• Nikon D700 w/ Grip
  • Nikon 24-70 for pre-swim and post-swim
  • Nikon 14-24 maybe for all swimmers shot
  • Nikon 70-200 for swim
  • Nikon 1.7 ext in case switching to DX still can’t get far enough
  • Think Tank Photo StreetWalker Hard Drive Backpack
  • Bogen Tripod
  • Think Tank Rain Cover for Camera
  • Back up Nikon D700 body

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 1ST 2009 1.00pm
http://www.longbeachpolarbears.org

Guinness Book of World Records will be there as this is said to be the largest Polar Bear Swim ever

I will be selling photos to participants and will donate a large portion of my profit to the Make A Wish Foundation as that is what the swim is fund raising for

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Enjoy the plunge!

    We had our annual polar bear plunge in this area a few months back it was 17 degrees out and the water temp was a nice and toasty 31 degrees, they rescue swimmers go in and clear the ice before they let the plungers plunge it was a great time by everyone there and they raised alot of money for a great cause (YMCA familly fund here), http://www.studiobrad.com/PolarPlunge/ I just really enjoyed it, and it was my first plunge to ever go to. I mainly used my 70-200 as I was some disatance from the people getting into the water. One suggestion I do have, is if your tripod is metal put some kind of cloth wrap around the leggs to help cut down on that Cold Metal chill you get from grabbing it.

    Next year Im thinking of being a participant and not just an observer, Im looking forward to your results.

  2. Brad,

    Thanks for the tip and for sharing your photos. I’ve never been to a Polar Swim so I’m sure it will be interesting to say the least. I don’t think I’d ever do it myself but I will do my part by taking pictures. My tripod has the soft cushion thing around one of the legs and a strap to carry around so my hands won’t freeze too much.

    Were you on a boat taking most of these? The angle looks as though were either on a boat or across the water.

    Scott

  3. Enjoy the plunge!

    We had our annual polar bear plunge in this area a few months back it was 17 degrees out and the water temp was a nice and toasty 31 degrees, they rescue swimmers go in and clear the ice before they let the plungers plunge it was a great time by everyone there and they raised alot of money for a great cause (YMCA familly fund here), http://www.studiobrad.com/PolarPlunge/ I just really enjoyed it, and it was my first plunge to ever go to. I mainly used my 70-200 as I was some disatance from the people getting into the water. One suggestion I do have, is if your tripod is metal put some kind of cloth wrap around the leggs to help cut down on that Cold Metal chill you get from grabbing it.

    Next year Im thinking of being a participant and not just an observer, Im looking forward to your results.

  4. Brad,

    Thanks for the tip and for sharing your photos. I've never been to a Polar Swim so I'm sure it will be interesting to say the least. I don't think I'd ever do it myself but I will do my part by taking pictures. My tripod has the soft cushion thing around one of the legs and a strap to carry around so my hands won't freeze too much.

    Were you on a boat taking most of these? The angle looks as though were either on a boat or across the water.

    Scott

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