Piece by piece, battered by the elements, the Cook Bank Building slowly returns to the desert. As one of the most recognizable ruins in the ghost town of Rhyolite, the building was a beacon of prosperity during the town’s heyday. The three story building was completed in January 1908 at a cost of over $90,000. Inside were 2 vaults, Italian marble floors, mahogany woodwork, and the infrastructure we expect today (electricity, telephone, and plumbing).
The building housed the Cook Bank for only a few months before it was absorbed by the First National Bank of Rhyolite. There were eventually law offices on the top floor and the US Post Office worked out of the basement until 1919.
Processing Notes: Without the ability to shoot from the same level as the midpoint of this structure or access to a tilt-shift lens, the highest points of this building will appear to lean back and towards the left though the horizontal elements will appear level. Fortunately in applications such as Adobe Lightroom (and probably Aperture), there is a Lens Correction section to adjust the vertical tilt of the image to fix this distortion. If you know in advance you will adjust the distortion in post, make sure your main elements set from from the edge of the compostion. In the case of this photograph, the top brick portion was maybe 3/4 of the way up the composition. After adjustment, there is barely any margin left.
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, ISO100, 38mm, f/11, 1/10 sec
Rhyolite (NV), Building Corner, Bricks, Ruins. Rhyolite, NV. November 26, 2016. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.