American Bushman

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Monday, December 22, 2008

Thirty Below

How do you capture what 30 below 0 feels like?

Sitting at the airport yesterday I was compelled to shoot several pictures trying to convey what it was like to be exposed to temperatures driven down to -30 by the wind.

The runways and the wide open space were covered in blowing snow and ice. There was a haze over the tarmac and planes moved in and out of it appearing and disappearing like giant lumbering ghosts.

After shooting more than 50 pictures in the course of an hour I still don't think I've effectively captured what it feels like when it's so cold.

And then, two and a half hours later, we were sitting in Orlando where the temperature was 78°...

Thanks for reading,



At 11:46 AM, Anonymous said...

Typical wind chill temperature in my neck of the woods. This morning -15F raw, not counting the wind.

Get above treeline here, about 4800 ft above sea level, and figure on -30F with 70-mph winds.

At 7:05 AM, Blogger American Bushman said...

Properly dressed, -15 would still be tolerable.

Dressing as we did, for Florida, at -6 was tough. There's always a balancing act between the chill of Chicago and the heat and humidity of Florida.

Dressing appropriately for either place could leave you miserable at one end of the trip or the other.

Thanks for your comment,



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