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Old February 9th, 2011, 01:23 AM   #1
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I think I'll give this location a miss...

A BBC news item about sulphur (that's sulfur to some of you folks!) miners.
BBC News - Sulphur mining in an active volcano

From about 8 paragraphs into the story:
"During filming, the BBC crew was enveloped in a toxic cloud 40 times the UK's safe breathing level (no limits exist for the miners). Corrosive air-borne particles ate into the cameras, which promptly broke down."

Strike this one off the list for exotic weddings.
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Old February 9th, 2011, 07:04 AM   #2
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.I bet it did destroy their gear! I can't imagine working in that sort of condition, day after day. It always amazes me when we travel to third world nations especially to see what people will do just to survive.

We were in Honduras and Nicaragua last fall, and I shot some footage at a palm oil processing facility. One of the jobs there is to tend enormous mountains of decomposing palm fronds and husks, which they sell for fertilizer. Constatnly smoldering, rotting piles of it 40 feet high and a thousand feet long, and the workers stand on top of it in 40+C heat, raking...all for $6.00 US a day, and they are happy they have work.
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Old February 9th, 2011, 08:38 AM   #3
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Strike this one off the list for exotic weddings.
Some people consider it a good place to take their steadicam for some off-road running:

Check out the shots at 6:00 and following.
YouTube - Working Man's Death - Ghosts

That cameraman is definitely crazy. But crazy good, also :)
I'd like to know what steadicam he was flying there. I guess something small and light, also considering that you can probably throw away the camera after the shoot...
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Old February 9th, 2011, 08:43 AM   #4
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Here's another location I'd not want to be shooting in. The guy gets blown off his feet by a roadside bomb as he's filming - takes a very hard landing - and then like a true pro he gets up and just carries on filming (amazingly the camera kept working).

Think I'll stick to corporate film production...

Video: Moment car bomb explodes in Iraq caught on camera - Telegraph
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Old February 9th, 2011, 09:56 AM   #5
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So...I guess I really had no right to complain about shooting in a parking lot when it was 115 deg outside! Or at a construction site when it was 20 deg!
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Old February 9th, 2011, 09:42 PM   #6
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Or in Tucson last week when it was around 15???
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