Photographer's Note

Ok, since yesterday's Grand Canyon post didn't get laughed off the site, I'll try again today - perhaps folks will find a reason with this capture, again from our Old West vacation. What Old West vacation is complete without a visit to a real ghost town?

We were actually trying to get over to California to go to Death Valley and saw this place on the way. We had to explore it - very strange place. We were driving around the desert in Nevada in August, things were bound to be strange. We saw all sorts of strange stuff out there, including some desert artwork. I posted one image (and associated workshops) some time ago called It Might Be The Heat... Not too many folks liked it a whole lot, but that was just a taste of the weirdness of the western Nevada desert.

This place was a combination of stuff. It was the location of an old mining town, Rhyolite. There were the requisite ruins and foundations and some old buildings still standing, including one made from old beer bottles. But there was more. There were some sculptures, some on a fairly large scale such as the miner and his penguin friend in the shot above. There was also "The Last Supper" which was depicted here a couple times by Polonaise in his fabulous image Leonardo of Nevada. Not to discount that work, George does some of the very best on TE, I have also a creation of that Last Supper sculpture, a panorama that you can view or download for free in High Resolution on Pierre-Alain Bovard's Wpanorama site. I've sent you all to this site on several occasions - I have 21 panoramas there, but there are about 962 total fantastic images.

Anyway, the road was washed out going to California, so we turned around and came back and continued on north to Reno through more desert weirdness.

This image was captured with my trusty Olympus 8080 Wide Zoom point n' shoot, a great camera in it's day. I did some post processing in PS CS2, including using a filter called DxO Filmpack V.2, in which I converted the actual look of the original photo to look like it was shot with slide film, like Kodachrome 64 - it enhanced it some, I think, and does look like it could have been shot on film. Interesting effect. I also added the frame and text, re-sized to 800 pixels and sharpened a bit before saving to under 300kb.

Have a great day - it's almost Friday!

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