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Sanctuary of Ghosts



Taken in Bodie, CA

Taken in Bodie, CA
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16 Comments | Report
GayleLucci PRO+
 
GayleLucci August 16, 2015
Beautiful capture. Your post processing really looks perfect .
forevertrusting
 
forevertrusting August 23, 2015
I love Bodie! Great shot! Beautiful composition!
sweetpea72
 
sweetpea72 August 30, 2015
What a shot!
SteBil30 PRO
 
SteBil30 September 09, 2015
Christian, did I mention that great minds think alike!!! Love your capture of the chapel, and the fact that you didn't have any distractions in the background. That seems to be a challenge in Bodie.
texaaronpueschel PRO+
 
texaaronpueschel September 15, 2015
Spoooky good. Usually I prefer mono treatment over color, however this is so wll done.
redwriter PRO
 
redwriter September 20, 2015
Beautiful capture. Nice work. - Jake
Minediie
 
Minediie September 25, 2015
Wow, more than beautiful ! :)
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots September 26, 2015
Beautiful! Congrats.
JanLiz PRO+
 
JanLiz October 08, 2015
Yes, I can imagine the greeting one might get!
chuckrickman
 
chuckrickman October 08, 2015
Fabulous capture.
EverydayLivingMoments
 
EverydayLivingMoments October 09, 2015
Brilliant
RosaDawn
 
RosaDawn September 20, 2016
excellent... beautiful ghostly shot!
davidsloan
 
davidsloan April 04, 2017
Exquisite work,congrats on your awards.
MD_Schloer PRO+
 
MD_Schloer April 18, 2017
Sweet!
Duane_Watts
 
Duane_Watts October 19, 2017
Great capture!
stigfagerli PRO+
 
stigfagerli November 21, 2019
Fantastic foto

Behind The Lens

Location
This image was taken in the scenic and spooky ghost town of Bodie, California. Along a long and bumpy dirt road, you can find an empty town, now left for only the few caretakers and tourists willing to make the trek.
Time
The much needed rain was on its way to the dry, dust covered rooftops of the abandoned town. The normally overbearing noon sun was hidden by the ominous clouds making their way in from the west.
Lighting
Every now and then, the sun would peer through the brooding rainclouds and provide rays of light and warmth against the decaying wood. The natural lighting provided deep color contrast that amplified the effect of the eerie landscape.
Equipment
This image was taken with a starter 18-55mm lens, a Nikon 5100, a starter tripod with no filters or flash. I have since moved on to a full frame camera and prime lenses but I will never forget how powerful a kit lens can be, as well as how impactful a crop-sensor camera, a low angle and a few steps back can be.
Inspiration
An incredible photographer and very good friend of mine inspired me to take this shot. Before I was photographing anything at all, I was in a gallery with prints on metal and was blown away by this person's depictions of Bodie. I wanted to be there and I knew I wanted to photograph this way. I saved up, did my homework and traveled to this amazing place and did it my own way. I am so thankful for the opportunity to see such amazing work and even more delighted that I could make the images that I thought were so wonderful my own.
Editing
This image is processed with multiple HDR effects including multiple images and a few layers of digital HDR filters with Photoshop. I am VERY proud of this image as it is my first interpretation of what I learned early on with what I could do mixing my camera and Photoshop.
In my camera bag
I have in my bag the usual mix of Nikon prime lenses and my trusty D600. I carry a Dolica tripod and Cokin filters. I love taking long exposure shots these days and that is how I get it done.
Feedback
Learning the basics and practicing the fundamentals of photography such as composition, tone, color and light are more important at times that the gear you use. A photographer is as good as his/her knowledge and the feeling they put behind the images. What better way to create incredible images than by just creating any and all images! Keep shooting and keep practicing!

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