Assignment in the rain . . . advice?

Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by Jock Elliott, Nov 14, 2017.

  1. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    (Also posted on M43)

    Well, this promises to be interesting. For the third year, I held my hand up to photograph the "Kettle Kickoff" for the Salvation Army in Troy, NY.

    Peeking ahead to Saturday on , it looks like 90% chance of rain just when the event starts. Of course, a lot can change between now and then.

    Assuming it comes off, I plan to use the OMD EM5 with 12-50 as my main camera with the OMD EM5 II with 14-150 II in a shoulder bag as back up. I will also have with a plastic bag with a hole cut for the lens in case there is a deluge. I'm going with the 12-50 because it zooms internally, which ought to offer less opportunity for water intrusion.

    Thoughts and advice gratefully accepted.

    Cheers, Jock
  2. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Top Veteran

    Feb 6, 2015
    Central Ohio, USA
    Cover the camera....cover you and your feet...think you have it handled the best you can.
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  3. bartjeej

    bartjeej Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Nov 12, 2010
    Use long focal lengths to accentuate the rain, or wide angle to minimize it.
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  4. bluzcity

    bluzcity Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jul 24, 2013
    Memphis, TN
    Throw some small desiccant packets in your bags to absorb moisture.
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  5. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Have them move the event indoors ;)
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  6. Get a decent waterproof camera like the TG-5?
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  7. drd1135

    drd1135 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Lexington, Virginia
    Sacrifice a chicken at midnight to the Drought gods. Barring that, the plastic bag trick always works for me.
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  8. Covey22

    Covey22 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Feb 3, 2012
    Fuji XP120 works great for that. Nothing exposed and nicely water resistant. Barring that, you may have seen my reviews on the OpTech Rain Sleeves in the GAS thread and elsewhere. They sell a small size that will fit your Olympus setup nicely.
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  9. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    Any special words? Maybe: Oh, Colonel Sanders, grant us . . .

    Cheers, Jock
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  10. Rick Waldroup

    Rick Waldroup Regular

    Apr 8, 2012
    Always carry a small, soft, cotton towel in your back pocket. Always. They come in handy for just about anything you can think of. The camera and lens you plan on using are perfect for that kind of weather.
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  11. Covey22

    Covey22 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Feb 3, 2012
    No, no - the invocation begins with "Finger lickin', finger lickin'..."
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