Chris is back from his vacation in Tuscany. Sadly, he didn't take many pictures due to a storm that rolled through. But then he went to Siberia for a photo tour and he got some amazing shots of Lake Baikal, the world's largest fresh water lake that's about 1 mile deep and holds 20% of the world's water. Temperature differences are massive, swinging fro -40° to 104°. It's gorgeous because as the lake freezes over, the ice is clear and stunning. From a photography point of view it was very interesting. While it was cold, it wasn't as cold as he expected. Batteries can now function better in cold weather, and Chris recommends keeping them in your pocket where it's warmer until you need them. But they should last nearly normal.
One challenge can also be going from a cold area into a warmer indoor area and back. That can cause condensation. But the air is fairly arrid in cold areas like Siberia and it's not going to cause condensation.
Don't forget our current assignment - Water. Take a photo of, about or otherwise concerning the concept of "water" and then post it to the Tech Guy Group on Flickr. Make sure to tag it with the word "water" as well! And if Chris likes it, it could end up on next week's photo contest review segment!