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A long time ago, I was a child. (I started out as Cathy First from Colon, Mi.) For the past several years I’ve been an adult. A lot of things went on between those two stages of life; probably no more or no less than anyone elses. My husband and I moved to “da U .P” from southern Lower Michigan several years ago (yes we were trolls at one time). We owned and operated and operate Clementz’s Northcountry Campground and Cabins just north of Newberry, Michigan until May 2015. We have grown kids and grandkids (who all live downstate). My passion is life and all that Nature has to offer us and trying to photograph it in unique ways. Our intention in life is to see all that Nature has to offer us. We hope that you will be a part of our adventures as we cruise through our lives together. Come back often!

Tuesday, June 02, 2009


A question for my shutter bug friends;

When I was involved with my 35mm camera, and was able to be outside in the cold, when I came back in the warm house or vehicle with the camera, I always put it in a gallon size zip lock type bag in order to HOPEFULLY prevent moisture from getting in the camera while it was warming up. Does anyone know if you should do that with a digital???


  1. I have a long plastic sleeve I use for my lens while I'm outside shooting in bad weather. I wonder though if you put it in the plastic bag AFTER you come in if you might be trapping the moisture inside?

  2. Shellmo, with my 35mm I actually did it AS SOON AS I WALKED IN THE DOOR or got in the vehicle. I THINK this "idea" came with the instruction book for the camera. I never had any problem with moisture getting inside (well as far as I know anyway!).

    Maybe ES will read this question and post his thoughts. Are you out there ES???? I'm wondering about the digital....

  3. The newer digital SLRs do very well in colder weather, unless it is wintry cold, like 20 degrees and down. When I did my winter pictures I kept my camera inside my coat with me while I walked around. It stayed warm and dry that way. No ill effects.
    But on a safe note, putting in a zip lock bag is always a good idea. Depends on the camera. Some of the really higher end $$ DSLRs are weather resistant, in most cases.
    Shellly, did you use a palpation sleeve on your camera? LOL! Good idea. I have access to plenty of those.

  4. DVM's wife, I hope I didn't give the impression that it is THAT cold here!! Actually today I was able to remove the tops of my long una-wares...but then I had been push mowing!

    Thanks for the info!

  5. I would not put it in a sealed bag...mainly because it will actually trap any moisture. And moisture is the enemy of anything electronic.

    The temp change issue really will only manifest itself if the equipment sits for a long time in a super cool dry A/C room then one goes outside into a super humid warm enviroment. And even then it will really only affect metal-bodied equipment and glass. Most consumer grade cameras have many plastic parts and this is unlikely to be a problem. Pro cameras and lens are metal but they are weather-sealed (as someone mentioned) but still susceptible to the A/C -> humid scenario mentioned above on the glass elements.

    In cold (esp extreme cold) the things to watch out for is keeping your battery warm and respecting your camera's temp operating range. You need to pay attention to this because the oils inside may not handle extreme cold. And cold also depletes the battery.

    Bottom line, I doubt you will encounter a problem if you simply enjoy your camera sans zip lock bag.

  6. ES, thanks so much for all valuable info in your comment!

    Last night, I was trying some different settings on my new camera (hummers was my target)...didn't have much luck! Oh, the settings work fine, but it was cold outside so I tried shooting from INSIDE. The faster focuse with the setting I was using didn't focus on the hummer every time!

  7. I will email a pix of one of the hummers at our cabin.

    We had two males and at least one female (the wife says two). We had two feeders up and left them full when we left. I will be returning next week just to refill. I might stain the cabin as long as I am there.

  8. Es, got the shot! Beautiful!! Due to the temps we have had, ants getting into your feeders while you are gone shouldn't be a problem! Good luck with the staining! We've been trying for 3 years to get the cabin roofs stained; it is either too windy or there are guests in the cabin.


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