Walt Brunner  

Bodie Ghost Town by Walt Brunner

June 2021 - Bodie Ghost Town

June 2021 - Walt Brunner


June 2021 - Walt Brunner

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About the Image(s)

This is another shot from Bodie Ghost town. It is a HDR compilation as you can tell. I took this thru the wire fencing and from the snow you can tell it was cold. Bodie sits at almost 10,000 ft elevation, and they had to haul firewood up the hill to keep the town warm and the mills running. This is also the first place in the US to get electricity. I have included a shot of the first electric motor it drove. At its peak, there were over 10K people that lived here and it was well known as one of the worst places to live.

Taken with a Nikon D800 with a Nikor 24-70 f2.8 at 27mm. ISO 1000 f8.0 at 1/15 sec. Processed with PS6 and HDR Pro. There were a total of 5 shots with additional tweaking for color, noise reduction and sharpness. This image won best of the year in its class at the 4C’s.

4 comments posted

Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
Walt, this image is a HDR masterpiece no wonder got best of the year. It is incredible the amount of information that was extracted from the highlights, specially outside the window, and the dark shadows. I would say that 80% of my non wildlife photography I bracketed regardless. Of course, I do not mind the extra PP work. The sharpness and vivid colors in the image in spite of being indoors. I like the composition very much. The additional image shows a historical piece of equipment.   Posted: 06/02/2021 09:21:23

Bruce Benson   Bruce Benson
Walt, I always look forward to seeing your great posts and this one is not exception. HDR was put to it's best use bringing out all of the important elements. Well done. Bruce   Posted: 06/02/2021 15:31:08

Randy Dykstra   Randy Dykstra
I like the wood textures and grain. There is also several different stories, this might be telling. I do feel the snow is a bit strange as this appears as an enclosed space but obviously, has an opening for the snow to blow in. The perspective is throwing me a bit off. The cabinet/desk is slanted one way while the back corner wall and window slants differently. (perhaps due to wide angle lens)   Posted: 06/10/2021 10:04:14

Marie Costanza   Marie Costanza
Walt, WOW! What a fabulous job of post processing. I especially love the texture and colors that you brought out. The window looks amazing. It is no surprise that you received Best of the Year for this image, which is simply stunning!   Posted: 06/14/2021 13:01:59


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