Canon 7D, EF 24-70mm f2.8L @ 70mm, f/11, 1/640 sec, ISO 400
Rhylolite is a old ghost town just west of Beaty, Nevada. See the following site for a brief history of the settlement: http://www.rhyolitenevada.com/rhyolite_history_settlement.html. There is a lot of history behind this little settlement. We were here a very short time for a quick shoot. It will be a place that I go back to.
This image was taken in the bright early afternoon sun. The color image looked very blah. Black and White gave it a little punch.
Canon 7D, EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS @ 100mm, f/11, 1/90 sec, ISO 200
Throughout Death Valley, there are artifacts of the blurred history of people trying to work the land. This photo was taken at an abandoned copper mine and home site. What is the story behind this site? How hard life must have been? What kind of people lived here in the extreme heat of the summer and the extreme cold in the winter? What did they get from all their toil? What was the event or series of events that triggered them to leave? I am sure the history behind this site is a whole story by itself.
To help the image of a blurred history, I added a vignette blur on the edges.
Walking around the structure, I saw several areas of pealing paint with interesting patterns. This is one of them. Who thought an old outhouse would be interesting?
I then stuck my head inside the door ….
I gave this image a dose of structure and contrast to give it a grungy look.
Now that my curiosity was triggered, I moved in for a closer look at the outhouse shown in my last blog. I like to work an image from different perspectives. My eye is attracted to details. They naturally went to these weather and wear beaten boards which made up the stoop leading inside.
I used selective treatments of brightness/contrast layers in Photoshop to highlight and darken the boards and background to provide the contrast that I recall when I took the image. Thanks to Chuck Kimmerle for the tips.