- One must be a fox in order to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten off wolves. Machiavelli Niccolo
Walk on a Glacier
Charge up your battery
The number one issue we see on the ice is battery failure. Ensure you have plenty of power, including backup batteries. Remember cold temperatures will sap battery power faster than normal conditions so try and keep your batteries in a warm pocket when not in use.
Top tip: warming a dead battery may be enough to squeeze out another couples of shots.
Just like batteries, you can’t take photos if you don’t have enough room to store them on the memory card. It’s recommended to use one large capacity card over several small capacity cards, this reduces the chance of dropping a card when changing them over.
Secure your camera
Unfortunately cameras can, and will, fall into small crevasses or holes on the ice. Use your strap whenever possible, especially when handing your camera to someone else. If you do happen to drop your camera let your guide know. Even if the camera is damaged, it can normally be retrieved and on most occasions the memory cards still work so images can be recovered.
Don’t be afraid to use forced flash in bright sunlight when taking photos of people. Most cameras will get confused in bright sunlight so using the flash will help bring out the details of a person’s face. Top tip: Make sure the subject is 3-4 metres away for best results.
Hand over your camera
Don’t go home without a picture of yourself on the ice.