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Old 29-10-2006, 15:30   #1 (permalink)
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This year I'm determined not to let the rain keep me in the house, so what do you guys do to protect your cameras in the rain (I have an SLR that won't fit in my pocket!), whilst keeping them available to use?

And, who can suggest some good subjects or locations for rainy days (especially in and around West Yorkshire).

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Old 29-10-2006, 17:13   #2 (permalink)
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You could do some good people photography in shopping malls. What about any indoor sports, such as Ice Hockey ?
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The Deep is cheep and lots of photo ops
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You could do some good people photography in shopping malls.
That's what I tend to do - I would also recommend Leeds indoor market, Victoria Quarter and the Arcades. Tropical World at Roundhay is good but you need time to let your camera acclimatise to the humidity.
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You could do some good people photography in shopping malls.
A word of warning, alot of shopping malls don't like you taking photo's inside, if a security guard see's you, you might be asked to leave. Don't ask me why as I havn't a clue!
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A word of warning, alot of shopping malls don't like you taking photo's inside, if a security guard see's you, you might be asked to leave. Don't ask me why as I havn't a clue!
Well most malls are private property so they have every right to ask you to stop. Can't really see why they care though. I think there's certainly scope for shots around the city centre, specially now the nights are getting darker and the lights are on.

I'd not thought about the sports option so I might investigate that.

We have tickets for The Deep 'cause we went a month or two back and they gave us a free visit, I think it's within 6 months so that's a definite, any tips for shooting through the glass?

Tropical World is OK, there's a place near Sheffield that I prefer, can't remember the details but will look it up if anyone's interested. You're able to get a bit closer to the Butterflies etc. there and they have a nice outdoor area too.

Really I was looking for more outdoorsy ideas, what makes a good subject in the rain? Ducks? Not much spare cash for some of these indoor things, especially with two kids in tow.

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Well, I have a Rain Hood which does allow me to take shots like this (underneath a massive waterfall in NZ - you can just see the horizontal spray!)



But for light spitting I use a chamois - lay it over camera/lens and it stops drips forming (and can even be wrung out if it gets too wet)

Altogether better than them shopping centres with stroppy security trying to stop you taking pics!
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.....any tips for shooting through the glass?
I shot some at the National Maritime Aquarium in Plymouth a week or so back - you can see 4 or 5 shots in the Members Gallery. Some people say to have your lens touching the glass which is good as it stops lens blur, but you are restricted to what comes into view. Personally I use a high ISO and then wait for the fish to hover or track it using AI Servo. Either way you may see imperfections on the glass showing up on your shot but a bit of cloning will fix that.
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Go yo your local super market and bye a roll of duspin liners and some elastic bands and get out there. You can get some great shots.
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At one stage I made a waterproof covering using an old skylight filter and a snap type food bag.
It was ok but changing camera settings was difficult and the pop up flash fouled the bag.
As for what to photograph, well that's got me beaten.
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