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The Way West
Photography by Jim Richardson

“But to tell the truth, I am thoroughly disgusted with a sight so barren. . . . nothing but rock and sand and clay and ashes and dead animals.”
Israel S. P. Lord, 1849



Camera: Nikon F-100
Film Type: Ektachrome E100SW
Lens: Nikkor 20-35mm f2.8
Speed and F Stop: Unrecorded but probably around 1/250 at f5.6.
Weather Conditions: Clear
Time of Day: Early morning, perhaps an hour after sunrise
Lighting Techniques: Flying low to diminish effects of haze

SPECIAL EQUIPMENT OR COMMENTS:
Flying in a Cessna 172 with the window open. We found the trail going up a steep incline and on across the Black Rock Desert. We circled the scene 12 to 15 times, trying to get just the angle where the trail would be prominent in the foreground yet we’d still be able to see the expanse of the desert, typical of the harsh landscape the pioneers faced. Getting up in the air a few hundred feet can make the landscape come to life. Most of my aerial photography is done pretty low, from 200 feet to rarely more than 1,000 feet. The airplane is really just a nice tall tower that you can move around to cover a lot of ground.


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