Well, I´ve gone and done it. I´m now in Argentina, dragging the Canham 5x7 across Buenos Aires. This thing draws more attention than a 20 lb barrel of honey draws flies. Wow... Every place I´ve hauled it out, I´ve been approached by people asking a jillion questions about it. Also, just about everywhere I´ve taken int out, I´ve been approached within minutes by security guards of some kind or other, asking if it is being used professionally. ( I guess they get that idea from the tripod ). Good news, though, every one so far has bought the excuse that I´m just a crazy amateur who enjoys torturing himself carrying 30 lbs of camera gear around for kicks. Just remember this as your official mantra when on the road overseas with large format: " I´m just an amateur, on vacation". Say that four times slowly, in the worst diction, grammar and pronunciation possible in the local language. Actually, better to be able to converse in the local dialect with some degree of fluency - I suspect a working knowledge of Spanish has saved my fat from the fire at least twice today. Funny, when I was on my way back to my hotel this afternoon, I stopped in this Buenos Aires Design shopping mall where they have a whole bunch of home decor stores, looking for a coke or something cold to drink. I got stalked by a security guard who approached me and warned me that it was prohibited to take photos inside the mall. I told him I was just carrying my gear, and looking for a place to sit for a moment. He then walked away and was fine. I went both today and yesterday to Recoleta cemetery, which is a photographers paradise. You could easily spend a week in there and just scratch the surface. This is the place I want to go when I die, as if you can get in, you will truly live forever there. Between the locals and the tourists, there´s a crowd in there all day every day. There are tombs dating back to the early 1820s, and some rare few that look like they were just built recently. There are some monuments that are nothing more than a headstone inside an iron fence, and then there are some that rival Napoleon´s crypt in Paris. Heck, they don´t rival. They supercede. Yesterday, I also went to La Boca, which is this famous slum in Buenos Aires, known for the brightly decorated houses made of corrugated tin. This neighborhood could also be a Large Format photographers paradise, because of the textures of things, but not for someone to wander by their lonesome. It is still a rough lower class neighborhood, and you´d stand out like a sore thumb there with ANY kind of camera. I shot there with my 35mm (contax G1) which worked out quite well. Another day, when I have someone to watch my back, I want to go shoot the abandoned ships on the river. Maybe tomorrow, with a friend of mine who lives here and has promised to take me out shopping and things.