January 6, 2014 Brrrrrrr

 

I hate Winter.  So naturally with the temps dropping well below zero, it was time for some images.  Just how stupid am I?

However, this web site gets viewers from all over the world; 129 countries visited here in 2013 (including North Korea! — although it was 1 visit only).  Many have never experienced very cold temps, so here ya go.

The music for this page is “Time Pieces” by Eric Clapton, which was one of his early greatest hits records.  I must admit hitting the skip button for Layla; sacrilege in Minnesota.  I’m sorry, but after a great intro, that song just goes nowhere.  Very lame.  I don’t get it.  I also don’t get Minnesota sacred cows of Michelob (very bad beer) and Olive Garden (very lame Italian food), but these people just love them (sometimes while listening to Layla….yikes).

 

JAN_6_2014__001Nikon D5000 with a Nikkor 18-70mm F/3.5-4.5G ED lens shot at F/4.5 and a 1/13 of a second shutter speed. ISO 800.  Focal length: 70mm (APS-C).

Cold indeed; emphasized by the blue light of pre-dawn.  I shot this from inside my car, hand-held (no vibration-compensation), with the D5000 firmly resting on my steering wheel.  Not bad for a 70mm shot at 1/13 of a second.  The first two tries were soft, and this is the third attempt.  Interesting the warm colors of red and orange and their very frosty message.

 

 

 

JAN_6_2014__004Nikon D5000 with a Nikkor 18-70mm F/3.5-4.5G ED lens shot at F/9 and a 1/250 of a second shutter speed.  ISO 100.  Focal length: 52mm (APS-C).

Do you know what this is?  The snow-caked rear windshield of a Honda Accord.  It looked cold to me so I fired away.  It still looks cold, so here it is.

 

 

 

JAN_6_2014__002Nikon D5000 with a Nikkor 18-70mm F/3.5-4.5G ED lens shot at F/9 and a 1/500 of a second shutter speed.  ISO 200.  Focal length: 27mm (APS-C).

Time for the ubiquitous boiling water into the -20F air trick.  Mike Staricha did the honors, and as you can see, the water just vaporized.  I wanted to try more takes, but each cup needs 3 minutes in the microwave, and we didn’t have that time to wait.

 

 

 

JAN_6_2014__003Nikon D5000 with a Nikkor 18-70mm F/3.5-4.5G ED lens shot at F/10 and a 1/400 of a second shutter speed.  ISO 200.  Focal length: 18mm (APS-C).

The remnants of said water; still interacting with the much colder environs.  The cold temps took out my first battery, so I’m glad I had a back-up.  ALWAYS have a second battery ready…ALWAYS!

 

 

 

JAN_6_2014__005Nikon D5000 with a Nikkor 18-70mm F/3.5-4.5G ED lens shot at F/8 and a 1/160 of a second shutter speed.  ISO 100.  Focal length: 52mm (APS-C).

Nothing says cold better than cars running to warm up.  There were plenty to chose from on this day.  The Minnesota road-salt and accumulated ice adds some character.  Note the exhaust plume moving from left to right.  Those winds sported -40 to -50F wind-chills that caused my ears to burn.  Time to head inside.

 

If you think today was cold, it was, but I have seen much worse.  Check out this image I took back in February of 1996:

feb96

 

 

 

Now THAT is cold!  Mama!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today’s shoot wasn’t -37F, but it was bad enough to cause me to lose my lens cap.  I hardly EVER lose lens caps, so I’m irritated about that.

 

all images © Scott Woelm – January 2014