Boundary Peak Lodge Motel — by Joe Reifer
The full supermoon shines on the abandoned Boundary Peak Lodge Motel on Montgomery Pass. This cluster of abandoned motels is located just over the Nevada border on a lonely stretch Highway 6 at an elevation of 7167 feet. On the West side of the highway, the remaining buildings include the motel, restaurant and 3 houses.
The Soper’s Restaurant and Casino across the road burned down on March 24th, 2010. The East side of the highway still has a 2-story hotel, storage building, gas station awning, and row of cottages. There are also piles of debris from the fire and some junked cars out back. Most of these buildings have been abandoned since the late 1990′s. See more night photography from this location.
A full moon 360 panorama of an abandoned drive-in theater in the Nevada desert.
Stand under the screen and under the stars at the abandoned Sage Crest Drive-in theater in Yerington, Nevada. Use your mouse to navigate the interactive 360 below — the button on the bottom right will take you full screen. How many constellations can you identify? Also look for the bird who lives under the movie screen.
Technical details: Four shots around with a Canon 8-15mm fisheye lens at 12mm on an EOS 6D. Each exposure was 90 seconds at f/8, ISO 800. A fifth shot was taken to patch the tripod area and shadow. Really Right Stuff PG-02 panohead on a customized Nodal Ninja rotator and leveling base. Processed in Lightroom and Photoshop, stitched in PTGui Pro, and output using Pano2VR Pro.
Night photograph of a military tank target on a remote Nevada training range.
This remote training range in Nevada was converted from ranchland by the Navy in the 1980′s. Richard Misrach documented the rise of another Nevada bombing range in his superb book Bravo 20. Live bombs are not used on this range, which is legal to visit. Tanks, trucks, and other electronic targets are scattered throughout the area on dirt roads, and camouflaged in the trees. Some of the old ranch houses are still standing with flowing irrigation.
Enjoy more night photos of tanks and other targets on my portfolio site.
A 360 degree full moon panorama of the Thompson Smelter
HIstoric photo of the Thompson Smelter
A full moon shines over the Stonehenge of Western Nevada. The Thompson Smelter processed copper ore, and operated on-and-off between 1912-1929. Also known as the Wabuska Smelter, these stone mining ruins are just north of Yerington, Nevada. Use your mouse to navigate the interactive panorama below.
A full moon 360 from up on the catwalk at the abandoned cement plant
Long exposures at night with moving clouds can make stitching 360 panoramas difficult. The 6 panos in virtual tour below were shot some time ago. Over the last 6 months I’ve finally developed a reasonably efficient post-processing technique to get the clouds to stitch smoothly. I’ve also upgraded my pano player software to Pano2VR Pro, which makes building a virtual tour really fast. I’ll be adding 1-2 more panos to the tour over the next few weeks, and then creating a separate tour for another part of the facility. In a regular web browser, click the button on the bottom right to go full screen. The virtual tour also works on on iPad or iPhone. Enjoy the panos!