In 2007, I traveled to Bali, Indonesia for the 2nd time and wanted to bring my 4×5 camera. Two days before departing, I was going through my gear and realized that my camera wasn’t functioning properly. Basically, the rails for the rear standard were bent and prevented it from fully extending. Well, I’ll be damned if I was going to travel to the other side of the planet with a broken camera, so I ended up buying a new one that arrived in the mail the day before I left. Things were looking good.
Once I arrived in Bali and settled in, it was time to explore and capture some images. However, I quickly realized that in my haste when packing the new camera, I forgot to transfer the quick-release plate from the old camera to the new one. Huge mistake! After a lot of stammering and frustration, I figured that I could use the quick-release plate from a Canon 5D-MKii. Although it worked, the plate had a raised edge on one side that prevented it from sitting flat when mounted to the bottom of the camera. Although a bit awkward, this solution worked, and I was able to use it throughout the trip.
This image was made at Tanah Lot in Bali, Indonesia with a Toyo 4×5 view camera on Fuji Provia.