Night Photography: Abandoned Mojave Desert Mining Area Gallery

Abandoned school bus in the snow, Mojave Desert -- by Joe Reifer
Abandoned school bus in the snow, Mojave Desert -- by Joe Reifer

A new gallery from an abandoned mining area in the Mojave Desert is now available on my website. Shot during the January full moon at elevations of up to 5000 feet, the mix of buildings, vehicles, joshua trees, and snow was incredible. A few of these images were featured on the blog over the last 2 weeks - now you can see them much bigger.

Huge thanks to photographer S.W. Walsh for being part of this journey. Have a look at his images from the trip.

I've got another gallery of approximately 10 images from a different desert mining location to process over the next week. I'm also working on a post-processing demo that shows how your high-ISO test shots can be used in exposure compositing for light painted images.

In addition to the photographs, I also learned quite a bit about the latest flavors in freeze dried camping food, the importance of having a GPS when there's no cell phone coverage, and the limits of off-roading with a Honda Element AWD. If there are any readers who knowledgeable about wheelin', I would seriously like to talk to you about getting a more capable off-road vehicle. Does a 4wd vehicle exist that performs well off-road (class III or mild class IV), rides nicely on the freeway, has excellent reliability, and still gets good fuel economy (20+ mpg highway)? Up until recently I might've said Toyota Tacoma. And no, unfortunately I can't afford a Rally Fighter. But let's talk locking rear differentials and bash guards over a Coors. There's so many cool places to go in the desert that require 4wd.

Honda Element off-roading in the snow -- by Joe Reifer
Honda Element off-roading in the snow -- by Joe Reifer
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