Originally Posted by PrestonR
I might go on a short ski trip with a couple friends, I have absolutely no experience skiing but I do want to take a camera... Specifically my mamiya C330 with 80/2.8 and some kodak tri-x.
Would this be practical?
What are good ways to carry and store the camera when partaking in such an activity?
Tips for shooting skiers/snowboarders?
I admire your spirit, but if you really don't have any experience skiing, this seems a recipe for both a ruined camera and physical pain. I live in a ski resort, and if I take a good camera out, it is with the intention of only taking pictures, and not doing any serious skiing. Even if I was intending on skiing I would have to accept, in advance, the possibility of ruining my camera, so would not take a camera I was not willing to destroy. It is just December, and we have already had two people die on the hill here. We can tell ourselves that if we are careful, it's all under control, but that's not how it works on snow. Stuff happens. If you have not skied before, you are going to fall, possibly in the parking lot. Trying to manage an unwieldy camera on top of all the other gear you are not accustomed to dealing with isn't going to make it any easier.
Having said that, Ko.Fe. has offered some good tips. With that camera, I would advise either dedicating the day to skiing, or photography, but not both. Getting arresting shots on the bunny slopes isn't usually going to happen because everyone is going 2 miles an hour, though photos of young kids can be great there. If you can get up higher next to a high speed run, underneath a jump, you can get some good shots, but stay well off to the side, out of everyone's way. Try not to be a nuisance, both for your safety and the safety of others.
As to the Tri-X, depends on the results you are aiming for. I live in a place completely covered with snow 8 months out of the year. Trying to be consistently interesting with B&W film in this environment is challenging. There is no tonal range.
Also, if the weather is decent, you are going to have brighter lighting conditions than anything found outside of Venus. I'd recommend some Pan F 50, or Velvia, just in case. If you make it to the top of the mountain and take pix of your friends overlooking the valley, with the snow underfoot, and the unbelievably blue sky in the background you will wish you had some color film, and/or some ND filters.
Just my 2 cents worth. You could not pay me to ski with a C330, but I've become risk adverse. If your friends are good skiers, and they are encouraging this, they are not your friends
But, God Bless you for even considering this.