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Dust Storm at the Bottlecap Gazebo | by AGrinberg
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Dust Storm at the Bottlecap Gazebo

The Playa Dust at Black Rock Desert is well known. We wear goggles and a dust mask to try to resist it. No matter what, we end up sleeping with and eating the super-fine dust. After a while it is just easier to give in. It actually feels quite good on the body; it's a "clean" and soft dust.


This of course raises issues with camera equipment. Note that this photo is taken early in the week using my waterproof and weather proof Panasonic DMC-TS4. It was quite comfortable to not worry a bit about whether the dust would ruin the camera, and I would not hesitate to take it out in any conditions.


So why did I spend thousands of dollars on a high end DSLR that is weather sealed? To take it out in the dust, of course! Within 2 days I put the Panasonic away and used only the Canon 5D Mark III. If I was going to put up with the dust, at least I should try to get the best photos possible. Anyway, the camera was still under warranty.


The DSLR performed perfectly, but within 3 days my favorite walk-around lens, the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM, failed, and would not communicate with the camera. I spent the next 10 days shooting mostly with the Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens. I was not happy about that, but I did not let it get me down.


Burning Man 2012


PS. Note the truck and step ladder. This photo was taken before the festival was open, and we were making some final tweaks on the Gazebo. Sometimes working conditions were not the best.

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Taken on August 25, 2012