The biggest problem I had was with my fingers. Working with cameras even while wearing the warmest gloves is a challenge. I would take them off for just a few seconds but it would get incredibly painful, like needles stabbing into your hands. It would take 10 to 15 minutes back in the gloves just to get the pain to subside. I remembered hearing on the radio the early warning signs of hypothermia such as shallow breathing, drowsiness, shaking and stumbling…check, check, and check. The batteries in my cameras died so I tried to shoot an Instagram, but even though my iPhone was inside several layers of clothing, it was frozen like a brick and wouldn’t even boot up.
Reuters photographer Jim Young on covering the polar vortex in Chicago (via Photographers Blog)
Mitt Romney in Florence SC. That’s the amazing Charlie Dharapak from AP on the left and his equally amazing colleague/competitor Jim Young from Reuters on the right. Two of the best political photogs in the business. (Taken with instagram)