The Lost America Blog

Bel Air Inferno

We go closer and closer, deep into the burnt out hulk.  Camera off the tripod now, sitting inside the car, at the corner of the rear window, on a pile of melted, broken glass.  Pretty much impossible to get full coverage without seeing the light source, this is a composite of two 1-minute exposures.  Lime green and red from […]

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Rusty Humpback

Inches away, we swim with the rusty humpback in its unnatural habitat. 1956 Chevy Bel Air, lost to the 2013 Sand Canyon fire that consumed Cameron’s Dairy and the S.S. Minnow along Highway 58, near Tehachapi, California. 148-seconds of full moon and a few seconds of red, straight down on each fin and purple rotated […]

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Cameron’s Dairy

Same burnt-out diary as the last couple of posts, but from the outside this time.  201-seconds under the full moon.  Lit with 2 colors from one spot: from inside the building, behind the slim wall between the door and window.  I bounced red off the floor and ceiling to give the room some ambient glow, and purple out […]

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Until There’s Nothing Left To Burn

Looking out the doorway seen in yesterday’s post, at burnt-out Cameron’s Dairy, off of Highway 58 in SoCal.  265-seconds at f/8, under the full moon, and 2 colors (from 4 directions) from the Protomachine flashlight.

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All Fall Down

The fire-ravaged dairy (and melted ’56 Chevy), along Highway 58, near Tehachapi, California (at the “S.S. Minnow”, for you frequent travelers).  118-seconds, fisheye at f/8, under the full moon, with 3 colors (from 7 directions), from the Protomachine flashlight.

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Boron North

Fractured phone pole and prisoner barracks at Boron AFS/Prison, abandoned in the Mojave. It was late, about 1:30. Everyone else in the workshop had left, so I sat down and relaxed out of the wind and did this hour-long, pure moon-and star-light stack. I don’t usually like to tie up my camera for this long, […]

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Perishables

Smashed food storage lockers and empty Quonset, behind the cafeteria at Boron AFS/Prison.

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The Fall Comes to Boron

Downslope from the prison cafeteria, the hill subsides.  The retaining wall and Joshua lean deeply, the effect enhanced by the fisheye lens from a foot off the ground.  Yellows and greens from the Protomachines flashlight combined with the full moon, during a 135 second exposure.

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The Golden Tips

More Joshua Tree fun at the empty husk of Boron AFS.  Same tree as yesterday’s post, but about 4 hours later, from the other side.  106-seconds, full moon, Protomachine flashlight: 2 colors, from 4 directions.

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The Best Side of Boron

On the last night of October’s secret alumni workshop, I took the group on a field trip to the abandoned AFS/Prison at Boron.  A bit more tagged and mauled since last summer, but still highly shootable.  Free-range workshopping (ie: not inside a junkyard for the night) was a new experience for me, but everyone loved it. 146-seconds under the […]

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