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Crescent Valley – Part I

The Story of Crescent Valley

I can’t begin to tell you about how excited I am about this week’s images. We just got back from an epic adventure in the American Southwest. We spent the week in a place that most of the world doesn’t know about, or if it did, it forgot about it long ago. I will be dedicating this week to Crescent Valley, NV. It is a 1 square mile patch of land in the middle of the Nevada desert that is surrounded by North America’s richest gold mines. The mine up the valley from Crescent Valley costs $600k/day to run but produces over $45 million a week in gold bars. It is this mineral wealth that wrote the stories of an untold amount of people who have settled in this valley over the last 200 years. This week I hope to share the stories I found in this quiet forgotten valley.

Today’s Images: A glimpse into the past of Crescent Valley isn’t hard to find. The hills surrounding the valley are rich with history. It helped that we were accompanied by a 40 year resident/prospector. I will have a fully story about our guide and good friend, Jay, on Thursday. For the next couple of days, I will be sharing the places he showed us.

Photographic Note: By the time we assembled the team each day, we ended up doing a majority of our exploration in the worst possible light. When I’m out shooting in these conditions, I tend to look for shapes and contrast. I find these are the conditions that make for compelling black and white images. I processed these images using Nik’s Silver Efex Pro 2. So far it’s the most efficient tool I have found for black and white conversions. Not only is it efficient, it’s powerful enough to expand your creative vision. Nik just released there newest toolset, Color Efex Pro 4. Tomorrow I will have a processing video demonstrating it in action. It is awesome!

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  1. Terrific shots Justin. I’m looking forward to the rest of the week.

  2. Yep.. looking forward to more. I especially like shots 1, 4, and 5. Great work, Justin.

  3. Great looking shots. It’s #3 and #5 for me. I want to see what’s at the end of the road. ;-)

    • Thanks Kevin. You would be in GS heaven out there. Miles and miles of dirt roads through unmapped valleys. That road was actually part of the old 49er trail that took folks to the gold rush in San Francisco. Crazy amount of history in them hills.

  4. Beautiful B/W shots!

  5. Hey Justin, these are some very cool images, look forward to your video on CEP 4!

  6. Fantastic shots! Being a web developer and designer, I can really appreciate your website design as well. I loved Nevada, when I was moving out here to the Pacific Northwest. We stayed in a creepy little town called Tenopah, I think it was. Looking forward to more!

  7. Very interesting place. I learn so much from you. I always wonder how I can capture the harsh mid day sun. We’ll have to catch up soon!

  8. Casey Pitman says:

    These are great photos of my home town! And you are right, there is so much to learn there, but also can be learned in a matter of a few days or so. Well my opinion any way. Then again I lived there for 9 years of my life.

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