Route 66, January 2007
Subject descriptions may invoke creative licence.
Day 2: Dawn in Daggett, California, 27 January 2007. Next Photo >>
Daggett Pioneer Cemetery, Daggett, California.
Sportsmans Club, Daggett, California.
Sportsmans Hut, Daggett, California.
Sportsmans Chalice, Daggett, California.
Morning, Newberry Springs, California.
My Canon 14mm is prone to ghosts if the sun is just out of the frame. As usual, I had to use my left hand, held up and to the right, to block the sun from shining into the lens. I held my 5D in my right hand.
There was a very relaxed and friendly Rottweiler walking around. My wife, like many people, is prejudiced against Rottweilers, and thinks they are mean. I wanted to get a shot with the huge Rottweiler looking scary, but he just didn't do it. All he did was look cute, which didn't add to the image. Next Photo >>
Modern Living, Newberry Springs, California.
Image Stabilization (the "IS" in the lens' model name) is great. I could shoot at f/16 to get both the trailer and the motel sign in perfect focus at ISO 50, and hand-hold it at 1/60 of a second. I didn't need to lug around a tripod like many of the others, which would have taken too long to have gotten this shot lined up just right. I hate tripods, except for long night exposures. Next Photo >>
Motel, Newberry Springs, California.
As many of these shots, I used my 14mm lens to make the sign appear tipped towards the rogue motel. This adds to drawing you into the photo. Otherwise it would be an even more boring static motel shot. Next Photo >>
Bagdad Cafe, Newberry Springs, California.
My 14mm lens is only inches from the sign. The point of a 14mm ultra-ultra wide lens is not to "get everything in." The purpose of an ultra wide lens is to allow you to get closer, which brings the viewer into the picture. Next Photo >>
Freightliner, Newberry Springs, California.
Another clichéed use of my ultra-ultra wide lens. Next Photo >>
The Fan of Mary, Newberry Springs, California.
Here I used my 14mm lens to let you see from inches away out to infinity. Note how you're both looking directly at the fan blade as well as out to the desert. Next Photo >>
Mary's, Newberry Springs, California.
Stake Office, Pisgah Crater.
This was bluer than I wanted. I warmed it (changed the white balance) later in Photoshop in the Levels command. I moved the middle slider of the red and blue channels to change this. There are many ways to change the white balance (color balance) of JPGs in Photoshop, all of which give the same result. Next Photo >>
Pisgah Altar, Pisgah Crater, California.
This was the site of the bizarre Pisgah religious cult, after which the Pisgah crater and volcano are named.
No one really knows exactly what the Pisgah did at this altar, and I don't really want to know. It wasn't pretty.
The Pisgah were a rogue stake that broke away from another pioneering church in the 1800s. They first were called "The Demon Stake" by other church members, before they were cast out into the desert. Next Photo >>
Pisgah Cult Buildings, Pisgah Crater, California.
These are the outsides of some of the buildings used by the cult.