Road, Distant Peaks, Storm Clouds, Sun Beams, B&W

Road from Bodie SHP, Bridgeport, CA

As I was driving away from Bodie State Historical Park after a few hours of peering into the windows of the buildings in the state of “arrested decay”, there was still the drive to get back to Hwy 395 and Mono Lake.  While the last quarter of the road into Bodie is over washboard dirt roads, most of it over paved two-lane roads.  Throughout the morning in Bodie, storm clouds would appear, then disappear, and only occasionally provide a brief sprinkle or two.  On the drive out of Bodie on Hwy 270, this scene was ahead and I just had to stop the car and snap a few photographs.

This post could have been a self-critique for a few reasons including possible using f/22.  While I achieved great depth of field, f/22 might have been a bit much, plus the dust spots were accentuated and numerous and had to be removed in post.  But the most aggravating part of this photograph is the contour of the landscape.  The hills on the bottom third of the photograph are are naturally sloping downward to the right and it makes it seem as though the photograph is not level.  I saw this through the viewfinder and thought it could have been corrected in post, but in doing so the rest of the photograph would then appear as though it is tilting to the left.  Since I can’t really fix the shape of the environment, there wasn’t much I could have done.

The conversion into B&W was through Nik Silver EFex Pro 2 and a preset from a previous photograph (Bunker Hill Mine, Clouds, B&W) was used as the starting point for adjustments.

The other previously posted photographs from Bodie:

EXIF data: Nikon D50, patterned metering mode, 55mm, ISO 200, 1/130 sec, f/22

Road, Distant Peaks, Storm Clouds, Sun Beams, B&W.  Road from Bodie State Historical Park, Bridgeport, California. October 16, 2010. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.


6 thoughts on “Road, Distant Peaks, Storm Clouds, Sun Beams, B&W

    1. Thanks CZ! This composition fell into place right in front of me and I’m glad it was one of those times I pulled the car over and took a few snaps. And yes, I’m fortunate how I hope to frame the picture and what I saw on the viewfinder after the shot translated well when I saw it on the home monitor!


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