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…From the edge cli­mates such as Alaska, Ice­land, and Rus­sia. Work­ing in th­ese places in­volves a lot more ef­fort, and I have al­ways been a bit masochis­tic. I be­lieve you have to suf­fer for your pho­tog­ra­phy. Well, you and the surfers are swimming in bru­tally cold wa­ter. We are talk­ing [tem­per­a­tures just above freez­ing]. It’s even worse on the beaches be­cause of the wind chill. This kind of cold re­ally takes its toll on your gear, par­tic­u­larly bat­tery life. There isn’t a sin­gle cam­era bat­tery that can last long at such tem­per­a­tures. All I can do is keep my bat­ter­ies in a pouch close to my chest, so my body helps to keep them warm.

It’s also re­ally im­por­tant to keep the cam­eras in the same cli­mate they will be fac­ing out­side. You can’t keep them in warm ho­tel rooms or cars and then sud­denly take them out­side, be­cause the lenses will fog up. cam­era well, par­tic­u­larly the lim­i­ta­tions of its dy­namic range. I tend to shoot the white wash (when the waves crash onto the beach) by over­ex­pos­ing by two stops. This helps you to bring back de­tail at the edit­ing stage.

It’s hard to think about cre­ative com­po­si­tion when you’re strug­gling with the cold, but this is just some­thing that comes with ex­pe­ri­ence. You can’t teach it. As re­gards light­ing, I’m very in­ter­ested in mak­ing the most of the avail­able nat­u­ral light, so I hardly ever use flash or lights. Not re­ally, but I once had to be dragged out of the sea and taken back to the car. My legs were like a pi­rate’s peg legs. I couldn’t feel any­thing. Sev­eral of the surfers have gone hy­pother­mic. We don’t camp; we just turn up to the beaches in cars, so we need some

1 (Pre­vi­ous page) Lo­foten Is­lands, Norway Chris says: “Dane Gu­dauskas does his best to stand out amidst the un­tamed Arc­tic coast­line.”

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