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05-19-2020, 06:03 AM - 1 Like   #1
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Laying on wet ground?

I'd like something that is easy to carry that I can spread on the ground and lay on while shooting at low levels in the woods. It's often wet. I have thought of a chaep plastic camo colored tarp. Does anyone have any better ideas?

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Tarp would work, of course. I've sometimes used an old shower curtain.
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i just usually get wet...
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A couple of garbage bags if you're really cheap or pressed for space and weight.

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The garbage bags sound good. They won't take up much space. After use they can be thrown away.

For something that is reusable, look in at the nearest camping store to see what they have.Something like this seems suitable.

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i just usually get wet...
Anything for the shot...
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I have a roll up picnic blanket with a waterproof side and a cloth side that we bought at a local grocery store or Walmart. Id bring that if I thought Id be out and on the ground for a while.
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QuoteOriginally posted by pepperberry farm Quote
i just usually get wet...
This ^ ^ ^ ...

...or rain gear.


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The cheap plastic picnic tablecloths fit in a pocket. They might come in green. I have a white one which i use as diffuser.
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Why not one of those pads made for changing diapers? Pretty waterproof, light, easy to fold.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Shakey Quote
I'd like something that is easy to carry that I can spread on the ground and lay on while shooting at low levels in the woods.
I used to carry a garbage bag split along the sides for length. Now I just hold the camera low and use my KP's flip screen.
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Plastic/nylon rain pancho work. Good to have in your pack in any case.
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If I'm expecting significant ground work, rain pants at a minimum (I do a lot of kneeling shots where my knees would be wet/muddy) and often rain jacket go in my bag or just wear; I've been out in a downpour for hours with my K-1 shooting just fine with rain gear, and except for my hands and face I managed to stay dry (thanks Pentax weather sealing!). If it's hot... then I'll usually accept getting wet and wear fast-drying synthetics.

Remember that 'seeping' water from the bottom of the camera is often more dangerous than rain drops running over the top. Try to keep a consistent orientation and restrict zooming if seals may be soaked to reduce water ingress.
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QuoteOriginally posted by fehknt Quote

Remember that 'seeping' water from the bottom of the camera is often more dangerous than rain drops running over the top. Try to keep a consistent orientation and restrict zooming if seals may be soaked to reduce water ingress.
My experience exactly. Slight drizzle with m42 lens and water got inside but hardly even beaded up outside. Full downpour with 40xs tipped down and no problem. Zoomed my plm after wiping and got fungus.
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Mindshift Gear from Think Tank Photo have a groundsheet that comes in a carry bag.
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