Tuesday 17 December 2013 — Category: Shooting
Last week Oregon was transformed into a winter wonderland as an arctic blast from Alaska gripped the area for seven days. About six or so inches of snow fell in the Albany area on Friday, December 6th (happy St. Nicholas day!), and it stayed on the ground the entire week as sub-freezing temperatures kept the snow and ice well preserved.
The next day was bright and sunny, with a low of 15° F (-10° C). Sunday it got down to a frigid 1° F (-17° C), and the high never rose above freezing! Monday, it was a relatively-mild 7° F (-14° C) in the early morning. It has warmed up considerably since then, but still, eleven days later, there are still some small patches of snow around the neighborhood.
Of course, such unusual weather was a great opportunity for photographs. Various family members used various cameras to capture this special event. I made use of my beloved Olympus OM-D E-M5 as well as my more-pocketable Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR. It was so cold that the F900EXR starting to have operational problems.
My wife had better success with the environment-resistant Olympus TG-2 “Tough” camera. Even though it can’t shoot RAW images, nor does it have a very good zoom (only 4x), it can definitely handle the moisture of a heavy snowfall and the sub-freezing arctic temperatures we subjected it to. It’s always a blessing to have the right tool for the job! My wife also used her own Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V.
My daughter Olivia, newly-turned 12 just 2 days before the snow hit, also made use of the Olympus TG-2 “Tough” camera to exercise her photographic creativity. She ended up with some nice shots of her own. My 19-year-old daughter used her Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX9 as well as her 5th generation iPod Touch. So all in all we had four photographers and six cameras!
All in all the Byrd family survived the Albany arctic weather quite well — no bodily injuries, no car accidents, and no burst water pipes. With our Olympus TG-2 “Tough” camera in hand, we are eagerly awaiting our next round of extreme-weather photography!