Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Rhyolite Ghost Town - Death Valley National Park (Part 12)

At the end of November last year (2012), I took a trip to Death Valley National Park. This is the second trip there in my life. The 1st time I went, I was still a little kid, and I didn't start taking photos yet. This time, I have a pro camera and I am ready to shoot the scenery. Death Valley National Park is known for its "out of this world" scenery, UFO sightings, and many other things. The desert is a very mysterious and beautiful place. In this chain of blog posts, I will be showing you mainly photos of Death Valley National Park, but also photos from surrounding areas like The Mojave Desert, Alabama Hills, and Rhyolite Ghost Town. I have picked out over 400 photos from my trip to show you guys and I will be dividing them into many blog posts. Unlike blog  post chains before, I obviously can't put a link of ever blog post on every single blog post, so instead, I will do the same thing I did for my Yellowstone National Park photos before, by sticking a link of the Next and Previous post on each blog post instead.

Full Resolution Photos and Prints: If you want to see full resolution photos or buy prints of any of the photos you see, they are up on my portfolio for viewing. To see my best work from Death Valley National Park, use this link. To see all of the photos from my Death Valley National Park trip use this link.

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Today I start on my Rhyolite Ghost Town photos in Rhyolite, NV! Some of the photos for today are photos of driving down to Rhyolite from Beatty, NV, the place I stayed at overnight after my Scotty's Castle visit. The ghost town itself is not in Death Valley National Park, but falls right outside its boundaries. If you do visit Death Valley National Park, Rhyolite Ghost Town is a must see! If you are into star trails, this is definitely a great place to do one! I even did one myself and it turned out great. :) I will show you the star trails I did soon in a future blog post. Also, if you want to learn how to do star trail photography, I have written up a nice tutorial here. As with all ghost towns, this used to be a very populated area, but as time passed, the place is now deserted. If you want to learn more about Rhyolite, NV, you can read more about it on Wikipedia.

Some hills on the side of the highway. This was when I was driving from Beatty, NV to Rhyolite, NV. 

The straight highway leading into Death Valley National Park. It was really fun driving on it. :P



Here is the sign at the beginning of the dirt road leading into Rhyolite Ghost Town. 

Rhyolite Mercantile 

Tom Kelly's Bottle House. That is right, most of the house is made from bottles. 



Another photo of Tom Kelly's Bottle House. 

Back side of the Rhyolite Mercantile. 

Left: School
Middle: Cook's Bank Building
Right: Rhyolite Ghost Casino (not too sure)



Another photo of the Rhyolite Mercantile. 

Abandoned Gas Station

Since the lighting inside the abandoned gas station is so different from the outside, I shot this photo as an HDR composition so I can balance the bright and dark areas. HDR is really great for these high dynamic range shots, hence the name High Dynamic Range. 

This is all the photos I have for today! I hope you have enjoyed them! Next time I will be continuing with more photos from Rhyolite, NV. I hope you have enjoyed these shots. Please don't forget to share with your friends and family members! Also, if you want to get notifications when I post up more photos, "Like" us on Facebook or follow me on Twitter and Google+. These links can also be found on the top of the right sidebar.

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