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jefboulet June 19, 2016
Great picture, lovely b/with.
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SerhiiDzheniuk February 24, 2017
Great shot !
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jimbillups February 24, 2017
Hello Serhil. Thank you very much!
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rushewallace March 01, 2017
Excellent!!!
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jimbillups March 01, 2017
I appreciate that. Thank you very much Ed.
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Daisy00 May 25, 2017
Stunning shot jim, great find!!
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jimbillups May 25, 2017
Thanks Daisy. It was a shot from a few years back in Bodie California. I was back up there last week and will have more to post.

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken in the ghost town of Bodie. Bodie is located east of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in Mono County, California
Time
After an 8 hour drive to the location, I only had a couple of hours to do some shooting. This image was shot around 1:00 in the afternoon.
Lighting
The cloudy weather provided the perfect lighting for capturing subtle details and textures that a scene such as this deserves.
Equipment
The camera used was an Olympus E-3 coupled with the Olympus 14-35mm 2.0 lens. Lighting was sufficient enough to shoot hand held.
Inspiration
I have always been drawn to subjects and scenes that contain detail and texture and most importantly have a story to tell. It was the state of the structures, the remains and juxtaposition of an old rusted car and the overgrowth that has encroached on it all. I couldn't help but think about how all of this was once new with families leading productive lives day in and day out. But at the same time, I was witnessing how nature was in the process of reclaiming it all at it's own pace.
Editing
I felt this image, this story deserved presentation in black and white to emphasize the emptiness and coldness of the time. I converted the image to a tri-tone black and white in Photoshop CC. I also did some subtle shadow and highlights adjustments in Photoshop as well.
In my camera bag
As for equipment, my preference is to travel light. On this day, in addition to the camera body, I had two lenses and a flash. I rarely carry a tripod.
Feedback
Lighting and exposure is critical in my opinion. Avoid harsh mid-day lighting if possible and bracket your exposures. If bright mid-day light is your only option, move in closer to your subject(s) and try shooting details instead. Things like peeling paint, rusty car parts, and old windows and doors can make for great images on their own.

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