Maybe a better title for this one (and I completely stole this from Alicia) would have been “The Secret Lives of the Super Plungers”.
That said, it’s possible the writing is a bit shaky on this one – but hopefully the story successfully highlights this team’s efforts to raise money and awareness for Oregon Special Olympics.
So, here it is, my next photo story over on Exposure – The Super Plungers.
Just for fun – I posted one of the Contours on a lamp post set to capture the action once a second. The second camera (set to HD video), was worn by a search and rescue volunteer in the river.
The result? A quick (3:40) overview of the day’s Plunge.
Had the opportunity to visit Bend this last weekend to shoot the 2014 Polar Plunge to support Oregon Special Olympics. This was my second time at this event – and to be honest, it’s just a heck of a lot of fun.
This year, the rain broke just about the time plunger registration started – making for a great morning. And, as expected, the water was a bit chilly.
Part of the event is the costume contest – though not required – it probably helps as a bit of distraction to the near icy waters.
Considered labeling this next one “More Beard!”.
For this event – I have the opportunity to be in the water so as to photograph the plungers as they race in and race out of the very cold river.
To stay warm – I wear extra thick socks and a very good pair of chest-high fishing waders (Thanks, Jim!). They’re actually quite warm and keep me dry. On the camera – I use a Kata rain bag and usually keep a lens cloth in my hand (in the bag) to brush off any drops that may get on the lens.
The Kata bag is a great cover and though it can accommodate up to a 70-200mm lens – I was using a 17-55mm for this event.
There are also plenty of Search-and-Rescue folks out to help “just in case”. This fellow was kind enough to wear one of the Contours. In this photo – you can see that the camera is wet. The cool thing about the Contours are that they’re water resistant to a meter and should be good with “incidental” water. And though I do have a waterproof case for it – I was hedging that splashing plungers constituted “incidental”. I’m still not completely comfortable using these camera yet – but the more footage I get – the more I dig them.
And what’s a Plunge without a Polar Bear?
Two weekends – two plunges!
Had a chance to head on over to Bend this last weekend to snap a few photos from their Polar Plunge to support Oregon Special Olympics. A great crowd!
This weekend I wore thicker socks and it made a huge difference in keeping my feet warm while wearing the waders. 🙂
And just in case you missed them – here are a few from the Corvallis Plunge.
(Thanks, again, Jim, for loaning me the waders. They worked great.)
On Saturday morning I had the opportunity to head on down to the Corvallis Polar Plunge – an annual event that supports Oregon Special Olympics.
Thanks, Jim, for loaning me the waders.