I made this image back in August when several friends and I went over to the Eastern Sierras for a long week-end. Bodie State Park stays open at night several times throughout the summer so folks can enjoy the old Ghost Town at night.
Someone had put a light in the doorway to the Chapel and lots of photographers fanned out to photograph this iconic building in Bodie myself included, but seeing The Big Dipper above the Chapel is what caught my eye. The clouds were moving in fast so I acted fast hoping to get the whole constellation in my photograph.
The red light cast you see is a light spill from someone’s red headlamp behind me. They forgot to shut it off. This is the only shot of the Constellation I got over the chapel due to the cloud cover.
For the History Buffs:
Bodie was a mining town in the 1800’s. It was booming for several years after Gold was discovered there. What started with 20 people grew to 10,000 in just over 20 years!
It’s said there were once 65 saloons in Bodie. The town teamed with families, miners, farmers, robbers, prostitutes, and of course gaming halls, and opium dens.
In 1898 the mill burned down, and in June of 1932, the second of two major fires destroyed more of the town leaving what we see today.
There are more than 100 buildings in a state of “arrested decay” one can see while in Bodie. Interiors remain as they were left and stocked with goods.
In 1962 Bodie became a Register National Historic Landmark, and a State Historic Park.
For a timeline of Bodie’s History and more click the link below.
Over Labor Day week-end myself and several friends were back in the Eastern Sierras. I love it over there. This time we ventured further south.
We spent our evenings photographing the stars. This image I made on our last night there.
I caught a shooting star above Mars, and Saturn is the bright star in the center of the Milky Way’s Dark lane about even with the top horizontal rung on the windmill. I didn’t know I had managed to catch the shooting star in my frame until I got home and uploaded my images.
The light pollution on the horizon is coming from the town of Bishop I believe.
I hope you’re all having a great week! Yeah, halfway to the week-end!
Nikon D810| Nikkor 16mm f/2.8| Lexar Digital Film| PS CC 2018
…you might never touch them but if you follow them, they will take you to your destiny.”~anon
This is a 19 frame composited image. We had a fairly clear night the first night of my Wild Mustangs trip so I set up outside my tent to photograph the stars.
Funny story. I was doing my test shot and my frame came out completely black…set up another one same damn thing! Now, I’m mumbling to myself and asking myself why is it all black, my friend Dan who also went on the trip said from his tent,” you left the lens cap on”. Doh!!
Connie another camper was chuckling in her tent. It happens even to the ole timer’s.
I cleaned up several airplane trails that were in the frames, but I was tickled to see I caught a Shooting Star on film down near the mountain ridge. See it?
I hope you all have a lovely week-end!
Nikon D810| Nikkor 20mm f/1.8G| SanDisk Digital Film| Stacked in PS CC 2018