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on Jul 26, 2011 in Landscape Photography, The Bodie Series

The Tables – Bodie

This is what it was all about! At the top of the frame you can see the 40 stamps on the Standard Mill. They went up and down smashing the gravel to loosen the gold which would then come down the table. Once on the table, they would pour Mercury on the pulverized material because the gold would stick to the Mercury. All the rest of the material would flush down through the system. Then, the mercury/gold was taken to a room where the Mercury was heated and boiled off leaving the gold. Life expectancy for these works wasn’t very long. This was a very inefficient gold recovery method. It was a hard life. Photographically, the photo was pretty simple, at least when the thunderstorms are going through. You can take a tour of the Mill so you can get to this location inside. In August when we have the afternoon thunderstorms, they bounce the light in the windows lighting really nicely. If you look at the photo long...

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on Jul 25, 2011 in Landscape Photography, The Bodie Series

Fallen Angel – Bodie

When I first visited Bodie, the angle had its wings. Today I hear it’s worst then what is pictured here. When my mom visited Bodie in the 40’s, Ella Cain was selling many of the artifacts that were left in the town (since the Cain family owned the whole town back then). Since 1969 it has been protected but that hasn’t stop theft and vandalism which is sad. One time I busted two folks coming out of the Hoover House with a bunch of stuff they thought they should take back with them. While they were written up by the ranger, nothing came of it. My point? This is a place where photographers need to set the standard, be part of the solution and not part of the problem. If the sign says stay out, stay out! Respect what is left so it will be there tomorrow for the next photographer. Take your time, wait for the folks to go buy, enjoy the location and wait for the light....

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on Jul 25, 2011 in Landscape Photography, The Bodie Series

The Family Home – Bodie

The Hoover House, yeap, that’s my great cousin. My grandfather came up to see him while he ran the Standard Mill 1900 – 1902 which is why my family first start visiting the eastside. Hoover, that name might ring a bell with you. No, not the vacuum guy, the president guy. Yeap, this is Hubert Hoover’s brother. He left Bodie to start the school of mines at Stanford.M/p> This building is located literally right in front of the Standard Mill. Today it is hard to understand what that means. My mom told me that when she came to Bodie as a little girl, the constant noise of the stamp mill could be deafening at times. Having your home right in front a 40 stamp mill, I can’t imagine how you’d have a conversation. I interviewed Lester Bell back in the 90’s and he told me that as long as the folks heard those stamps, they knew everything was ok because gold was being processed. You can walk right up...

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on Jul 25, 2011 in Landscape Photography, The Bodie Series

Bodie Week

Bodie State Historic Park is simply an amazing piece of our history! It’s actually part of my family history. There seems to be an incredibly number of photographers coming up to the eastside this summer and rightfully so, heading to Bodie. It is in my backyard and a location I’ve been visiting since 1959. My family goes back in the town to 1900. So to say we have a little history there is putting it mildly. With so many folks coming up, with many asking me for suggestions, I thought I’d blog a little bit about it. Back in the early 90’s, I was co-leader in a workshop series that taught at Bodie. During that time, I literally had the keys to the town and with the workshop, had access you normally can’t have. I even wrote a book on Bodie (never published) so I have a little insight in the town to share. I went through the thousands of images I have of Bodie, looking at what I...

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on Jul 21, 2011 in Aviation, WRP Ed Zone

Nikon Learn & Explore takes to the Skies

I’ve been working on this piece for over 18months and I’m very thrilled to see it finally up. What was the hang up? I’ll be real honest with you, the photography! It simply wasn’t dynamic enough to grab YOUR imagination when first submitted. But I’m a tenacious dood (yes, I know you spell it dude) and don’t give up when I feel strongly about any project. And as you can see and read, we produced a final piece that I’m very, very pleased with. Give it a read, it just might grab your imagination and take your photography for a flight! And if you need more fuel for your aviation imagination, be sure to check out our WarbirdImages site...

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