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Old Watering Hole  
Photograph by Jim Richardson

The lights of Pat's City Bar welcome all comers to Mosquero, New Mexico, the county seat of Harding County. The population of this 2,100-square-mile (5,400-square-kilometer) county has dropped from a high of around 4,500 in the late 1920s to around 750 residents today, making it one of the least densely populated counties in the contiguous United States. The century-old bar has seen it all, says owner Pat Trujillo. "It's got a bullet hole in it from some outlaw who shot the bartender."

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon D100    
Film Type: Digital
Lens: Nikkor 28mm f/3.5 PC
Speed and F-Stop: Approximately 8 seconds @ f/5.6
Weather Conditions: Some overhead clouds.
Time of Day: After sunset
Lighting Techniques: Time exposure  with available light
Special Equipment or Comments: I set up on a tripod on main street with the 28mm PC Nikkor. This lens is used to keep perspective straight by shifting the lens up instead of tilting the camera up. I then just used a long enough exposure (about eight seconds) to capture the balance of the fading twilight and the street lights as they grew brighter.


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