Where Does Life Take Us?

Recently I met someone that told me they had never been as far West as Montana before. The sight of the mountains here were almost overwhelming for him. Now this kind of got me thinking about those that don’t get to travel a lot or how much I get to. Living here in Bozeman I’m always surprised to here from people that they have never traveled further away than Idaho or Wyoming. It’s almost as if being here is like being in isolation. For myself I find it damn enjoyable to get away from everything else but still see the world around me. I am constantly reminded, and so should every photographer that spends time on the road, just how fortunate I am.

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Watching sunrise over Mono Lake

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The magic of sunrise at Yosemite Falls in Winter

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Discovering the Grand Canyon on Kauai

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Maybe just the backyard

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A rainstorm blowing through the desert.

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Or even winter in one of the most solitude of places.

Reflecting on Nevada City

Nevada City in south western Montana is a treasure trove that never ceases to be awesome. Out of all the times that i have traveled down there, this was the only time that the reflection in the pond was striking.

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Images captured with D3, Nikkor AF-S 24-70, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film

It’s all melting too fast

It never ceases to amaze me how quickly the storms can change around here. One minute it’s a blizzard roaring down a foot of snow and the next its sunny and warm. Yesterday we had a great big snow storm come through which was great for shooting but wouldn’t you know it the sun came out and most of it’s gone already down in the lower areas. Guess that means i’ll have to climb up into some higher spots this evening. O well the fly fishing is supposedly getting better.

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Image captured with D3, 24-70 AF-S, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film

Uncovering the tracks

I was somewhat turned in two when i went to the ghost town this time. I thought that i would make a gallery about it afterward but something grabbed hold of me and i couldn’t the other day i just didn’t want to. Not sure why, considering the images were all there, maybe just second guessing myself again. Not sure even what to say here in this post. The back of this one train car always grabbed my attention with the wavy design in the wheel handle and then the faded wood of the back door. Here are some images of the history of the west. Maybe they’ll grab your attention as they have mine.

Images captured with D3, 24-70 AF-S, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film

Wheels a turnin’


Well hopefully for someone somewhere the wheels are a turning, for it’s back to a another familiar place to try and find new images that i haven’t already taken a dozen times in the past. It seems to be a recurring theme of mine lately, doesn’t it. Good news though, the fresh snow added some interesting elements to play with in one of my favorite ghost towns, Nevada City of course and that let new images arise that i never would have noticed otherwise. Of course all the rabbit tracks had my attention but they weren’t as cooperative. Wagon wheels are a lot of fun to play with because they can break up any linear element with that great curve and the light going through the spokes makes just amazing shadows.


Now the hard part i found was capturing that romance and nostalga feel to the pre-tire era which was was the wagon wheel. Getting the right angle with the right background to capture that fleeting moment of where the wheel has been and where it still wants to go is very important. I love working with these kind of wheels, i can never find enough of them. There truly are just so many ways to go about shooting them that it’s hard to talk about just these two.

Images captured with D3, 24-70 AF-S, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film

More ghost towns

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I know i haven’t posted anything from Nevada City for a while so i thought i would bring it up again. The great thing about that ghost town are the signs that mark the windows and doorways of some of the buildings. I have always liked this giant star hanging above one of the doors.

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The simple frost in the window got my attention here. It had just snowed the day before and this was the result. Made me think of the movie A Christmas Story and the infamous tripple dog dare to stick the tongue to the flag pole, poor Flick. Ah yes good times, goooood times. If only i could get someone here to do that.

Images captured with D2Hs, 70-180macro, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film

Closing down shop

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Today was the end of DLWS Montana and what a marvelous time it was. Days and days of compiling images and meeting new people happened it what seemed like the blink of an eye, and with that blink it ended. The door closed on that chapter of events and is waiting to be opened again, not knowing what new treasures might be found or new experiences made on the way. It was an amazing time and I wanna thank everyone for including me in it, especially my parents who made it all happen.

Afternoon rendevous in a Ghost town

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The afternoon shoot on this second day was at Nevada City. A really cool place where there are tons of opportunities for anyone with an open mind. There is never enough time or light to be spent at this gold mine of images.

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One of the coolest parts of this ghost town is the ability to take a shot of almost anything and be able to make it into a black & white. There always seems to be one more around the corner.

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