Like most location photographers, one of my most vital pieces of gear is my CAR!
Seriously - with having to haul lots of equipment, and sometimes people, and working for picky, sometimes very image-conscious clients, and occasionally navigating muddy construction sites, I've come to really love my Ford Explorer. But the Explorer has a known defect that I've been able to avoid - until yesterday.
The rear liftgate panel is made of a super-hard resin that, it turns out, does not stand up well to the stress of rapid temperature changes. Canada dealt a particularly big change, from about 6 to 40 Fahrenheit in 24 hours- CRACK!
I've learned that 3rd-Generation (2002-2005) Explorer owners lovingly refer to it as "The Butt Crack"
I've found a local source for the replacement part, and a Youtube video that shows the replacement being a pretty straightforward DIY, so I guess I have a project to tackle in early Spring.
I've loved photography since I was a kid. I've been an assistant, a photographer, an editor, and a manager of a busy corporate photo department. I've been a traveling hired lens since 2003.