I have very dear friends who like to do crazy things, and last weekend was an event called Mud Sweat and Tears. Choice of a 5km or 10km option of an obstacle course -climbing over big round plastic wrapped hay bales, crawling under barbed wire, wading through waist deep water. You get the idea 🙂
Now the weather on the day was *perfect* – it rained and rained and rained. Since it had been doing the same the day before I went prepared, or so I thought.
Here are some pix to give you an idea of what the event was like
Now due to the heavy rain and conditions I was quite concerned about my camera, as you can imagine. While I was able to take cover under a tent of a pro shooter who was setup at the barbed wire crawl, there was not a lot of cover otherwise.
So it was an EXCELLENT learning experience:
– I went prepared with two layers of pants on and took spare pants and socks, but forgot to take a spare dry pair of shoes 😦
– need to buy gumboots
– need to buy waterproof pants
– need to buy waterproof jacket but one a few sizes too big so that it puffs open enough at the front so I can shelter the camera in it (I actually wore my biking jacket but it was too tight to do the job well)
– my plan for gloves with a finger cut open for the shutter button works well, tho that fingertip got really cold LOL
– need to spray something on the surface of the gloves to give them some ‘stick’ they are a bit smooth and don’t grip securely
– my hat is nicely waterproof and warm
– putting the lens hood on keeps rain off the front of the lens
– I should have shot with a faster shutterspeed. People were moving faster than I realised
– the rain was so heavy the camera often focussed on it instead of the person which was a bit frustrating.
So yesterday I went and bought a nice long (mid thigh) waterproof jacket, has flaps over the pockets, a flap down the front zip and velcro so you can do the cuffs up tightly. And its several sizes too big and just right for tucking a camera down the front of 🙂
I priced up waterproof pants as well and will get them another time – good gear was expensive. I also got a small cushion in waterproof fabric to kneel on. Some kind of knee protection was something I should have got a while ago, my knees keep telling me.
I did also see a couple of options of those pop open tents – one was a pyramid shape sunshade option and one was a long bivouac option – something like those would be a good portable option for the one person photographer. Hadn’t occured to me til I saw the pro guy with his tent up (with a flash under an umbrella off to the side).
Overall the day was a blast. Except for having cold feet at the end of the day due to lack of dry shoes I was quite warm the entire time and my camera seems to have suffered no lasting harm. I did have my weathersealed 70-200 F4 IS on. I left both out on the lounge floor that night while the fire was on to properly dry out.
I was sad that I didn’t have better quality images of my friends (mine were a bit motionblurred) but they were happy to have some record of the event.
One thing that I didn’t think about was the fact it was a public event. Imagine my dismay when I opened the paper on Monday morning to find a WHOLE PAGE of photos from the event!!! It never even occured to me to send any pix in to the media, but it will now 🙂 Maybe one day they will use one LOL