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Temperature taking.

By paulbroad  
For someone who is a bit of a quality buff, I thought this might set the scene! Could be a bit interesting for some? I am looking through really old stuff and finding a few of interest. The quality here is not good, but was shot in about 1963 with a Halina 35X on a tripod at about 03.00 on the old open hearth steel furnace plant at the Normanby Park works

The only light was from the furnace and a few high level mercury lamps.

I was just getting interested in photography having had my first secondment to the works photographer, and shortly after this bought a Practica 1V - 40 in those days - a lot of money. I would be 17/18.

This is the pyrometer man taking a dip temperature on an open hearth steel furnace. I think the film was Ferrania, home processed - as a chemist/metallurgist I had the facilities to make up my own solutions. Can't remember any settings.


Tags: Man Vintage Old Steel Open Specialist and abstract Temperature Furnace Hearth 1963

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GeorgeP 15 62 26 United States
17 Jan 2019 5:01PM
Great shot and the negatives have kept well so your chemistry and techniques must have been excellent. I love these historic images. Nowadays, I suspect that the furnace would be fully instrumented, temperatures read from an observation port and lots of safety gear to eliminate a photograph like this. Is that an Smile or a Sad ??
dudler Plus
19 1.9k 1947 England
17 Jan 2019 5:35PM
A Halina X. My art teacher had one: a mixture of controls that were too stiff and too slack...

But cheap, and took pictures.
17 Jan 2019 10:34PM
Great shot *****
paulbroad Plus
15 131 1294 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2019 9:09AM
It was a clunky old camera, but got me going and I suspect a lot of others too. The Ferrania film was transparency and, if I remember, either 25 or 50ASA - in old money! Very slow but again, a fabulous learning tool. Modern cameras are very VERY easy to use in comparison - I would be on 1600 or 3200 ISO for this!

Out of interest, open hearth steel furnaces were phased out in the UK in the early 70's. A few lingered, like the AJAX oxygen blown open heart developed in Scunthorpe but now all is top blown oxygen converters for bulk steel. 300Tonne per cast. All sampling and temperature taking is automatic - when it works - but the manual equipment is still available.

We used optical pyrometers on coke ovens.

dudler Plus
19 1.9k 1947 England
18 Jan 2019 11:14AM
I remember Ferraniacolor slide film, just. I even processed some - along with some Anscochrome, some Russian colour film, and - of course - Ektachrome E-2.

I was very upset when E-4 arrived - a far shorter, hotter process that challenged washing-up bowl temperature control. and it cost around twice as much.

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