Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Seeing Olbrich's Bolz Conservatory through the fog of winter lens condensation
A canary became a spot of foggy yellow in the tropical Bolz Conservatory at Madison's Olbrich Botanical Gardens when shot through the fog of lens condensation caused by bringing a cold camera into the warm, moist air. It seemed to work for this photo, but in general, if you're planning to take pictures both indoors and outdoors at Olbrich in the winter, take the indoor photos first. Otherwise, your camera will be hopelessly fogged for quite a while. Trying to wipe it off is not good for the delicate lens coating, and you'll just have to wait. And wait.
Winter Photography Note: This is the season that cold cameras become condensation magnets when brought into almost any indoor environment. If you need to use the camera soon after coming indoors, you can minimize the problem by putting the camera into a Ziploc bag before going in. The condensation will fog up the bag instead of the camera, and you can warm the camera while it's in the bag by any available means -- a warm hand is better than nothing, a warm air vent or hair dryer is even better.