May 10, 2012

Stokes Castle by Starlight

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The trip wasn’t just about ghost towns and abandoned ranches. I spent quite a bit of time shooting around the town of Austin itself, usually after I showered off the desert dust and grabbed dinner at the International. I also had plans to drive west out Route 50 into the Reese River Valley to shoot stars and/or star trails. Those plans never quite came together. Mostly due to to the fact that I was busy at night backing up images to my iPad and processing some in Snapseed.  It didn’t help that my last night there (and last opportunity to shoot stars) was cloud covered.

However, I did shoot this — Stokes Castle by Starlight. It is located less than a mile from the Cozy Mountain Motel, so I figured Id start my star adventures there. I was a little disappointed when I drove up to find it basking in light, but I thought I’d try to make it work.

Stokes Castle was built in 1896/97 by Anson Phelps Stokes, a mine developer, railroad magnate, and banker. It served as his family’s summer home for a short time. When you stand here and look out over the Reese River Valley, you can understand why he built it.

I have a couple of other shots of the castle and Austin at night, so stay tuned.

For you photography geeks … This shot is a single exposure at 1600ISO, 20mm lens at f2.8. Minimal post processing was done in Lightroom 4.



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