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Nikon D2X

Capture Date/Time:September 26, 2007 19:22
Aperture/Shutter Speed: .5 sec, f6.3
Focal Length: 17 mm
ISO: 250
Flash: None

More from the A. Finkl factory tour from earlier this week. This is the foundry room. We were watching a huge press shape some large round disks of molten steel, when suddenly a 30-foot wall opens up about 50 feet in front of us. Behind the wall (which was actually a door) was the chamber of an unbelievably huge blast furnace. The furnace was apparently simply a place where the foundry workers would store ingots that they were working on to keep them hot. An overhead crane claw then came over and moved one of the ingots onto a drawer that slid out from the furnace. The drawer was covered in a bed of hot coal-like pieces of molten steel.

When that door opened up the blast of heat coming out of it was incredibly intense; it was so huge and hot that we could HEAR the heat... It was like a huge groan when it opened up and sounded like a rolling train right in front of us. Even from 50 feet away, the heat felt like it would melt our helmets. I kept checking the plastic shade on the front of my lens and I swear it softened up a bit! It was easily the most incredible sight I have seen in a long time...


09.30.07, 09:17 AM, Pieter:

nice..... who needs a microwave

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