Visited the Railroad Museum in Laws, CA on Saturday. Lots of memorabilia from the old movie-westerns, and lots of fun! Details galore. As I walked around the site, I imagined life during those times. Maybe romantically, because it was a rough and tumble lifestyle and only the hardiest survived. The idea of riding hours in a wagon over bumpy trails seems downright painful!
These wagon wheels were leaned up against a wooden shack. Things last quite a while in the desiccating dryness of the desert. The bleached, split wooden wheels were bound by iron, now rusted and yet still holding things together. Do things we make today last as long? Hmmm…
Processed this image using Nik’s Silver Efex Pro. The original was lacking strong color but the contrast of the scene was strong and I could previsualize it as a monochromatic image. I liked the overlap of the wheel on the right but composed to keep the two from dividing the frame equally.
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Really like the strong symettry of the left wheel, with the graceful arc of the right one. B&W works great here. Looks like a fun place to shoot!
Thank you, Bob – I thought it would make a good B&W when I saw it. The sun kept coming in and out, too, so I went with the contrast and the B&W theme. It is a fun place to photograph when you are passing through Bishop!
Did you mean things in general last awhile in the dry desert or things specifically at the museum have lasted awhile in conditions where things dont normally last long to begin with? I’m nit picking but I love your writing and your images. Thank you so much for sharing!!
Ha ha, Kalani – but point well taken! It’s a bit of both, since the museum is in ‘the dry west’ and it’s partially outdoors…thanks for the comments.