A very cold Sunday. After having watched some videographer taking clips of beavers in winter somewhere in Quebec, I felt a strong calling to experience outdoor video recording under “polar” weather conditions and headed out to Rapids Park Lachine on Sunday.
Here the result of this expedition:
Mostly flowing river. There is a dramatic situation though, when a small ice block surfaces and attaches to the larger ice block covering a rock. Don’t miss it, around 1:50 into the video.
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Here is what I learned:
- Exercise tripod, camera setup at home multiple times.
- Configure two camera setups at home, one for still shooting and one for video recording.
- Train basic tripod and camera handling with mittens.
Trying to get that handle fixed to the tripod head with mittens made me laugh about my inability and lack of preparation. The one time opportunity and missed shot of approaching Common Merganser at sunset made me cry. Bottom line is, that it is no fun to figure this out figure out under extreme weather conditions!
At least my new Thermos bottle with tea worked fine and slurping hot tea out there in the cold was the highlight.
Disclaimer: All equipment used for this clip has been purchased. Video recorded with Nikon D500, Tamron 150-600mm. Post-Production Yamaha Piaggero for improvisation, Garageband, iMovie and a bit of Lightroom for the only photo.