This past weekend, my dad, brother and I decided to brave the cold and try our hand at winter camping. Armed with a few down jackets and sleeping backs, we loaded the packs and strapped on the snowshoes for a trek up to Boulder lake. After few exhausting miles of breaking trail, we were able to setup shop and hunker down right before a series of storms hit. Fortunately, as the sun began to set, the clouds cleared and the sky lent itself to the shot below. While I’d take a fly fishing rod and shorts in August over winter camping, it had its moments of bliss.

All of the photos below were shot with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF 24-70mm  f/2.8, TS-E 45mm f/2.8, EF 14mm f/2.8 and processed using VSCO. And a few quick tips for anyone interested in a little winter camping photography…

  • Take at least one battery per day of shooting & keep them inside a coat pocket and close to your body. The cold will kill them.
  • Practice hand holding at slow shutter speeds because backpacking usually doesn’t allow for you to bring a tripod. If you have room/weight, bring one.
  • Bring a minimal kit. I got along fine with a mid-range zoom lens and an ultra-wide. Wildlife is scarce, so there is no need for a telephoto lens.
  • If it snows, your front lens element is going to get wet, so a microfiber cleaning cloth is nice to clean it up.
  • Lastly, be sure to bring at least three Nalgene water bottles. Because water is scarce, you’ll have to melt snow in order to get water. You can do this with a camp stove or by lightly packing them with snow and placing them in the sun.
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  1. Aunt Jan says:

    Really nice photos, Trent! What a unique and memorable experience you all had!

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