In Retrospect: Goffs CA

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Goffs Railway Depot
Rte 66 CA
October 11, 2015

There’s not much left of Goffs CA, situated as it was on Old Route 66. When I-40 was completed, the community simply faded away. The only two buildings that remain are the schoolhouse- totally renovated in 2008, and this building, a replica of the historic Goffs Santa Fe Railway Depot (1902-1956).

I don’t have any shots of the schoolhouse because it was a rather boring square box shaped adobe style building that looked brand new. And I hate brand new. So here’s some rusty old, for your viewing pleasure. That is, unless you like brand new, in which case you’ll hate the rest of these shots.

Looks like this tow truck could use a tow.

Now, this old jalopy reminds me of an early sitcom called “My Mother The Car” in which a man’s mother is reincarnated as an old car. Or maybe it’s just her soul that takes over the car. Either way, she torments him, as mothers are wont to do, by never shutting up!

This could be the original workshop they used to build the original railway depot. Or the original schoolhouse. Who knows?

And this was a nice little romantic streetlight on the desert pathway around the schoolhouse.

 
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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter F

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter F – Topic is Fun or Flowers

For me, this is the quintessential film noir image. Bright highlights, and deep dark shadows with a strong light source. It was to be my submission to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter F. Unfortunately, I didn’t read the title thoroughly and this image says murder or mayhem more than flowers or fun. But that’s where you’d be wrong because the guy off camera in deep shadow was wearing a ghastly hawaiian shirt with green flowers and this was shot at an event that was described as “A FUN Night With Panasonic And Drink And Click At Our Las Vegas Event”!

 

A Fun Night at Drink and Click?

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OK, that’s the hype on the Drink and Click website, “A Fun Night With Panasonic And Drink And Click At Our Las Vegas Event”! It must be understood that I am never, have never been, the life of the party. I much prefer moving incognito through a room full of strangers. Because there was a full bar, I thought a drink might help. But the last time I was at a bar, the drinks were about half the price they are now. So I did not imbibe.

I did not drink, either.

The event started at 7 and there were less than 20 people there when I arrived at 6:45 pm. I was the 3rd or 4th person in line and, after a few questions like what do I shoot with (Fuji X-T1) and am I looking to compare or trade up (compare), I was handed the G85 Lumix.

Sorry for all the dust but the second and third photos above were from my iPhone and I did not clean them up.

The first I can tell you about the Lumix is that it seemed a lot heavier and thicker than what I am used to. I found a seat and tried to figure out where all the controls were. It was impossible and so I found someone from B & C Camera, the store that was sponsoring the event, and they set up the camera for me. That was the extent of the tutorial. I know it would have been a daunting task to give instructions on each model of camera they had at the event. But something. I didn’t realize until after I got home and downloaded my photos into Lightroom that I was shooting in jpeg all night.

No, that’s not me trying to figure out the camera I was handed. It’s simply confirmation that I wasn’t alone. In fact, the room was full of people looking askance at the camera in their hands. The guy in the hoodie in that first photo up there, the guy sitting at the bar? He’s checking out the camera in his hand, too, as if thinking to himself, “Now what do I do?” Well, maybe that wasn’t him saying that, but me.

Vanessa Green

Chelsey Smith

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had gone around the room and taken photos of the two models who were there (as seen in my previous post Cee’s Share Your World), then took some shots of the people, then even some photos of the artwork on the walls. And then I wondered if it was close to the time to leave. I looked at my phone. It was only 7:30.

OK, stop complaining and get on with the review. I will. Except, at that point, I was able to get up my courage to step outside of the place and take some shots. After all, they had my driver’s license so I figured they wouldn’t mind. They didn’t.

They didn’t even know I was gone.

Then I went back in, splurged, and went up to the bar to order a glass of wine. It cost more than what I would spend on a full bottle at a liquor store!

This woman is putting on her glasses to try to figure out the camera that is sitting on the bar in front of her. Anyway, after all that bitching and moaning I have to say I was pretty impressed by the Lumix G85. Once I got a bit more comfortable with it I was able to hand hold at extremely slow speeds because they had, unbeknownst to me, set the ISO to automatic. And there was hardly any noise on any of the shots. Amazing.

The exterior photo of the people having a smoke was handheld at 1/10 sec. The guy at the table studying his camera was shot at ISO 3200 with not a trace of noise. Maybe not that extraordinary but still I liked it.

