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Maine Photo Tips

Photographing Maine

Winter Photo Tips
by Susan Glen Peters

Winter can be an amazing time of year to capture images in Maine. Challenges, however, can arise from both the cold and trying to shoot the pure winter white snow. Here are a few tips to help you with your winter photography activity.

Dock Square Christmas Tree

The image of Dock Square Christmas Tree was shot in Kennebunkport during Prelude weekend. Photo courtesy of Susan Peters

Prepare your camera for the cold and the inclement weather. Keep your camera cold. Even though it may be tempting to tuck your camera into your jacket, warming and cooling your camera may cause condensation and render your camera unusable. It is easier to brush falling snow off a cold camera as well. Don’t try to blow snow off your camera with your breath; this can cause a frozen mess of condensation. An item I keep handy is a chamois cloth and put it over my camera and lens during light precipitation. When the weather really is at odds with keeping dry, be it our Maine winter rain or heavy snowfall, try a large zip lock freezer bag. Simply cut a hole at the bottom of the bag and slip it over your camera. Your view finder will be exposed by the opening of the bag. If you have a clear filter, simply screw the filter on holding the edges of the cut portion in place.

Photo Caption: The image of Dock Square Christmas Tree was shot in Kennebunkport during Prelude weekend, held annually the first week of December. From this viewer prospective, this is an event not to miss. Down East Photographics 207-332-4410.

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