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Downtown -Bodie

Posted by
Denny Jump (Bellevue, WA, United States) on 12 July 2010 in Landscape & Rural.

This is a view of the primary "downtown" . In this image, thee largest structure with the spire on top (perhaps a lightning rod?) is the schoolhouse.

FUJIFILM FinePix E550 1/1700 second F/8.0 ISO 400 12 mm

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Cosmin from Bucharest, Romania

i like this ghost town

12 Jul 2010 6:40am

@Cosmin: Hi Cosmin - Thank you very much - There will be more photos coming over the next few days.

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

Wow, this is gorgeous... fantastic colors and landscape!

12 Jul 2010 12:28pm

@Nazzareno: Hi Nazzareno - Thank you very much for viewing and leaving your kind comment. I do appreciate it. Please feel free to watch for the next several days as I wil have more of this Ghost Tow.

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Another great shot from this series . I love this one too . Beautiful nuances of brown :)

12 Jul 2010 12:49pm

@MARIANA: Thanks Mariana - The sky and light were very cooperative that day as well - Thanks my friend!

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

From what I can see, nothing much has changed :)))

12 Jul 2010 2:51pm

@john4jack: Probably not - However I heard that Wal-Mart was trying to buy nearby land.

JJ from Jersey City, United States

Such wonderful earthy tones, so deserted now, but can imagine the activity and excitement when it was in its hay day

12 Jul 2010 6:50pm

@JJ: Hi JJ - That is a really good point - this place was really rockin' back in the day - no doubt. Thanks for checking in :-)

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Interesting series of pics - the imagination runs wild.

12 Jul 2010 6:51pm

@Nigel: Hi Nigel - Thank you - yes It is hard to know how it may have been exactly but that just drives the imagination more doesn't it? Thanks for viewing and thank you for your comment sir. :-)

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Totally cool!

12 Jul 2010 10:10pm

@Steve Rice: Hi Steve and thank you - it really is a pretty cool place when there are not too many other people but they need all the attendance they can get.

Susan from Sausalito, United States

You've done such a wonderful job with this. I love the colors...I remember Bodie as being so blasted by the sun...this makes it less severe to my eyes.

12 Jul 2010 10:34pm

@Susan: Wow thanks Susan - I do appreciate it - I continue to be amazed by what that little Fuji did back in those days. I love my Olympus E510 but that Fuji was the bomb with sharpness.

Bill Brown from California, United States

This is beautiful Denny! With these fabulous colors, it hardly seems like a ghost town.

13 Jul 2010 2:20am

@Bill Brown: Thank you Bill - Yes the State Park system sort of keeps it in the same condition without letting it get an worse as I was just mentioning to Steven but the colors and wood really amazed me too. Thanks again sir I appreciate your remarks :-) All the BEst

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Beautiful textures seen in the buildings' clapboard siding and the road helps give this composition some depth. No bias here, but it's always nice when City Hall is included. ;-)

13 Jul 2010 2:39am

@Steven: Hi Steven Thank You very much - well as you know , City Hall can't be foght anyway but thank you for the comment - the wood/grain/texture etc was one thing that kinda struck me when we visited there if I remember correctly. I think alot of it had to do with the climate but the Park also treats the town as a "state of arrested decay" whatever that means - I know they sort of "keep it in the same condition somehow - not improving but not allowing it to diminish - if that makes sense. Thank you sir - off to work now..gestapo at work won't allow blogs - at least for now.

Julie from Easton, United States

Very nice composition here! Hmm, wonder what it would look like in b&w????

16 Jul 2010 7:12pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Many people have done it (B&W) - I kinda prefer the antique or sepia tone for these old westy type shots...but mainly I have to say I am a color guy

16 Jul 2010 9:03pm

Dana from St. Louis, United States

what a really neat place. if i am near i will definitely check it out.

28 Jul 2010 12:56am

1/1700 second
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