So, not a very technical review but let me tell you, if I was actually in the market for another camera, I would definitely consider the Lumix G85. And save a bit of money, too.

Oh, and let me say the people from B & C Camera who gave up their evening for this event were appreciated. They maintained their professionalism and friendliness all evening. I wonder if they received any compensation?

Cee’s Share Your World – September 25, 2017

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Artifice
Las Vegas NV
September 21, 2017

What is your favorite outdoor activity? You’re kidding, right? OK, well, maybe you’re not. I guess not many people are as driven with their hobby as I am. Unless, of course, they are obsessive/compulsive. Or, maybe that’s manic/depressive. I know it was two words Lynn used to describe me. She knows that if I can’t get out to shoot, I become very irritable. But when I’ve got a camera in hand, I can go hours on end without eating, drinking, or going to the bathroom. (And I don’t mean to be dismissive of anyone who is actually manic/depressive. I flirted with that diagnosis for years.)

In a car would you rather drive or be a passenger? You are not allowed to tell Lynn about this but I am definitely more comfortable driving. Lynn has a habit of living life much closer to the edge than I do and I find myself slamming my foot down on my imaginary brakes whenever she is driving and I am in the passenger seat. To her credit, she has never had an accident. And I have. But it was the other person’s fault.

If you could have three wishes granted for you alone, what would they be? Didn’t we have this question once before? And didn’t I respond that I would not wish for world peace because everyone else probably would and so I felt that would be covered? Let me preface my answer by saying I don’t have a life of abundance, but I certainly have more than others. I drive a car that has over 220,000 miles on it and several dents. Lynn’s car has over 175,000 miles and looks brand new. We have a house, and enough money to live paycheck to paycheck. So, what I would wish for would be lots and lots of money and happiness and security for our family. Mostly for the kids, so they could follow their dreams. But, since combined we have ten kids, I think the three wishes will not be quite enough.

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. My local camera store, B & C Camera, sponsored a Drink & Click event with Panasonic Lumix last Thursday night at a hipster club called Artifice in the Art District of Las Vegas. Lynn asked why I would want to go if I was happy with my Fuji. I wish I could have explained better but she could see how excited I was when I got home. Just hanging around other photographers and trying a different camera- even though I have no plans to switch- was invigorating and exciting. Since I am an introvert, I really had to push myself out of my box. And, though I pretty much kept to myself, I did have fun. I will write a review of the evening and the camera a little later. Until then, check out the images at DRINKandCLICK! You can see the back of my head in the 10th photo (I’m ogling the camera rather than the model) and in the 13th photo I am headed to the bar!

Vanessa Green

Chelsey Smith

 

Share Your World – September 25, 2017

PAULA’S BLACK & WHITE SUNDAY: AFTER AND BEFORE

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Vintage Cart
Goldfield NV
May 15, 2016

Paula, at Lost In Translation, has a once a month Sunday challenge where she asks you to post the same image both in black and white and in color. And I just happen to have an image I was playing around with last night.

For me, black and white needs high contrast. If you’re shooting in the middle of the day, think about converting your image to black and white. Two other considerations for me are, one; if the sky is bland, and two; if the colors within the image itself are not too exciting. Of course, most times I don’t follow my own rules. But then again, they’re my rules that I acquired from years of experience (and loads of youtube videos)!

Vintage Cart – B & W
Goldfield NV
May 15, 2016

 

In Retrospect: Venice

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Piazza San Marco Facade
January 30, 2014

Ah, Venice. Venezia. The name is derived from the ancient Veneti people who inhabited the region by the 10th century BC. Venice has been known as “La Dominante,” “Serenissima,” “Queen of the Adriatic,” “City of Water,” “City of Masks,” “City of Bridges,” “The Floating City,” and “City of Canals.”

The Grand Canal
January 30, 2014

This is, of course, none of the above, but a mere reproduction in the desert of Las Vegas Nevada.

Piazza San Marco
January 30, 2014

OK, I’m sure this could have passed for the real Piazza San Marco if I had cropped it so that the Mirage Hotel in the background wasn’t so obvious. Or if my Photoshop skills were up to the challenge. So, if you’re like me and have yet to visit the real Venice, then The Venetian Hotel will have to do. For now.

In Retrospect is an ongoing series of older photos from my archives, newly processed. I hope you enjoy the series as much as I enjoy revisiting the memories.

