These shots are from the Cultural Mirages: Route 66 and the Mojave Desert workshop I attended Friday, January 26 through Sunday, January 28, 2007, in and around beautiful Barstow, California.
Dave Wyman led it and I helped, too. It was sponsored in part by the San Diego Natural History Museum.
If you're interested in how I made these images, see my tech data page with explicit details. Subject descriptions may invoke creative licence. I include this text because so many people care about how I did this, which admittedly was the point of the workshop.
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Day 1: Afternoon Arrival in Barstow, California, 26 January 2007. Next Photo >>
Sign Collection, Tom's Welding.
My 14mm ultra-ultra wide angle lens lets you see left, right and straight up at the same time. It sees 90 degrees in every direction, and keeps straight lines straight. Next Photo >>
Bars of Enriched Steel.
More Sign Collection. Sorry for the repetition. It won't happen again.
Barstow Rail Station.
This is an easy shot that impresses the innocent. Wait until the sky gets about as dark as the lights, and make a photo. You'll get the vivid color contrast you see here. This is exactly as it came out of the camera and you can do this with any point-and-shoot. The key is to be sufficiently observant to recognize that it's time to shoot. Next Photo >>
The Desert Lodge.
I don't need no stinking tripod, even though I always have one in the car. In cases like this I use the Continuous shutter mode and hold the shutter button down long enough to fire several shots. I later select the sharpest. This is much easier than hauling around a tripod. Next Photo >>
Neon Office Sign, Barstow, California.
The Green Motel, Barstow, California.
I tilted down my 5D to get weird perspective distortion. I didn't like the effect after I made these shots.
Therefore I worked this over in Photoshop CS2's Lens Distortion Correction Filter to make everything parallel.
The colors are as they came from my 5D; I didn't adjust any of them later. I used a tripod for this shot, but didn't need to. The results, at least printed at less than 4 feet (1.2m) wide are same as my hand-held shots made at f/4 at 1/8 second at ISO 400.
The Green Motel, same file as previous photo, before rectification.