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03/20/2019 10:51:38 AM · #1
Hi all! I'm hoping to get some fast answers. I'm travelling and will be doing some cold weather outdoor bird photography.

I've done it before -- but this time I want to do it right. And I have a bunch of questions:

1. Biggest question is that I don't have a camo cover for my lens. I've been told that light colors will scare these birds. I've never used a lens cover -- it sounds like the lens cant retract when the cover is on. That seems kind of silly to not have the capability of zooming out if necessary. Advise?

2. My hands hurt a lot when they get cold. Last time I was at my favorite bird spot, it was painful after a short time. I have photography gloves (I don't remember the brand, but the first finger and thumb can fold back, which is nice. But the gloves are NOT warm. Do you have any suggestions for warm photography gloves?

3. I've never shot in a blind before. Any thoughts on sitting for hours in a cold photography blind?

Thanks!!
03/20/2019 12:25:58 PM · #2
Hey Wendy - Substitute "hunting" for "photography" and you'll get some of the answers you're looking for.

I have Raynaud's that shows up in my hands (generally below 50 degrees) and there's two things that can be done to keep your hands warm (IMO).
1) Use hand warmers, either in your gloves directly (not as effective for keeping fingers warm) or ...
2) Use a hand warmer sleeve (like what football QB's use). They make these for hunters also in wonderful camo patterns. :-) I opt for the hand warmer sleeve most of the time. For short outings I'll just use hand warmers that you open the package and they get warm, for longer durations (like all day out with the Scouts on a campout) I have a Zippo brand hand warmer that uses lighter fluid and can keep my hands warm for at least 12 hours.

They also have (pretty sure) gloves that are made to hold a hand warmer in a pre-sewn sleeve.

For sitting in the cold for hours. Head, neck, feet, hands ... keep those warm and you'll go a long way towards staying comfortable. Wear a hat, a scarf to put around your neck, layers for your body (including a base layer), hands as mentioned above, and wear insulated boots (you can also get feet warmers - like you'd get for your hands, but larger).

There are other, more expensive, options out there ... look at Cabelas.com for ideas (search on 'warmer', etc...). I mention Cabela's only as a source that will show you some of the many options in their hunting departments. You can generally find what you need at a more reasonable cost elsewhere.

No opinions on the lens cover.

Good luck - and happy shooting!
03/20/2019 09:08:23 PM · #3
Sorry Wendy. I must have jinxed your thread by posting to it? :-}
03/20/2019 09:47:00 PM · #4
Originally posted by glad2badad:

Sorry Wendy. I must have jinxed your thread by posting to it? :-}


It's all your fault!!

The hand warmer sleeve sounds interesting - I'll check into it.
03/20/2019 10:11:56 PM · #5
i have a couple pair of similar to this: thinsulate glove mittens. Not a perfect solution but it helps. Probably those heat packets would help too, haven't had to use them yet. Oh, and do a jig in the bird blind, quietly. Good luck!
03/21/2019 10:55:16 AM · #6
Originally posted by skewsme:

i have a couple pair of similar to this: thinsulate glove mittens. Not a perfect solution but it helps. Probably those heat packets would help too, haven't had to use them yet. Oh, and do a jig in the bird blind, quietly. Good luck!


It has a phone pocket?!? Funky!

I never learned how to do a jig. I thought about doing the worm, but that could be dangerous when doing bird photography. :)
03/21/2019 11:05:01 AM · #7
Gadgets - Hand Warmers - they show the Zippo here too.

Sleeve / Hand Muff
05/03/2019 08:09:04 PM · #8
Originally posted by vawendy:

Hi all! I'm hoping to get some fast answers. I'm travelling and will be doing some cold weather outdoor bird photography.

I've done it before -- but this time I want to do it right. And I have a bunch of questions:

1. Biggest question is that I don't have a camo cover for my lens. I've been told that light colors will scare these birds. I've never used a lens cover -- it sounds like the lens cant retract when the cover is on. That seems kind of silly to not have the capability of zooming out if necessary. Advise?

2. My hands hurt a lot when they get cold. Last time I was at my favorite bird spot, it was painful after a short time. I have photography gloves (I don't remember the brand, but the first finger and thumb can fold back, which is nice. But the gloves are NOT warm. Do you have any suggestions for warm photography gloves?

3. I've never shot in a blind before. Any thoughts on sitting for hours in a cold photography blind?

Thanks!!


Look at the Valllerret Photography glove system. I spend an evening at 23 deg F at night and my fingers and hands were nice and toasty.

Vallerret Photography Gloves

I got mine at B&H
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