The Lost America Blog

The Sand Fire

My friend Ron Pinkerton posted a very cool night shot of the Sand Fire, currently raging north of LA, last weekend. I liked it so much, I made a night wildfire painting yesterday. It’s a pretty loose interpretation of Ron’s pic.

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100 Thistles

Farm truck, abandoned in the golden hills of California.  Shot August 2015. 3-minute exposure, lit with Protomachine flashlight in deep shade.

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Jet on Rails

Fisheyed Vought F8 fuselage at Paul’s, 10/14.  Yellow, purple and red light, under the full moon for 140 seconds.

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Connie and the Warthogs

November 1996, Tucson, Arizona. Over the fence at one of the recyclers on the perimeter of Davis Montana AFB. A mothballed AWACS Constellation, with A-10s circling overhead, doing touch-and-go’s. I ended up getting in there to shoot it about 5 years later, after it was dragged to a different spot. It’s gone now, no idea […]

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152, 3 AM

For those of you that don’t know, I paint too.  Acrylic on 16×20 canvas.  About 7 hours work, not including preliminary sketches.

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The First Bus

November 1999. 160T film. No idea of exposure, but it looks short for me, maybe 4 minutes? Possibly before moonrise. Church bus, left behind in a junkyard near Wasco, California, that no longer exists. Almost broke my leg off stepping out of that door into a 2-foot hole, obscured by tumbleweeds, after adding the red […]

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Fireball XL5

I half expected to see the stringless ghost of Steve Zodiac climb out of the dusty cockpit of “Snoopy”, the forgotten B-58; parked among the Joshuas and creosote on the dry-lake fringe of Edwards AFB, like some crashed sci-fi space ship on some distant planet.  About 15 minutes with no added light.  August 2014.  Still remains one of […]

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Petroleum Bender

Looking West from southern Nevada, as a late spring storm comes barreling in from the Sierras. Near midnight, May 21st, 2016. Fisheyed and lit from 2 directions (plus the full moon), in the lobby of that lonely gas station, in that big empty between Beatty and Goldfield.

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Chas de Young

Big fun at the one-night-workshop at Cypress Lawn cemetery last night, shooting with a big pack of night photographers. Catching up with old friends, making new ones, and taking weird pictures, on a perfect, crystal clear night.  Some of the newbies fell for the technique hard, always fun to watch. Charles de Young, co-founder and editor […]

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