October 8, 2012

The Ranch at Grass Valley

I’m dipping back into my Nevada catalog this week to bring you a series of images from a vacated ranch. I don’t think I can call it “abandoned” since it appeared the property was for sale. The property was circled with barbed wire and the main gate and house locked. At first I was reluctant to “breach the perimeter,” but the adventurer in me took over.

The first thing I was drawn to was this rusting piece of equipment. I have no idea what it is, but if I had to guess, I would say it was used to clear brush.

The tiny ranch house looked to be the most recent structure on the property. The other buildings (stables … barns … bunk house) all stone and wood construction. Mostly stone.

Some shooting and processing notes:
I made a conscious decision to shoot the ranch with one lens, the 14mm prime. And continuing the “consistency” theme, I processed them all very similarly. All images in the series are HDR, processed with my standard workflow. I ran the brackets through Photomatix Pro, with post processing in onOne Software’s Perfect Photo Suite. I was going for a certain look for these and onOne was the perfect tool to to help me to bring my vision to light.

If you are interested, I’ll provide more processing details as I move through the series.


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