Bodie

There’s a story about a little girl whose family was moving from San Francisco to Bodie; Depending on who tells it, she wrote in her diary either: “Good, by God, I’m going to Bodie”-or-“Goodbye God, I’m going to Bodie”.
This town was probably one of the most lawless towns in the US. A mill was established in 1861 and the town began to grow. It started with about 20 miners and grew to an estimated 10,000 people by 1880! By then, the town of Bodie bustled with families, robbers, miners, store owners, gunfighters, prostitutes and people from every country in the world.

Leaning in
I went there with 3 other photographers (Diane Le Fevre, Doug Turner and Jeff Schewe), and hopefully we managed to improve the town’s reputation, but I’m not so sure about the other visitors. :-)

Look at the midget i pink pushing a stroller towards the bank. Innocent? In Bodie? I don’t think so!

The school

The church

Town panorama

Vindow

The gold mine

Zabriskie Point

This is the images I got at Zabriskie Point in Death Valley from the summit with Natalie, Alain Briot and Jeff Schewe. Processing of all the images from the trip is going to take some time…

The badlands at sunrise with clouds.
The badlands at sunrise with clouds.

 

The morning of November 10. started with rain in Furnace Creek when I left in the dark, but the clouds cleared over Zabriskie Point and the clouds just partly blocked the sun, so the good light lasted for a long time this morning.

Badland detail.
Badland detail.
The location was named after Christian Brevoort Zabriskie, vice-president and general manager of the Pacific Coast Borax Company in the early 20th century.

 

View of Manly Beacon from Zabriskie Point.
View of Manly Beacon from Zabriskie Point.
Manly Beacon is a towering spire that rises above the Death Valley badlands. Manly Beacon was named in honor of William L. Manly, who along with John Rogers, guided members of the ill-fated Forty-niners out of Death Valley during the gold rush of 1849.
Rain storm.
Rain storm.
A hole in the clouds.
A hole in the clouds.

A New Perspective

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Ordinarily when taking photographs, the limit on where a photograph can be taken is limited to where you can place your tripod, and how high or low you can get it. By mounting a camera on a flying platform like the Dji Phantom 2 quad copter, one have no such restrictions, and it’s possible to take images from almost unlimited new and previous impossible perspectives.

You can find the essay here.

Tsegi Overlook

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Added a new essay about the making of “Tsegi Overlook”. You can find the essay here.

I attended the Page Fine Art Photography Summit with Alain Briot and guest speaker Jeff Schewe in November 2013, and had the opportunity to photograph for several days in Page, and on the workshop following the summit, one of the places we visited was Canyon De Chelly near Chinlee in Arizona. The image “Tsegi Overlook at Dawn” was taken before sunrise one morning, and I will show you how I worked on that image back in the studio.

Arizona Workshop

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A page with some of my images fra a workshop in Arizona with Alain Briot and Jeff Schewe is now published here.

The images in this collection is created in different locations and national parks in Arizona.

The images was taken when I attended a summit in Page with Alain Briot and Jeff Schewe in November 2013, followed by a workshop led by Alain Briot to Monument Valley, Canyon De Chelly and other locations in Navajo land.

The Watchman

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Added a new essay about photographing The Watchman in Zion. You can find the essay here.

Some locations and landscapes is photographed more often than others. And few sights are more photographed than The Watchman as seen from the Virgin river bridge in Zion National Park, Utah. But what few people know is that there is 3 more bridges along the Pa’rus Trail that is almost as easy to get to, and that also have a great view of The Watchman with the Virgin river as a lead in element. In addition there is a field along the Pa’rus Trail that also have a great view of The Watchman.

Utah Workshop

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Added a new page with new pictures from a workshop in Utah with Alain Briot and Jeff Schewe. you can find the images here.

The images in this collection is created in different locations and national parks in Utah, with the exception of a couple of images taken in Valley of Fire, Nevada, on my way from Las Vegas to Zion.

The images was taken in Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon and around Capitol Reef in Utah. The images was taken when I attended a summit in Zion with Alain Briot and Jeff Schewe in November 2012, followed by a workshop by Alain Briot to Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef.