The image here is of the Painted Desert in the Petrified Forest National Park in northeast Arizona. It is very difficult to capture the wide open spaces of the American West with a camera. One way to overcome this is to shoot a panorama, taking multiple exposures and then combining them in software. This used to be a very time consuming and tedious process taking special equipment to make the images line up. Using new software, making panoramas is just a simple matter of taking multiple shots, overlapping the edges by about 25% and then let the software do it’s magic. This image is made of 27 individual shots taken in a portrait orientation and then combined in Photoshop CS3.
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Can you find the people in the image?
Chloride is a mining ghost town, but it never completely died, and therefor has the old abandoned buildings and mining equipment, not having completely died it also has restaurants, gift shops, a silversmith, art gallery’s and more. At one time chloride had over 72 mines operating. Many of the old shafts, tunnels and tailings are still there but explore at your own risk.
One of the better known attractions in Chloride are murals painted by Roy Purcell.
Gunfights are held on Saturdays at high noon in Cyanide Springs an old west backdrop in the heart of Chloride.
Chloride is home to a very large collection of “Yard Art”, some people may call it junk.
||No fee for the area, but most of the land is private property, please respect the landowners rights.|
|Best Time to Visit:||Anytime|
|Where it is:||Chloride is located about two hours east of Las Vegas NV|
|Directions:||Between Kingman, AZ and Boulder City, NV, just a few miles off the major highway US 93, main corridor from Mexico to Canada. Turn east at mile post marker 53, onto Mohave County Rte 125 and drive 4 miles to Chloride.|
|Links:||Roy Purcell GalleryChloride History|
|Contact:||Chloride Chamber of CommercePO Box 268Chloride, AZ 86431(928) 565-2204|
|GPS:||N 35 25.056 w 114 16,434|
Tips for the Photographer
|Equipment:||You can use a variety of equipment with all of the different things that there are to photograph. You will most certainly want to bring a polarizing filter|
|What to Photograph:||The town itself, the old bank, old train station, jail, Cyanide Springs, murals, mines, and mine shafts. There are lots of trails for hiking, biking, off road riding, and horseback riding. Above the town are two BLM campgrounds: Windy Point and Packsaddle. From this vantage point a person can see land in four different states: Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah. The view is absolutely spectacular.
|Photography Tips:||Chloride is located in the desert, that means lots of sunshine (about 350 days a year) making for high contrast during the day. Shooting in the early morning or late evening will give better light.This is a great place to do HDR photography.|
Murals outside of Chloride originally conceived and painted by Roy Purcell in 1996-1997 and then restored May 27-June 2 2006 by Roy Purcell and artists under his direction. The Murals rise to a height of 30 feet and cover approximately 2000 square feet. The murals are located up a very rough and steep dirt road, about a mile and a half from Chloride. They are easy to find, just drive through Chloride and follow the signs.
There is plenty to photograph in the desert including cactus and and desert wildlife.
Chloride Photo Gallery
More Photographic Destinations in Arizona:
Interactive Google Map
Use the map + – controls to zoom in and out, use the Map drop-down to change to “Map”, “Satellite”, “Hybrid”, or “Terrain” views. Drag the little man icon from the upper left corner to a map location for street level view. Click on a pushpin for more information about the Photographic Destination, then click on the title to go to the location page.
I came across a field with about a dozen old trucks lined up just waiting to have their portraits made. The problem was that it was 12:00 noon in July in the desert, not the ideal time for shooting photos. The solution – HDR or High Dynamic Range, a process where multiple shots are taken at different exposures and then combined using computer software. The process eliminates the high contrast that can not normally be dealt with in photography and adds an almost 3 dimensional look to the photos.
I am making a trip out west and decided to follow parts of the old route 66, these are a few shots from some of the restored sites.