Nov 212014
 

Continuing ever west along Route 66 (map).

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35°2'12" N 114°19'57" W

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Nov 192014
 

Continuing west towards Oatman from Cool Springs, I came to the curves in the road you see here.  I knew that I wanted to get a shot of them, but shooting them from road level wasn’t going to work.  I grabbed my hiking boots and started hiking up the nearby hill to see if I could find a good vantage point.  I kept climbing higher and higher until I was at the top of the hill.  At this point I had a good view and could see a good stretch of road, but I wanted a good foreground element.  As I scanned the hillside I spotted this amazing yucca and climbed down to it (map).

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35°1'53" N 114°19'17" W

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Nov 172014
 

My Byways project would not be complete without shots from along The Mother Road included.  To fix this fact, in late September I decided to make a road trip to a stretch of historic Route 66 that stretches from Kingman, Arizona to Needles, California by way of Oatman, Arizona.  I made several stops along the drive and will be sharing several shots from along the way over the next couple days.

This particular shot came from just west of Cool Springs, Arizona.  I could give you a whole history of Cool Springs, but I think it would be better to just link you to their website which is available here (map).

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35°1'39" N 114°18'36" W

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Nov 142014
 

I’ve had this shot of a firey sunset over the Las Vegas Strip in my mind for quite a while.  I’d been keeping my eyes on the evening clouds for a few months waiting for the right conditions.  This first attempt turned out pretty well, but I know I can do better.  For this attempt I had to REALLY crop in close, in the future I want there to be more clouds in the sky so I don’t have to.

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Fire Over the Strip

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Nov 122014
 

Having finished up my trip to Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge, I set out south along US-93 to head home.  Along the way I kept seeing lightning firing off along both sides of the highway.  I desperately wanted to stop and setup to capture some lightning, but this stretch of highway does have wide shoulders so stopping right off the highway was out of the question.  Then I remembered the junction with NV-168, and raced to this less traveled stretch of Nevada highway.  Once there I pulled over onto a very wide shoulder and setup at the first large yucca I could find.  As luck would have it, the day old full moon started to peek its face out from behind the clouds illuminating all the plants.  I setup my timer and started capturing.  I spent an hour at this location while the storm slowly moved north.  For this shot I combined the lightning strikes of 13 different frames to get what you see here.

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Electrifying

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Nov 102014
 

Back in August I went to Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge to shoot a meteor shower.  Sadly once I arrived I realized exactly how bad the skies were going to be for astrophotography.  Undeterred, I spent an hour or so walking around my favorite park of the refuge near Upper Pahranagat Lake.  I’ve shot this tree before just over a year ago.  At that time much of the ground you see here was still under water.  The drought is hitting this area particularly hard as lakes continue to recede.  You can see my shot from a year ago by clicking here.

This image is an HDR created from 5 different frames.  I’ve included the 0EV frame as the “original”.  With the huge amount of tonal range between the foreground and background sky, this was a perfect use case for HDR.  I tried to keep the resulting image as natural as possible.  I’m pretty happy with the results.

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Pahranagat Sunset

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