Sunset and moonrise over abandoned Nevada brothel

Sunset and moonrise over abandoned Nevada brothel -- by Joe Reifer
Sunset and moonrise over abandoned Nevada brothel -- by Joe Reifer

I just returned from a 1200 mile road trip to Western Nevada with my friend and fellow workshop instructor Troy Paiva. We explored some amazing locations, and did three nights of shooting under the full moon. The weather was 100 degrees in the daytime, with night time temperatures in the low 80's to low 70's. The hot weather pushed the 5D Mark II's digital sensor to the breaking point for long exposures, even with in-camera noise reduction turned on. On the third night we had rain and lightning while shooting at abandoned mining complex. Stay tuned for more photos and stories about coping with the challenging summer conditions while photographing ruins in the high desert of Nevada.

Technical details: 9-shot hand-held panorama. Images were shot vertically at 40mm using Live View for 1/3 overlap. Exposure was set to Manual at 1/125 at f/11, ISO 800. Stitched in Photoshop with Photomerge using a Cylindrical projection. Cropped to 6x17 aspect ratio. Click the image above for a slightly bigger version.