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There’s Gold In Them Hills

Crescent Valley Gold Mine

This is just a fraction of the gold mine near Crescent Valley Nevada. I believe they called this pit, the ‘Pipeline’ because the ore vein was discovered near an old water pipe. Now, the pit itself is over a mile long and several hundred feet deep. It produces….you won’t believe it….three million dollars in gold every Thursday!

I’m A Lot Like You

Nik Analog Efex Pro Tutorial Portrait

Yep, the title is a reference to a Neil Young tune. Can you guess it? I hope you all had a great weekend! I putting the finishing touches on some new items that will be available in a very cool offering in January. I’m not supposed to talk about it yet, but it is going to be awesome and should save you a bunch of money on some great photo deals.

Photographer’s Note – I posted the ‘How-To’ about this image over on my YouTube channel. It is another example of building custom camera kits in Nik Analog Efex Pro. If you’d like more videos like this, make sure you subscribe to my channel. I post new ones quite a bit.

Basque Influence

Star Elko Nevada

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.

Further South of Currie Nevada

South or Currie Nevada

South or Currie Nevada

These are two of my favorite images I made in that great grass valley between Currie and Ely Nevada. Surprisingly, they were shot at the exact same spot. One was facing south, the other facing west. I always find it fascinating how many photos can be made from the same location. We each bring our own perspectives that are shaped by the unique story of our lives. I often wonder what my images say about me.

I hope you have enjoyed this week’s short little adventure. The goal was simple. Share a few images I made by asking a friend which way we should travel. The lesson is straightforward and I’m sure many of you know it better than I. The world is a big place. Asking friends and strangers to share their story will enhance your experience of this world. So next time you are out, ask someone…’which way do you think I should go?”. You might be surprised what you find.

Photographer’s Note – I’m pretty sure all the images that I have shared from this adventure were shot with my Nikon D7000 and a used 18-200mm lens. A fairly modest rig compared to some. Each images was processed in Lightroom 4. Again, another modest post processing tool. I guess the other lesson to be had is one that is the theme of this site…”It’s not about the gear…it’s about recognizing the creativity that I know is in each one of you and applying it to your own adventure”.

Just South of Currie Nevada

Currie Nevada

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, the rest of this week is a look at the images I made on an adventure planned via my iPhone with the help of a longtime prospector. The goal was simple…we asked Jay to find us some ghost towns. That he did…The adventure took us from the town of Crescent Valley, NV to Elly, NV by way of Currie and Cherry Creek.

This image was shot just south of Currie, NV at what used to be a Pony Express stop. Years ago this was rocking rail line transporting ore from the areas around Elly, NV. Now…well, you can see what it has become.

Photographer’s Note – I shot this photo with a Nikon D7000 and 18-200 VR Lens. I processed it using Lightroom 4. To achieve the selenium look I used a ‘Duo-Toning’ technique to add some blues to the shadows. If you are interested in this lens, I have a full review of it here (Click Here).