OK. I said it would be 3-4 weeks before my next post, and here it is eight weeks later. How time flies when you are recovering from two weeks of photo shooting, packing, unpacking, drying off etc. It's that last one, the drying off part, that really gets to me at times. It seems that no matter where I go, regardless of season, I get rained on.
Looks like an appropriate topic for this post. I have (sort of) gotten used to having it rain on me when traveling and shooting. I thought maybe sharing some of what I do might be of help to somebody.
First, I always carry one of those teeny umbrellas—the kind you can almost fit in a shirt pocket. I'm not too concerned with keeping myself dry since I usually have a hooded windbreaker to wear. Even with a large, 2-3 pound camera/lens combination, I can shoot fairly easily with the umbrella in one hand while it helps steady the lens and the camera in the other. It also helps that I have a battery grip mounted on my camera—that makes for more room to grab onto. I shoot with a Pentax dSLR that is weather sealed, so a bit of rain on it won't hurt. The lenses are another matter, so I make sure the umbrella shields the lens.
I have also made use of a great product called the RainSleeve. They make them in several sizes, varying according to the size of the lens you would have mounted on the camera. These things are made of clear plastic, like baggies, and fit over the camera body and lens. It is easy to operate all the controls and you don't have to worry about water getting on your gear. A big plus is that they add no weight, and can be carried in your pocket when not in use.
If you are one who prefers compact digital cameras, you can dispense with umbrellas and sleeves and get a waterproof camera. Most manufacturers make at least one model that can handle getting wet (some up to 10 feet or more under water) without damage. If your travel luck is like mine, next time you're in the market for a new camera, that might be what to look for.
For my next post, I think I'll go in to some of the problems I encounter when shooting under the clouds and how I try to work around them.