Landscape photographer’s Essential Clothing Guide- Doc Miles Photo Tours of SF
October 12, 2014 • Leave a Comment
On my tours the weather is unpredictable fog not withstanding, one thing is consistent. It will be cold. San Francisco is generally about 50ºƒ to 65ºƒ year around. Sure, we have warmer days and colder days, but you can count on the temperatures to hold at normal most of the time.
When we are touring out in the Marin Headlands, the wind can bring the ambient temperature chill factor below 45ºƒ, even in the summer months. Having warm outer clothing is essential to be comfortable during the four or five hour tours.
With that being said, I usually have a couple of warm jackets and hats for clients that come unprepared.
I want to share the kind of outer gear I believe is essential to have in this environment. No matter where you travel as a landscape photographer you must be prepared for changes in the weather.
Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket - This lightweight little beauty can be packed into its own pocket and worn as a layer or single jacket on cool days. For everyday wear or under a Patagonia Down Sweater in the colder areas, it is a must have for the outdoor photographer.
Five Ten Shoes – Hands down (or feet down), Five Ten shoes. After being turned on to this brand by Louie Loupe of the Loupe Brothers Tours, I am a solid devotee. They have a patented “Stealth Rubber Sole” that grips rock, loose gravel and soil and slip rock like a lizard. The make several types including an underwater version used in Zion National Park’s Narrows rentals. These shoes have their origins in rock climbing so they are well tested in extreme situations. I have several pair in different models from hiking boots to street wear. Most of their line is sold online.
Underwear – All that upper wear is great then the biting wind rips at your legs and bottom. Patagonia Capilene® 2 lightweight bottoms are perfect for the cooler weather when you just need that extra layer.
Knit Cap & Scarf – Any brand will do, but having them handy is a big plus.
Gloves – Under Amour and North Face make great liners gloves with a “grippy” pattern on the palm and fingers that allow you to use an iPhone and feel all the setting on your camera.
Tripod Leg Warmers – Seriously, here is the thing; tripod legs get cold and can be cold to carry. Wrapping pipe insulation around the legs keeps a comfortable distance between you and the tripod. It also cushions when you carry it over your shoulder. You can buy the from B&H, but The Home Depot pipe foam insulation works just as well.
Well, that’s the rundown. I hope your next outdoors photo shoot is with Doc Miles Photo Tours.
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