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Junk Yard at the Gold King Mine
Lens: DA 12-24 Camera: K20D Photo Location: Jerome, Arizona ISO: 100 Shutter Speed: 1/250s Aperture: F8 
Posted By: interested_observer, 01-18-2012, 08:24 PM

I drove up to Jerome today. Its an old Copper, Gold and Silver mining town from the 1800's through about 1930 when it died. Last time I was there was when I was about 15 on a family vacation and the population of the town was 1. I spent most of the afternoon at the junkyard at the old Gold King Mine, which they have acquired a bunch of whatever, and set them in a little draw of a valley.

These were all 5 shot brackets at +/-2ev. I just made some pretty slight adjustments, trying to keep things reasonably natural.


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I really like #3! Looks like that place would be a blast to fill up a memory card I can just see the shallow depth of field on the headlight of one of those trucks and its lines disappearing into the bokeh!
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A gold mine in more ways than one.
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Very nice photos here, the town is a bit touristy now, but many gems like you found scattered around.

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I really liked the third shot It looked like my kind of interesting place.
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I agree with littledrawe, a place to fill up a memory card! Wow, what a gold mine! Tom
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Morning, I actually left the house at around 10 ish, got up there around noon, had lunch, did the state park there - asked for directions to the place, and then drove on over (its very easy to find). I spent the rest of the afternoon "filling up a memory card", plus part of a second - about 340 images in all (well divide by 5 since I was bracketing). This is up in a smallish canyon, so I had partial sunlight at the start and then everything in the shadows by the end (around 4.30pm). Still lots of stuff that I didn't get to. I am hobbling around with a fractured ankle from slipping on some ice up in Flagstaff, so wearing "Das Boot", which made getting around there a bit slow. Also, I used a tripod, which helped quite a bit - but was also a hindrance in trying to compose shots. There were quite a few shots that I did not get, since I could not get back in to areas that I wanted to get into with hobbling around.

Earlier in the day, I finally got off the fence and purchased a new K5 that was offered for a very good price. So with that in mind, this was just a Recon Trip, to scope out the area. On the third image, I really did not get the depth nor the detail in the shadows that I was hoping for, but actually - I was very happy with what I was able to capture. A little better sunlight, I think would have helped quite a bit.

There were probably another 10 shots that were as interesting as these, and at least another 10 that I made some framing mistake on and the shot did not turn out as intended, that I should have done better on. All in all, its an interesting place to go because of the large number of opportunities in a reasonably tight location.

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Fantastic captures of what looks like a magical wee spot... that is indeed my kind of graveyard! Great stuff

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