Yesterday’s shoot demonstrated something to me. Shooting in the cold is……well, cold!
Along our travels in the Dells I came across a scene with the San Francisco Peaks in the distance and I wanted to try a portrait with the peaks in the background. Everybody knows a longer lens means you can compress the scene, and that’s what I was after. 200mm on my Canon 70-200mm L Series lens. Of course, I wanted to over power the sun, have the backdrop darker, etc. In order to do all of this I had to put a good distance between me and the ladies. So, trudge through snow, sit on ice, and get maybe 150 feet away…….
Given the fact we were actually in freezing temperatures I’d say we all did good. Well, everybody but the Radio Poppers. Was I too far away? I don’t think so. Could it be the cold? More likely than not, I think that’s what impacted my attempt to produce this shot. We got a couple of flashes to start with, then suddenly when I thought I was almost dialed in the flash stopped triggering. I got off of my cliffside perch, noted that my pants were soaked from sitting on ice, and walked back over to Kassi. I tried triggering the flash time and again right next to her. No dice.
So, I swapped transmitters (I have 2). The one in the case was still warmer. And it triggered like a champ. But the moment was lost. We were too cold and had to start moving……. Maybe we’ll return and try this one again because I think the concept is cool!
So, any other folks ever encounter issues triggering wireless flash in freezing temperatures? Is it just me, or is there a temperature threshold? I’m seriously curious now.