The Remains of the Old West

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The ruins on the outskirts of Bodie Ghost Town – Bodie State Historic Park, California

Once where gold was taken, now, Bodie is a forsaken place.

Standing on this outskirts part of town gives a good feel for what the old American West once looked like … wagon carts, wooden houses, yellow grasses on rolling hills, big blue sky … now the American West is full of SUVs, sky rises, massive freeway interchanges and smog filled valleys.

After the last few colorful images, I thought I’d post a black and white since I haven’t done one for a while. I’m a little hesitant to post this image because I feel that the clouds are too distracting. They compete with the foreground interests. Its ironic since I’m always on the lookout for interesting cloud formations to photograph. This image is a blend of two exposures, one for the sky and one for the foreground. The EXIF info shown on the left is from the foreground exposure. The sky was shot at 1/15s (2 stops apart).

PS: I just got back in town after a few days being away, so I’m a little behind. We left town just before the Tea fire broke out. For those asking, thanks for checking to make sure that we’re okay. We’re not directly affected by the fire.