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Swayzey Hotel - Bodie

Posted by
Denny Jump (Bellevue, WA, United States) on 13 July 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

This is a corrected note;

This image is of the Swazey hotel

FUJIFILM FinePix E550 1/950 second F/7.1 ISO 400 8 mm

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Scott F. Schilling from San Martin, United States

Great image and I like the old cart!

13 Jul 2010 2:07pm

@Scott F. Schilling: Hi Scott - Thank you very much. Yes the cart adds flavor to the scene - I really like the leaning building but it would be nothing without the cart. - I guess I was lucky. Thanks again sir :-)

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

The old cart makes so much difference to this shot.

13 Jul 2010 4:59pm

@Nigel: Hi Nigel - Yes it surely does make the picture...my brother is a painter (watercolors) and he plans to do this image . He usually takes a bit of license with his images but I am sure it will come out looking much better than this photo.

JJ from Jersey City, United States

It sure has a lean or curve to it, another wonderful shot in this series

13 Jul 2010 5:42pm

@JJ: Hi JJ - YEs the structure is kind of scary really, yoou'd think ut was about to collapse!! Thanks very much for the comment - I really like your shadow today :-)

Michael from Chester, United Kingdom

I would love to visit one of these western ghost towns in real life, a very nice shot stretching out of town.

13 Jul 2010 10:40pm

@Michael: Hi Michael - Thank you very mch for the comment. I really like your photos as well - I plan to view more often for sure. Thank you for "stopping by" :-)

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, United States

Awesome shot! love this! Nice western ghost town shot! I am expecting John Wayne to walk out! Superb work!!!!

14 Jul 2010 12:04am

@Wild Mustang Photography: Hi Pam - thank you my friend. I just wish I had cropped in maybe just a bit more bt it seems like our friends are quite enjoying this little "tour" I am giving...some of the scens are not that exciting but I am really just trying to gove folkd a look at the American West...something that seems to have always intrigued many. Welcome back :-)

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

That is a leaner! Great shot that gives us a nice flavor of the place.

14 Jul 2010 2:05am

@Steve Rice: Hi Steve - Thank you. I wasn't sure if I should crop in more or not so I left it alone - as I mentioned to Pam (Wild Mustang Photography), ,y main goal with these is to simply give an idea to those who have not seen this place. Thanks very much for the comment. :-)

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

And here I thought you were using a fisheye lens. ;-) Glad you clarified this. I love the sky's color which highlights some of the roofs nicely. Is this area closed during the evening hours?

14 Jul 2010 2:48am

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Hi Steven Yes actually i believe it is but I am not totally sure as it has been a while since I shot these. However My guess would be that they remain open during daylight hoours only due to several reasons - remoteness (usually it's a ranger couple (husband and wife) that stay/live thee also ther's that wonderful modern day phenomenon of idiot vandalism / and just security and safety of visitors stumbling around on things as well, that's another probable reason. Well that's my story anyway and I am sticking to it Thanks Steven :-)

14 Jul 2010 10:39am

Andrea from Regina, Canada

This is such a great image. I wonder if that one log to the side is the only thing holding it up? Great colours and lighting.

14 Jul 2010 2:23pm

@Andrea: It would appear so....hmmmm....We really had good fortune that day with the skies and lighting - Thank you for you kind remarks Andrea - I love your work!! Denny

Julie from Easton, United States

The cart does add to the scene, but I am just amazed how that building is still standing! Wonderful shot!

16 Jul 2010 7:13pm

Dana from St. Louis, United States

i wonder if it was named before or after it began to sway ;)

28 Jul 2010 12:58am

FUJIFILM FinePix E550
1/950 second
F/7.1
ISO 400
8 mm

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