Rode Hard And Put Away Almost Dry

I generally spend the extra money on professional grade equipment so my gear holds up when put through less than ideal conditions. Which I do often because it’s where my muse leads me. To wit: I spent one afternoon first and the next morning second shooting a time lapse slider sequence behind a handmade waterfall.

Using my trusty TB3 Black, Dynamic Perception Stage 0 Dolly, Canon 70D and Sigma 10-20mm wide angle zoom lens, it was moist to say the least…

No, the camera did not go into the water but it got wet. Oh well it needed a good cleaning anyway.
No, the camera did not go into the water but it got wet. Oh well it needed a good cleaning anyway.

My first inclination was to set the camera horizontally behind the waterfall, move it forward and stop just before it got drenched. Of course in that scenario no matter how hard I tried using magical thinking, my gear would have been ruined. Wrapping everything in protective plastic would have made the move so difficult to pull off cleanly, it would not have been worth the effort. Think THX-1138.

(If you get the movie reference and are local call me for a free headshot session. 3rd caller only. Operators are standing by.)

I revisited my set-up and decided this point-of-view works better with the time lapse sequence photographed several weeks earlier that this waterfall sequence cuts to. All of this is for the ending to a particularly stunning and all consuming five-month time lapse shoot.

I don’t want to think too much about whether or not my gear will hold up. I want to be careful of course but I want to get the shot even more. Especially when I’m being paid what I think is an appropriate fee. So it’s off to the danger zone I go…with towels, rubber-soled boots, sandbags, straps, a small ladder and whatever else I need to ensure my set up is righteous.

The video is in post-production and was waiting for these last pieces when I decided to revisit some edits. I plan to have this piece completed in a month or two. Stay tuned.

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Michael Stern

My work depicts, appreciates and honors the people who build. Their specialized equipment and stunning challenges are marvels I behold and get paid to interpret. Hope you enjoy this site.

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  1. I felt pain thinking of the wet camera… ouch!

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