1,560 miles of Super Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse and Ghost Town road trip. Part 1

Valley of Fire, Super Blood(less) Lunar Eclipse rising in east over the cliffs. Copyright Vanderhoof Photography 2015

Valley of Fire, Super Blood(less) Lunar Eclipse rising in east over the cliffs. Copyright Vanderhoof Photography 2015

OK, so yeah, I beat feet into a road trip……

Nine months into a new business and I’m still setting up.

I needed the fresh air, 9 days of on the road. Running in with a storm front or some kind of clouds most the way.

Like a pinball I bounced this way and that through some 1,560 miles, 6 ghost towns, Mono Lake and eastern Sierras for a preview of the fall colors and a few wrong turns or just curious to see what is around the corner Finds of great enjoyment. An adventure is not an ADVENTURE to me if everything is planned out and NOTHING LEFT TO CHANCE! GOT TO HAVE MYSTERY.

First stop was with an old pro photographer, Rick Rosen, he was showing us his favorites shooting spots in the Valley of Fire in Nevada. Got some great petroglyphs before the eclipse. I however have them in this post after the Eclipse.

33 years till this eclipse thing comes around again.

Yes, the clouds were a pain, the group I was with found our spot to shoot and this is what I got…….jumped out shot this 200mm f/10 1/100sec ISO 2500, hand held! People were using the area for a wedding when we passed by about 15 minutes earlier. So we came back since nothing was further up the road.

Grabbed my tripod, looked for a view and the moon was behind the clouds.

Few minutes later this steadier shot, but cloudier

Eclipse peeking out. Copyright Vanderhoof Photography 2015

Eclipse peeking out. Copyright Vanderhoof Photography 2015

A little later, peeking out again, Quick,Find it! Range it! Shoot!

Clouds clearing again for a few minutes, yes it is almost a Blood Moon eclipse.

Clouds clearing again for a few minutes, yes it is almost a Blood Moon eclipse.

and Blood Moon photo of Course, happened with a little hazy clouds but there are a couple stars in this tighter crop of a ISO 16000, 294mm, f/6.3 @ 3.2 sec exposure.

Super Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse. Copyright Vanderhoof Photography

Super Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse. Copyright Vanderhoof Photography

And now a few other shots,

petroglyphs;

A wall of petroglyphs, just one site of may. Keep your eyes open where the black is on the rocks. Copyright (Native Americans) Vanderhoof Photography

A wall of petroglyphs, just one site of may. Keep your eyes open where the black is on the rocks. Copyright (Native Americans) Vanderhoof Photography

and a close up,

Another place, getting right up close. Copyright (Native American) Vanderhoof Photography

Another place, getting right up close. Copyright (Native American) Vanderhoof Photography

I was just in love with the colors,

Lichen on rocks, blessed with clouds, what colors!!! Copyright Vanderhoof Photography 2015

Lichen on rocks, blessed with clouds, what colors!!! Copyright Vanderhoof Photography 2015

and for a Meetup.com shooting buddy I ran with few years ago, a Hole shot!

shooting out of hole in rocks at landscape

Emil would hunt for holes to shoot out of. I did similar over the years as I shot under bridges, mineshafts, knots in trees, so here is a nice one. We would have been at it for weeks here. Copyright Vanderhoof Photography 2015

This next shoot is for those of you who might not understand the Idea of digital being a Whole New Media,

10000 ISO, 8 sec, wind blowing, yeah, this is art is the birthing process. I like where it is going, print on matte paper. Soft painterly look. Camera & Lightroom. Copyright Vanderhoof Phtotgraphy 2015

10000 ISO, 8 sec, wind blowing, yeah, this is art is the birthing process. I like where it is going, print on matte paper. Soft painterly look. Camera & Lightroom AND Creative person. Copyright Vanderhoof Phtotgraphy 2015

Next day I moved on to Rhyolite.

Rhyolite old building

Old building in Rhyolite, Nevada. Now the clouds are friendly. Tourist attraction, but an easy out of the way place. Copyright Vanderhoof Photography 2015

First AND BIGGEST piece of advice, When going to ghost towns;

  1. Get there early. Get your shots before the crowds get there.
  2. Can’t get early, plan to stay till closing. Most Ghost towns open sunrise to sunset or less. Most tourists will head for food and lodging mid afternoon. Less traffic in your shots, maybe some early golden hour shots. The ghost towns don’t want people walking around in the dark, too dangerous.

The storm clouds were present for most of the trip, some times getting so thick and soft as to be a gray blur. I slept in the cab of my Ford Ranger. I didn’t want to wait for tent and stuff to dry out if it rained. Just curl up for a few hours. Then move on again.

Had to wait a few minutes for some people to move out of the fenced in area, then this shot;

old ghost town building in Rhyolite

Clouds going soft, playing with the silhouette. Rhyolite, Nv. Copyright Vanderhoof photography 2015

 

Next stop was Gold Point Nv.

Nice out of the way place.

old building in Gold Point Nv. ghost town

Kind of tourist like. but fun and not too busy while I was there. All alone in Gold Point Nv. Copyright Vanderhoof Photography 2015

But some fun stuff out back of the town too!!

Spent a few minutes playing with the steel framework, sky and other back structures. Gold Point Nv. Copyright Vanderhoof Photography 2015

Spent a few minutes playing with the steel framework, sky and other back structures. Gold Point Nv. Copyright Vanderhoof Photography 2015

The next 2 stops were not much for me to shoot, Goldfield is a living town and too busy for me to stop that day.

Belmont was marked private and very obvious homes in and around everything, just quietly moved on after a shot or 2.

However there is a campground that may be very good for astrophotography, long ways to anything. Very tiny town. Will spend a night or 2 out there, to see.

That was the turning point on US 95, I came back down to US 6 and went West.

Mono lake and Eastern Sierra, Bodie!!!

However it is break time, so this is Part one, and I will begin Part 2 after dinner.

Creative shooting and please feel free to ask questions.

 

All comments in artistic, opened minded opinions are welcome.

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