Late yesterday evening I wrapped up my 2022 workshop for Arctic Fox in the far north of Iceland with the return drive to Reykjavik. We had planned to fly back to the capital city, but winter conditions saw the cancellation of the return flight and execution of Plan B. Strong winds at 42 meters per second delayed us in Borganes, but we all made it safely back to Reykjavik. Winter conditions this year were absolutely superb with a fantastic covering of fresh snow. Arctic Fox were active in the area and I will have a full trip report with photographs up on my website on my return to Australia.
The Canon EOS R3 performed flawlessly in the difficult and unpredictable Iceland winter conditions. During the week we spent photographing Arctic Fox I subjected the camera to the same sort of abuse I usually put my 1-Series (1DXMK3) through (leaving it in the snow for extended periods) and the camera performed without issue. Although it was never colder than around -20º Celsius with wind chill (air temp fluctuating between -6C and -10C), there were no issues with battery life or performance. We did have very consistent temperatures during the workshop; which is somewhat unusual for Iceland’s freeze/thaw climate.
Today I am making my way from Iceland over to Finland for my Winter Wildlife workshop. I expect much colder temperatures in the north of Finland; which should prove an even better test for the Canon EOS R3. We are looking forward to Wolves in a deep winter setting as well as Golden Eagle and many other winter birds. See you in Finland.