Canon EOS Rebel T2i
f/3.5 at 1/400 sec ISO 100
December 1, 2013
The first time Lynn and I went out to Nelson NV, it was a family affair. About a dozen people all somehow related. It was an overcast day and I was asked to take photos of everyone. Only one little problem. I don’t like taking people pictures. Good thing we had someone there who was good at posing people. She did the talking, I did the shooting. But as soon as the sun broke through the clouds, I wandered away to take pictures of stationery things like old rusty cars and trucks and wooden shacks and barns. They have a lot of them there. The owners travel throughout the southwest, finding original vehicles and structures and transport them back. They have built a ghost town that never really existed. A ghost, ghost town. And Nelson NV has become my own private playground. My favorite place to take photos. Except it’s not private and most days you have to shoot around the other photographers posing brides and grooms for wedding announcements and such. The photo above was taken on our third or fourth trip out there. Since then I’ve been back several more times.
I might even go back out again this weekend.
(Let me explain what In Retrospect is. Or will be. On January 7, 2017 I had the brilliant idea to start a second blog called In Retrospect to highlight some of my older images. That idea was actually not so smart because I found there was no real need for a second blog. It just took additional time and the theme I chose never worked properly. So after one month, I shut it down. I will continue with my bright idea here, and will post every Saturday. The images will be from 2009 through 2015. But no later. For now.)
October 29, 2011
My favorite place any time, day or night, for photos is Nelson NV, a ghost town in El Dorado Canyon, less than one and a half hours from the Las Vegas strip. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 37. This shot was taken way back in October 2011 at about 4:30 in the afternoon. It had been an overcast day and we were there with family when the sun broke through and I wandered off on my own. With my camera!
The Girl That Dreams Awake hosts this challenge with a particular prompt each Monday. Please check out her site to see how to join in or to find the links to other contributors.
So, I just discovered a new challenge hosted by The Girl That Dreams Awake that I couldn’t resist. It is a 52 week photo challenge. Some people may get tired of me always saying I need to cut back on posting. But the posting isn’t the problem. The problem is commenting on all the posts I follow. I keep promising I’ll get better and yet I never do. So here’s my promise. I will get better. I will. But until I do, I hope you enjoy this image that I shot last Friday, August 5th, while playing hooky from work.
Every week I look forward to Cee’s Share Your World challenge where she asks questions and anyone who would like to can respond. This week is no exception.
If you could have an endless supply of any food, what would you get? Does wine count as food? It’s made from grapes so, in my limited world view, I think it qualifies. In which case lots of, cases of, red wine. Of, course, you can’t have wine without pizza. So scratch that. My endless supply of food would be Settebello’s margherita pizza with kalamata olives! And lots of red wine!
What is the worst thing you ate this last recently? OK, I’m guessing you’re asking what is the worst thing I ate recently? Hands down, that would have to be home-made kale chips. Lynn tried, but even she will concede it was an unmitigated disaster. OK, maybe only a failure. I couldn’t even eat one. But her brother-in-law said he liked them- even though no one else could stomach them. So next time she saw him, she gave him more.
You are comfortable doing nothing? For long stretches of time? No, I’m not. I’m not a bundle of ceaseless energy, but I can’t just sit and do nothing. I can’t even lie on the beach to try to get a tan.
List of Jobs You Think You Might Enjoy: Even if you aren’t thinking about a career change, it can be fun to think of other jobs you might enjoy. I was thinking something in the realm of travel photographer. Start with the continental United States first. Then onwards and outwards! 🙂
Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? Last week I played hooky from work and went with Lynn and my camera to Nelson NV, about an hour from our home. The photo above is a product of that shoot. It was an epiphany of sorts that I will share with you if you mosey on over to Monochromia to view a black and white version of the same photo. And you must visit Cee’s post this week to see what other’s have submitted to her challenge.
What is the perfect pizza? In my youth, there was no such thing as a bad pizza. I would even eat pizza from the supermarket. You know, the frozen type you get in a box with the face of that blue eyed Italian Paul Newman on the cover. Then I got older. Not wiser, just older. There is a local weekly magazine in town called Las Vegas Weekly and somewhere around 2006, they named the best neighborhood pizza place of the year. It was within 10 miles of where I lived at the time and it is truly a gustatory delight. Called Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana, it is…, well…, please read a very short description for yourself here. Our favorite is a margherita pizza with kalamata olives. We are actually going there tonight for Margherita Monday. All night their individual size margherita pizza is only $5.
What is your favorite time of day? In my youth, I used to like to go to bed late and sleep in on a weekend. Lately, I have been waking up around 5 am and it is just beautiful out. The sun rises around 5:30, the sky is slightly pink and the air is clean and the temperature bearable- around the low 80’s. And the quiet…. I just love getting up at that hour. Over this past weekend, while Lynn still slept, I took off on my own with my camera for a couple of hours. And by the time I got back home it was only around 10:30. It was great.
Show us two of your favorites photographs? The photos can be from anytime in your life span. Explain why they are your favorite. The two black and white images above are two of my favorite early posts, even though I feel my photography and processing have improved since then. The wooden cabin was a nothing shot until I converted it to black and white and then realized how important lighting is. The image of the plane was used to inaugurate the first ever Monochromia post. Both shots were taken in one of my favorite places around here- Nelson NV.
Complete this sentence: I’m looking forward to…. Well, Lynn and I are planning to take a short trip to Fontanarosa Italy next year (where my family comes from) and we have been doing all kinds of research online. So I have to get my passport soon.
Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? It was a quiet week but I really enjoy my solo weekend trip with my camera. Not because I was solo but because of the serenity so early in the morning. In two days I am driving down to San Diego to meet up with an old friend I haven’t seen in about 3 years and then Lynn will join me on Saturday.
So there you have it. Cee’s Share Your World. If you want to read more people’s answers- or write some of your own- please visit.