Part 3: High cool factor at Primetime Emmy Awards courtesy of SolarWorld solar panels
Posted 18 September 2011 12:00 AM by Fred Joe, Professional Photographer
The entertainment media is out in force for the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards today, and I've met entertainment journalists from all over the world.
Considering the warm LA weather, even they were overdressed.
Photographing the stars under a canopy of SolarWorld solar panels
I spent a few minutes photographing Maria Menounos, a host for the TV show “Extra.” She was super-nice, signing autographs for people in the stands. Menounos said her Emmys jewelry was delivered this morning, and it's worth a cool $1.6 million. She said her mom tried them on at home and attempted to make a run for it. I think Maria said her dress was by somebody named Ungaro, but I could be wrong. I just know she was hot. Hot, as in sweaty, because I don't think the Ungaro is very breathable.
Extra's Maria Menounos signing autographs for excited fans
Then I saw the E! girls sitting in the shade on a contraption called Glamcam 360. To stay cool, they were texting and sitting in front of huge fan. I was attracted to their hair blowing sideways (and the 50 or so Nikon SLRs that make up the Glamcam). Thanks to the giant wind machine, it looked like a fashion shoot. After I told them I worked for the company that powered their fan, they graciously let me take their picture.
E! cast cooling off by fans powered by SolarWorld solar canopy
Did I mention it was hot?
Everbody was dressed in elegant black, had a sheen of sweat on their foreheads and was standing in the shadow of anything that could provide some shade.
The more than 200 Solarworld solar panels high above made a lot of nice shade –- and electricity to offset the power for all the lights, cameras and fans that brought us the Emmys for another year.
Soon the panels will come down and go as a donation to Habitat for Humanity for use on top of client homes where they will help cut electricity bills of low-income families.
Too bad they can’t double as sources of shade. They work pretty well that way.
SolarWorld solar panels over red carpet at Emmys.