You wouldn’t expect to find a heavy Basque shepherd influence in Nevada. But you do! Yep, the Basque shepherds that migrated from Spain settled in the little town of Elko Nevada where they kept their traditions alive an well. The shepherds are a migratory bunch, that follow the movements of their sheep. Rarely do they stay in one place very long. All they need is a room for the night, a large family style meal and a cold beer. The Star Restaurant in Elko, NV honors that tradition and continues to provide those necessities to the Basque shepherds that still visit the area. If you’re ever in Elko, make sure to grad dinner there. The Star is a living piece of history.
I shot this sunset outside of the small town of Elko, NV. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again….zoom or telephoto lenses will often make better landscape lenses than wide angle lenses. There’s no way I could have achieved the tonal recession in the image with a wide angle lens. I was using one of my favorite all around lenses, the Nikon 18-200 VR. If you are interested, I posted an image heavy review of this lens here.
Photographer’s Note: This is a single image processed using Lightroom 4.
Elko Nevada is a place you might pull off to get some rest if you are on a long road trip, but not a place you would set out to visit. It is an old gambling town, with a few buffets and card games. What I didn’t know about it was that just a mile over the hill (you can’t see them from downtown) are the Ruby Mountains, and they are amazing. I will make sure to post some photos from the Rubies in the future. They actually call Ruby Canyon a mini Yosemite…and they aren’t lying!
My work on the story of the Rodeo Athlete continued tonight. Here is a quick iPhone pic from the chutes. In case you were wondering, he made 8!