Quality Paint on Flickr.
So my normal HDR software seems to have crapped out on me so I downloaded Nik Software HDR EFEX PRO™. And I really like it. This was the smaller of the two houses left in Lester, WA; and I was amazed how good the red and blue paint still looked in the house. You can see how rusted out the stove, but left the colors looking really nice. They probably have lead in them, but I would still like to have paint of this quality for my house.
Reclamation Foreshadowing on Flickr.
Sometime shooting in the middle of the day, especially in the desert, can create some really tough shadows to work with. But I think on this one, as the shadow was out of focus, it actually worked. The only thing I’m not real happy about with this photo is the vignetting on the upper corners, but I couldn’t get rid of it and keep the bottom corners looking good.
Photographer Shootout on Flickr.
The number one complaint from my mom is that we never have photos of Sherri and I together. So when I walked past her shooting this old candy machine in the “ghost town” and saw myself I knew it was the perfect time to get the photo of us together.
This Way to Gas on Flickr.
One final picture from Nelson, NV. This is an HDR treatment, and I think the texture on the wall and lines in the sky really work for the overall effect. Also as far as composition, I really liked the other Texaco sign in the background mirroring the big sign on the building.
City Center Collapse on Flickr.
Another set of signs at the stacked up at the Neon Boneyard. I really liked the effect of the paint and shadows crossing each other on the sign. It was impressive how good this sign still looked, despite that the skyline falling down.
Eating Neon on Flickr.
So this giant skull in the Neon Boneyard isn’t actually neon at all; but the guide said “How can you turn down a giant skull?” He also said it is becoming the face of the museum because it shows up on google maps satellite view. I liked this angle because it gave the impression of a skull without showing it all and also how it was eating the old stardust sign.
A Callback to a Different Time on Flickr.
As a long time reader of 2600 magazine, I have always been attracted to pay phones. And as of late it seems harder and harder to find pay phones; probably for the better too. I really liked how this old phone booth was being taken over by the weeds around it.
Thai Morning on Flickr.
A standard problem with travel is the jet lag and sleep patterns. Well it’s also an advantage when you wake up before sunrise and can go sit on a sea wall to watch the sun rise. And as Sherri sat watching and I sat with my camera preparing to photograph the sunrise I decided to shoot her instead.
Turning to the Bottle on Flickr.
We made a trek up to Khao Takiab in Southern Hau Hin, also known as Monkey Mountain. And yea, it was covered in monkeys: tall ones, fat ones, small ones, etc… The crazy part was that most of the roofs in the area had rolls of barbed wire on them to keep the monkeys off the roofs.