Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Starry Skies Day 3

Today we are on the move. Class starts at noon in Lone Pine, so we check out late morning and make the 1 1/2 hr drive up 395. I stop at the charcoal kilns and also at scenic spots along the highway. Driving through he desert, I see a bright green patch of farmland with a motorized watering system. I also pass an enormous orchard as far as the eye can see in either direction. Not good uses of desert land that has no water. I also pass a large solar farm which seems like a much better use of land. I also pass the Owens Valley, parts of which flows as a river. This must be water for LA.

Class today is discussion in blending of images in Photoshop. I will need to do some brushing up on my skills. In the afternoon, we head out to the Alabama Hills, 30K acres of geologic formations that are a popular filming location for television and movie productions, especially Westerns set in an archetypical "rugged" environment. Since the early 1920s, 150 movies and about a dozen television shows have been filmed here, including Tom Mix films, Hopalong Cassidy films, The Gene Autry ShowThe Lone Ranger and Bonanza. It is a beautiful area with very unusual rock formations. We shoot the rocks at sunset, then practice star photography and light painting until 1am, dragging ourselves to bed in the wee hours of the morning. 


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