League.

Secondly, the weather turned out to be much warmer than I anticipated and a bit muggy at that. My shutter seemed to be sticking after a while, and because I only own one camera I didn’t want to try my luck. I looked up more information on camera equipment and the weather to share with all of you and found photo.net. The particular forum page I ran across is a bit old, but it still had a useful tip about how to acclimate your camera gear to extreme weather. The comment that I needed to share was written by Mark Chappell:

….If you have a cool camera fresh from an air-condition room, and it encounters warm, humid air, you’ll get condensation. This is the same problem faced during winter photography in cold climates, where you wander around outside and cold-soak the camera, and then bring it into warm, wet indoor air. Keep in mind that the warmer the air is, the more water vapor it can contain. If you take saturated air (100% relative humidity) and cool it, some of the water vapor will condense into liquid.

Put the camera in a sealed plastic bag before you go outside and let it warm up to ambient temperature before taking it out of the bag. Sealing it in a case in an A/C environment will do no good at all. It will still be cold and will still elicit condensation if exposed to warm, humid air.

You won’t need any desiccant if you seal the camera in the bag inside the A/C room. The air in the bag should start out cool and fairly dry (like the room air), so when it goes outside and starts to warm up, it will get even ‘drier’ (lower relative humidity).

This makes sense, since I did have my camera inside my air-conditioned car before we got to the fields which were baking in the sun. The same is true about photographing in extremely cold weather. If you’re leaving your heated car/home to photograph whatever winter wonderland you may have found, you’re going to have issues with condensation building up in your camera. Either way, I plan on packing my camera in a Ziploc bag before going out into extreme weather conditions.

Enjoy the last round of photographs from the 2011 Spring League. Congrats to all the players that came out!

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