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The Way West
Photography by Jim Richardson

“Chimney Rock stands alone. . . . I ascended about 150 feet . . . many names cut in rock, inscribed mine, fired one of my holster pistols and echoed greatly.”
Peter Decker, 1849



Camera: Nikon F-100
Film Type: Ektachrome E100SW
Lens: Nikkor 60mm f2.8 AF Micro
Speed and F Stop: 1/125 at f/16
Weather Conditions: Indoors
Time of Day: Morning
Lighting Techniques: An assistant held a small flash to the side at the critical angle to make the inscription visible.

SPECIAL EQUIPMENT OR COMMENTS:
The inscription had been removed from Chimney Rock to the nearby museum for its own safety (note the bullet hole in it already). Museum personnel removed the protective plexiglass cover so we could get a clean view. Much of the trick of getting these pictures is being curious and asking enough questions to find the artifact in the first place. And because of the style of the photo coverage this picture needed to be of the inscription itself, not of an overall museum scene.


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