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Thread: Lessons from a shoot gone wierd

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    Dec 2001
    San Joaquin Valley, California

    Lessons from a shoot gone wierd

    My plans were for some night shots with a 5x7 & aero-ektar, but my kludge mount was too fragile so the night shoot became a day shoot with the 8x10 (luckily I had five holders already loaded with FP-4+ and a 19" Artar which badly needed to go out to play) I packed everything up in a light colored Rubbernaid Rough Neck plastic bin with a snap on lid since the Igloo was already packed for a different format. I left early this morning and headed over Tioga Pass with some delicious looking dark clouds overhead. After lunch at the Whoa Nellie Deli (I had the cheeseburger---I should have ordered the lobster taquitos and mango margarita but I had a lot of driving left to do ) I thought I'd shoot some of the hanging valleys with pocket glaciers on the South side of Lee Vining Canyon and maybe a bit of the Hall Preservation Area. There was a breeze, but not a bad one coming down the canyon so I set up next to the truck, using it as a wind break. I set up, focused on the gg, closed the shutter and reached for a film holder (old black Kodak woodies with metal tops) and.....ouch!
    These things were too hot to handle! Now it wasn't that hot at 8,000'----it certainly wasn't hot enough to be uncomfortable to touch the sheet metal on the truck so I'm wondering if it is the plastic box thats the problem? Being light colored, it should (according to AA no less) reflect heat. FWIW the Rough Neck rode on the passenger seat exposed to the sun (just as I was in the driver's seat)
    I'm going back to using an Igloo cooler for a "camera bag."
    I steal time at 1/125th of a second, so I don't consider my photography to be Fine Art as much as it is petty larceny.

    “Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.” --- GKC

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    Moderator Ralph Barker's Avatar
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    Sep 1998
    Rio Rancho, NM

    Re: Lessons from a shoot gone wierd

    Maybe your Rough Neck tote needs a foil cap and gown?

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    Join Date
    Jun 2001
    Northwest of Chicago

    Re: Lessons from a shoot gone wierd

    Is the Rough Neck translucent? If it is, I think you made a nice greenhouse to keep your holders nice and warm in, which I think is what Ralph was hinting at.

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    Re: Lessons from a shoot gone wierd

    I think even if it is light colored, being sealed up and sitting in the sun turns your roughneck into an easybake oven.

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    Join Date
    Mar 2004

    Re: Lessons from a shoot gone wierd

    It wouldn't take the frying (roasting?) of too many photographic items (sheets of film, filmholders, cemented lenses) to add up to the cost of another Igloo cooler. And if you put a couple of those blue freeze gizmos in, wrapped in towels to slow down the heat transfer, you should be good for Death Valley in summertime.

    If you _have_ to use the plastic totes, consider that in the North African deserts the locals historically tended to wear layers of clothing, mostly wool. (Reflect as much heat as possible, and keep the rest from leaking into the occupant.) Draping a white blanket over your tote would probably make all the difference in the world.

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    Dec 2004

    Re: Lessons from a shoot gone wierd

    Once when shooting in Death Valley in the morning, I turned my camera toward the increasingly hot sun, in between taking pictures, and my bellows started smoking. What I surmise happened was that the lens was focusing the sunlight onto a spot on my bellows. Yikes!

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    Re: Lessons from a shoot gone wierd

    John, next time put a marshmallow in there. It smells better than the bellows and you also get a tasty treat in no time.

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