40 Below

My daughter modeling her new winter coat which is rated to keep her warm down to 40 below zero.

My daughter modeling her new winter coat which is rated to keep her warm down to 40 below zero.

If you remember, last year my daughter got a new coat for Christmas.  So, why,  you ask, does she need another new coat this year and one which should keep her warm down to 40 below zero?  The answer is she has accepted her first professional job in the northern plains state of North Dakota.  Wind chills in winter often are in the 20 to 30 below zero (Fahrenheit) range where she will be living.

This brings me to the teasers from the Christmas day blog post.  I will be helping her move via rental truck.  We leave early on New Year’s Day for the scheduled three day drive with stops in Chicago and Minneapolis along the way.  I’ll be twitting along the way and you can follow our progress here (see the Follow Me on Twitter in the left sidebar) or, if you’d like, you can follow me on Twitter directly by clicking on the link.

I will be using the WordPress iPhone App to update this blog a few times.  Don’t worry, I am bringing my camera.  I’ve been reading up on Winter Photography and how to handle extreme cold conditions.  I’ll be reporting how I do and hope to share with you some unique photos from the upper plains of the United States.

Do you have any cold weather photography tips or ways to stay warm in very cold weather?  I could really use them!  Leave me a comment!

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11 Responses to 40 Below

  1. Carsten says:

    She looks happy! Good shot Scott.

    Unfortunately I can give you no advise on keeping warm or taking photos in low temperatures. In Denmark it is usually not very cold. We are surrounded by the Baltic and the North sea with the Gulf stream. It helps keeping the temperatures at an acceptable temperature.

    Happy New Year to you and yours. And good luck to your daughter and her moving to North Dakota.

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  2. Gerry says:

    Such happy news! I am dying to know what she will be archiving.

    More gifts to tuck into the pockets of that wonderful coat: really warm insulated mittens (not gloves), a nice pair of SmartWool socks, and a soft gaiter (a fleece or knitted tube to pull over your face to protect it from wind or turn into a cap for walking the dogs or scrunch around your neck).

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  3. Congrats to your daughter, and good luck with the move!! Hope the roads stay clear and you won’t have to deal with what we went through on our drive to Chicago!! (I’ll be posting that on my blog soon) But where you will be driving will be used to snow and ice.
    How to stay warm? Dress in layers… lots and lots of layers!
    I’ve also read that putting the camera in a ziplock bag before you bring it in from the cold will prevent moisture to build up on and in the camera. Seemed to work well for me so far. Don’t forget to squeeze as much air out of the bag as possible.

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  4. montucky says:

    She will quickly come to know that parka as a good friend! I hope you have a good and safe trip. Warm clothes in the truck and water too.

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  5. imac says:

    A drop of the ol Irish whiskey – warms the cockles of the Heart.
    Happy New Year.

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  6. Chris says:

    Hi Scott, what a warm picture of your daughter! I wish you and your family all the best for the upcoming year. Love, happiness, great pictures and good health! Have a safe journey!

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  7. Anna Surface says:

    Hi Scott. Well, congrats to your daughter! I love the coat. In frigid temps, we wear Carhartt coveralls and insulated boots to stay warm. They are wonderful! Looks like are on an adventure for the start of the New Year. Looking forward to what you’ll post.

    Have a Happy and Safe New Year to you and yours!

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  8. Nye says:

    Have a safe trip Scott and looking forward to seeing more photos of the cold winter.

    And have a Happy New Year to you and your family.

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  9. giiid says:

    I´m not sure that I can find any advice that you don´t know about already, but many layers are important, -as Michaela wrote, and something to cover the face as Gerry said. Have you thought about bringing a good fat cream, -a fat version without water. The air is most likely very dry. I wouldn´t go any cold place without some fleece clothes and a fleece plaid. This is a long way you have to go now, I´ll look foreward to see and read about your experiences.

    Good luck with the move to your daughter, and have a safe drive.
    HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

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  11. Happy New Year Scott.

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