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Bodie State Historic Park is a genuine California gold-mining ghost town. Visitors can walk down the deserted streets of a town that once had a population of ne...
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Bodie State Historic Park is a genuine California gold-mining ghost town. Visitors can walk down the deserted streets of a town that once had a population of nearly 10,000 people. The town is named for Waterman S. Body (William Bodey), who had discovered small amounts of gold in hills north of Mono Lake. In 1875, a mine cave-in revealed pay dirt, which led to purchase of the mine by the Standard Company in 1877. People flocked to Bodie and transformed it from a town of a few dozen to a boomtown.
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Gita
 
Gita May 24, 2015
Fantastic work, Mark!
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ChixPixPhotography May 25, 2015
Love this and very happy you included information on it as well.
Parallel
 
Parallel May 28, 2015
Great work!
Red_Vixen
 
Red_Vixen May 31, 2015
Love this!
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markcote May 31, 2015
Thank you :)
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dareco June 14, 2015
Awesome!
Delight
 
Delight June 29, 2015
I knew it was Bodie the second I saw it! Wonderful image!
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markcote June 29, 2015
Thank you, Delight!
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yknwt July 02, 2015
You have captured an interesting energy/feel in this photo. Absolutely brilliant!
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markcote July 02, 2015
Thank you, yknwt!
Mirza_Cengic
 
Mirza_Cengic July 29, 2015
Very nice presented.
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sweetpea72 November 21, 2015
I so wanna go here, have not been here yet!!
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markcote November 21, 2015
This is just above Mono Lake, another awesome place!
MickAlicic PRO
 
MickAlicic June 26, 2016
Beautiful B&W shot! Good luck in HDR contest!
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beatbox November 19, 2016
Great shot, we visited Bodie this year, loved the place.
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SteBil30 December 03, 2016
I love this viewpoint of the pharmacist's house. I've tried to get it a few times but just can't. I really need a fisheye lens!. The B&W gives it a dramatic look, Well done! P.S. have you every taken a photography tour into the buildings? It's certainly worth the cost of the tour. There are only a few photographers that are allowed to take groups in.
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markcote December 19, 2016
Thank you! No I have not done the tour, I will try that next time, Thanks :).
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SteBil30 December 19, 2016
Mark as far as entering the buildings there really are only a few photographers that have the parks permission to tke small groups in. They only allow 3 or 4 people in each one at a time, and there is a ranger with you the entire time. The trips are usually planned 6 or 8 months in advance. I think they allow a few people in specific buildings on Friends of Bodie day.
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SteBil30 December 19, 2016
P.S. the Bodie calendar is filled with images that are
sent in from people who have visited it. FYI they don't tak e B&W images just color. If you would like one of your pictures featured go to their website to get all the info.Hope I'm not boring you with all this info.
vallihemp
 
vallihemp May 14, 2017
Such fabulous black n white photography. I've never been really good with black n white so I really appreciate this fabulous photography
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markcote May 14, 2017
Thank you, Valli!

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken at Bodie State Historic Park Eastern Sierra's California.
Time
This photo was taken midday June 14, 2014.
Lighting
It was a bright day with high clouds scattered in a dark blue sky. The sun was behind me which lit up the front display revealing all the glass bottles.
Equipment
This was a handheld shot using a Nikon D610 with a Nikon 16-35 lens.
Inspiration
One of the great things about Bodie is there are many old wood buildings, wagons and cars with lots of texture, perfect for converting to B&W. I used the lens correction in LR to get the unique perspective.
Editing
This was processed using LR and a plugin from On1 Software.
In my camera bag
I usually carry 16-35 and 80-400 Nikon lenses. I also carry an assortment of ND filters and tripod.
Feedback
If you are taking B&W or color and thinking about converting it texture is the key. Lighting is important as well but one thing about B&W's is you can push the boundary of processing more than you can with color.

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