Too Hot to Walk

SONY ILCE-6000 (23mm, f/8, 1/125 sec, ISO100)

I think the images of that blog post are not in the correct chronological order. I guess I missed to check the time, date setting on my cameras before the trip.

That’s only one of the things you need to take care of if you shoot with more than one camera. The other thing is to match the colours of the images of the different cameras so that the look all the same.

This can be a painstaking process especially if one of the cameras is a Sony. Auto white balance is a pain in the neck with those cameras. I had massive problems with my Sony A7R and on this trip with the Sony A6000. If you use more than one camera I recommend to stick to one brand and preferable to one sensor (generation). That is my plan for the next trip to the USA. I don’t know yet what camera I will buy before the trip to reduce the number of lens changes but I’m sure it will be a Fuji with a 24 MP sensor.

And I will check that the time on both is exactly the same before I start shooting.

SONY ILCE-6000 (52mm, f/7.1, 1/125 sec, ISO100)
SONY ILCE-6000 (74mm, f/6.3, 1/160 sec, ISO100)
SONY ILCE-6000 (57mm, f/6.3, 1/125 sec, ISO100)
FUJIFILM X-T1 (55mm, f/10, 1/320 sec, ISO200)
FUJIFILM X-T1 (55mm, f/10, 1/280 sec, ISO200)
FUJIFILM X-T1 (55mm, f/10, 1/105 sec, ISO200)
FUJIFILM X-T1 (128mm, f/10, 1/80 sec, ISO200)

In the afternoon we drove around in the desert but before that we had lunch at one of the restaurants in Stove Pipe Wells. We have eaten here before but that’s not by accident. There are not too many choices here. But the food is good and the prices are reasonable. Not what you expect at a remote place.

After lunch I recognised this car in the parking lot. Obviously a new model of the Chrysler Voyager. It had black tape on the body but what really caught my eye was the emergency stop on the dashboard.

In one of our previous visits we saw a couple of Volvo XC60 and V70 just outside of the visitor centre. All in the same strange colour and all equipped with laptops on the passenger seats.

FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (13.8mm, f/4, 1/1600 sec, ISO200)
FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (24mm, f/8, 1/200 sec, ISO200)
FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (12.6mm, f/8, 1/680 sec, ISO200)
FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (24mm, f/8, 1/200 sec, ISO200)
FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (24mm, f/10, 1/450 sec, ISO200)

Before we left for our evening ride to a place called artists palette we stopped by the visitor centre again to take a picture of the outside thermometer outside. 129 degrees Fahrenheit or almost 54 degrees Celsius for the rest of the world. I guess it’s not too much to call this fucking hot. It is my new temperature record though 45 degrees in India feel much more unpleasant than this. Here in the desert the humidity is only 3%.

My Fuji X Pro-2 got very, very warm too. Almost uncomfortable to hold but it didn’t shut down. It was much tougher than me. Below you can see my picture of the artist palette (it’s the blueish rocks in the upper left of the frame). After one day in the desert I simply didn’t want to walk down there to visit the place. My wife stayed in the car and she asked me to leave the engine running. I just took a couple of pictures before I returned back to the car.

It’s hard to imagine how the gold diggers here managed to deal with the heat in the summer. Very tough people for sure.

FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (10mm, f/10, 1/350 sec, ISO200)