Filming on Everest



Filming on Everest

These 2 items will make interesting viewing, as filming in the Himalayas has always been fraught;  not only the extreme cold which numbs both the brain and sensation, but the wind is another dreaded enemy, which means that holding the camera still is a ordeal.  My father had learned much from Herbert Ponting's experience in Antarctica, and had his camera modified to cope with the extrememly low temperatures;  in 1922, he developed all the material on the mountain, in a specially designed tent, drying the film with heat produced from yak dung;  this was laborious and time-consuming, and cut into the time he needed to spend actually photographing the climbing parties.  So, in 1924, he bought land in Darjeeling, had a photographic laboratory built and equipped, with a team of experienced technicians, and sent the film down by runners to be processed.

We will see how much progress has been made in equipment - light-weight tripods, smaller cameras, better communications, ease of transporting material around, video facilities and other digital aids have made life slightly easier, but filming on Everest remains a challenge.





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