 

 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter E

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Barn and Truck
Nelson NV
June 3, 2017

 

(For this week’s Fun Foto Challenge your word does not have to start with the letter e but needs to have two e’s in the topic (needle, elephant, geese, peek, jeep, eye, etc.)

Horace Walpole, the English author, is credited with coining the term “serendipity”, an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident. Never mind that my entire life has been lived with (in?) serendipity, or that one of my favorite wordpress blogs is Marilyn Armstrong’s Serendipity!

I explained a long, long time ago that Lynn and I usually take a weekend drive with no particular direction in mind and, most times, will discover a most serendipitous place. We call this “being spont”, short for spontaneous. Anyway, we discovered Nelson NV just before Thanksgiving around 2011. We were looking for a place to take visiting relatives for the day. And what could be better in Nevada, The Silver State, than a tour of an old gold mine? So, we knew where we were going, but not what we would find. Since that day, Nelson has become my go-to spot for photos. There’s just so much there and the owners are always adding to their recreation of a once thriving mining town. Tons of ancient, rusting vehicles as well as old metal signs, buildings, gas pumps, and more.

Serendipity!

 

 

In Retrospect: City Center Las Vegas

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City Center
Las Vegas NV
February 8, 2014

OK, in the attempt at being politically correct, I am going to blame someone else for posting late today. It’s not my fault. When Bernie made all those promises he sort of locked me into a corner and I lost all awareness of what day it was. Really. That’s so much better for my psyche than to take responsibilities for my own actions. I feel so much better now. Anyway…

City Center in Las Vegas is just a fancy name for more hotels and casinos. The buildings are impressive, a wee bit fancier than others on the strip. But they are still casinos. As is my habit, I quote from Wikipedia: City Center Las Vegas is a “…16,797,000-square-foot (1,560,500 m2) mixed-use, urban complex on 76 acres.

Impressive, no?

“It is the largest privately funded construction project in the history of the United States. The project is connected by a people mover system to adjacent MGM properties.”

People Mover
Las Vegas NV
February 8, 2014

“The project was started by MGM Resorts International; Dubai World became a joint partner during the project’s construction phase. As of 2015, the ‘CityCenter’ branding has been largely retired, with the focus instead on the Aria brand of the development’s centerpiece property in names such as the ‘Aria Express’ (formerly ‘CityCenter Tram’) and ‘Aria Art Collection’ (formerly ‘CityCenter Art Collection’).”

City Center
Las Vegas NV
February 8, 2014

My initial intent was to process the buildings all in stark black and white. That’s how I normally see them as they are mostly glass and highly polished steel. But, they reflect the colors around them so well.

Ciyy Center
Las Vegas NV
February 8, 2014

When I showed these images to Lynn, she said she can appreciate the geometry, but they don’t speak to her. They’re not of nature.

I know exactly what she means.

In Retrospect is an ongoing series of older photos from my archives, newly processed. I hope you enjoy the series as much as I enjoy revisiting the memories.

 

 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter D

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Dirt Diggers
Inspirada Community
Henderson NV
September 12, 2014

 

I had no idea, when I chose these photos, that they were all shot exactly 3 years ago today. These dirt machines were leveling the ground for building a new community in Henderson, just 15 minutes south of the Las Vegas Strip. The first machines are dirt diggers. Some people call them back hoes, I think. I just call them as I see them!

Dirt Aerator
Inspirada Community
Henderson NV
September 12, 2014

The dirt aerator is really called that. Or, you can call it a tiller.

Dirt Transporter
Inspirada Community
Henderson NV
September 12, 2014

I just love the way this dirt transporter is sort of peeking around the corner of that pile of rocks and dirt. As if he/she is shy. OK, OK, maybe I’ve seen too many Pixar cartoons where trucks have eyes and mouths and can talk. When I was a kid, and should have been watching cartoons (instead of now when I am an adult), we called them dump trucks.

And that’s it for my dirty photos. I have two more shots of big machines but I don’t know what they are. They must have something to do with dirt, though, because they were at the same work site. Just call them extras. My gift to you.

Extra Dirt Machines
Inspirada Community
Henderson NV
September 12, 2014

 

Extra Extra Dirt Machines
Inspirada Community
Henderson NV
September 12, 2014

Oh, by the way, did you know there are companies now that will let you drive these big machines for a fee? It’s a male’s fantasy. OK, maybe only one fantasy that we males have. But at least this one can come true. If you have enough money. Any of you women who share that fantasy can drive them, too. Money knows no sex – or something like that!

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter D – 4 letter words that start with D