Since yesterday’s post was about the importance of keeping the library updated and getting images processed as quickly as possible I thought i would keep with that idea and blog some photos that I have been working getting through and up. It kind of feels like house chores on the computer but it is also fun reliving some of the places that I’ve been. This is a good instance.
This is a place called Elkhorn State Park. It is a really tucked away place north of Butte, Mt. I went first went there a number of years ago and have been there a couple of times. Needless to say, it’s a drive to get there. Well the really cool feature about this place is that it has two large authentic theaters that are both double story. Fraternity Hall, as this one is known as, allows visitors in the summer time to go inside and see what it like to walk back in time.
The really cool thing about this hall is that looking one way in the afternoon and it’s really dark. You turn around and look behind you and the place looks warm and bright. It’s this one feature that really caught both mine and Dad’s eye. Dark and gloomy one way, warm and bright the other.
One of my goals over this next school year here in Montana is too get more proficient with my landscape work. As you might have noticed i haven’t been shooting much wildlife these past couple of weeks. Well my luck ain’t too great right now with finding places to shoot. I keep exploring, trying to find new places that are close by, most of the time unsuccessful. Fall bird migration is slowly starting and that is on my mind a lot right now as far as locals go. Until then though you’re just gonna have to suffer with my landscapes.
These shots were taken ontop of the mountains to the east of the town, right next to the cemetary. It overlooked most of the nearby area including the town. Much to my dismay the cloud bank to the west sucked the light away before any great color arose above me. The skies ended up being a little mild but still interesting.
Images captured with D2Hs, 17-55, on lexar UDMA Digital Film
Two of the most symbolic and truly amazing remains of Elkhorn are Fraternity Hall and Gillian Hall. These two buildings were mostly responsible for the original desire to preserve the ghost town. They display the architecture of the west. Yet they don’t seem the same without the music. Fraternity Hall is actually really cool. It has two floors that can still be walked on and has the original stages too. Unfortunately it has some graphite inside, which sucks.
This balchony sure did stand out. Much to pity though the sky was utterly useless for an image. The first thing that caught my eye about this ghost town was this balchony. It’s still ing reat condition and makes this town what it is. When i was photographing this building i was wondering why there wasn’t more of these stylish elements in other ghost towns. Haven’t seen many of them before. Also in case your wondering why i keep using both camera bodies, it’s just so that i don’t have to switch lenses. One on the shoulder the other carried by hand. Hurray multitasking.
Images captured with D2Hs, 17-55, D3, 70-300 AF-S vr, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film
Since Montana is still uncharted for me, i spend a lot of my time exploring new areas, both online and traveling. I was looking for ghost towns for another project of mine and found this one called Elkhorn State Park. An old silver mining camp that was very successful back in the 1880’s. Two of the truly unique structures are the two halls left in the town, but those images won’t go up till later. The towns itself sits deep in the Elkhorn mountains and is at the end of a long dirt road. There aren’t too many buildings left and does have a few residents at the moment.
The town sits with hills on either side of it so i was a little concerned about the light. The afternoon light seemed to work out alright with the limited cloud cover. The challenge here wasn’t what to shoot but how to not include the newer buildings that surround the few historic ones. Each corner had a little something else around them. Wouldn’t be fun without that challenge though.
Most ghost towns you can’t go into, well this is one of the few that you can. The two halls can be walked into but this building didn’t have much a floor left so i thought better than to go into it. The light was coming through the window right on this old stove. Always did like these old stoves, the character too them is just so cool. Inside and out these buildings just seem to have it all.
Images on top captured with D2Hs, 17-55, bottom was D3, 70-300 AF-S vr, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film