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Cold as ice
Last month, taking up a Canadian friend's invitation (thanks Bruce), I and two friends had the great pleasure of visiting a very frozen Canada. It was great to see our photo quartet in action – same location, yet so many different views.
I must admit, this is a photographic trip that will stay with me for a very long time, in no small part because of the extreme weather conditions.
Bruce had already informed us that it was going to be very cold. Hah, I thought, I have been out in very cold conditions before, what's new? Well, the ‘new’ was the temperature number, a mere -36 Celsius!
It is under temperatures this extreme when one sees all body energy (and battery) being drained in such short times; pushing oneself to the limit just to make sure enough creativity is left to compose an image, and then finding enough strength to wait for the right moment to capture it. The body starts seizing up, and so does your photographic equipment. Special clothing and kit is needed to stay even remotely warm, let alone upright on slippery surfaces. Despite battling the elements, we all managed to get through this extraordinary adventure in one piece and have some fantastic images to prove it.
Would I do it all again? Most definitely. I am already preparing for going back – but this time much better equipped for what I now know awaits me.