Hurricane Irma is the first hurricane I’ve been back home for. I started watching her expected path about a week before she actually came through. The last time I was home for a hurricane was 2004, and his name was Charley. He caused a lot of damage in my hometown, and I knew with Irma’s size and the anticipated direction she was thought to take I wanted to stay informed. I thought about taking myself and kids up to my dad’s in GA. After seeing she had been downgraded, and that we weren’t supposed to be in her direct path I decided to just stay put.
During the week leading up to Hurricane Irma, we prepped the best way we knew how. I got a couple cases of water, snacks and other necessary items, Nate and his bosses boarded up our windows, and his mom and I rearranged the garage so my car would fit.
The day before Hurricane Irma reached us was kind of a strange day. The temperature wasn’t awful, and in the morning there was a nice breeze… But as the day progressed, the signs that she was close arrived… the wind was much stronger by the evening and the sky was gray.
We knew with her so close we needed to get all the kids outside to release some energy. It was also my middle daughter’s 8th birthday. I don’t typically do a whole lot on their birthdays other than a gift and a meal at their favorite place, or home made dinner of their choice. But it was a real bummer to not really be able to do much of anything for her that day because of all the prepping and stores closing. She asked for a sushi date, so she and I will probably do that soon.
Summer is fun, and for many photographers this is the time where we try to take our gear in the water or find other methods of making underwater imagery. I’ve seen a few friends purchase and use the DiCAPac WP-S10 Pro DSLR Camera Series Waterproof Case and I was instantly curious. I waited and watched friends post pictures and share their thoughts.
I finally decided to pull the trigger and purchase the DiCAPac, and shortly after receiving it I saw in a group someone’s fell apart at the shutter release pocket. Still curious about how the DiCAPac performed, I did another water test before securing my camera in side and taking it to the beach.
The ocean must have been pretty angry Sunday because the waves were much bigger and rougher than any other weekend we’ve been… and we’ve been a lot over the last few months. But, nevertheless, I was still determined to test out my new toy.
If you’re taking your camera in the DiCAPac to the beach, I suggest setting your aperture before you even put the camera in the bag. I couldn’t reach the wheel on the back of the camera with the finger pocket to change it, so I set my aperture to f/5.6 and left it there all day. I don’t normally shoot at 5.6… or anything above 2.8 really.
I will admit that the DiCAPac is a bit cumbersome. I had to hold the lens sleeve right up to the lens otherwise what I was wanting to shoot had part of the sleeve in the photograph. I didn’t mind this for some of the photographs, but other times I wish I had a better grip on it.
I did notice that the finger pocket is sensitive. I did continually check it to make sure it didn’t rip. I mean, the ocean waves hit quite a bit harder than normal. But, I think if it were a calm day I wouldn’t have worried so much. I did submerge the DiCAPac a few times, but not intentionally… again, the waves. I may have been smacked right in the face a few times.
I also want to make mention that I have no intention on fully submerging this contraption on purpose. While my friends images of their people completely underwater are awesome, I just don’t think this is the right tool for that. My main goal with the DiCAPac was to just be able to get in the water with my children and not worry about my camera being damaged.
Overall, even with the DiCAPac being somewhat bulky and having to hold the lens sleeve to the lens, I’m happy with it. I can get in the water with my people and my camera. I can take pictures of water splashing and my children happy. They can play in the water and I can get close without worrying about whether or not I’m going to have water damage.
No matter what apparatus you’re using to get in the water, always always ALWAYS do a water test before putting your gear inside, check for any potential damage to the outside of the DiCAPac for water to get into the bag… and have fun!
So. We’re moved.
Things are mostly unpacked.
The kids are enjoying their new spaces.
and I am enjoying all the new spaces to photograph them in.
So. We’re moving again.
Not far. Just down the road.
We have to pack all over again.
I will admit… I am super excited for this move. We’ve walked through the house a couple of times, during different times of the day, and I am beginning to feel inspired again. I know that sounds strange to be inspired by a move, but to be honest, moving from the Seattle area earlier this year completely drained me emotionally. I haven’t really felt the need or want to photograph much of anything for a while.
This move feels like a fresh start.