Bannack Best

These are some of the best of my photos taken in Bannack, but not used in the other posts.

The Owlets

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This was an exciting photo not just as a photographer, but as a birdwatcher. I’d never had such an opportunity to see Great Horned Owlets, let alone this close. Of course, I used a zoom lens for the photo so it wasn’t THAT close, but this was a great moment to catch nevertheless. I used a masked vibrance layer to lower the saturation of all the leaves, allowing the owls to come out a little bit instead of hiding with the branches. I also did a bit of sharpening and dodging on the owlets to bring out the detail.

Date: May 30, 2014, Early Evening
Location: Bannack, MT
F-Stop: 7.1
Shutter Speed: 1/400
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T3i
Edits: Desaturate, Sharpen Tool, Dodge Tool

Traveling Guitar

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A planned shot. Everyone who visits Bannack seems to photograph the old broken-down truck. I love the truck, but wanted to differentiate the photo I took somehow. I had that in mind when I lugged Sara’s guitar around.

Date: May 30, 2014, Early Evening
Location: Bannack, MT
F-Stop: 8.0
Shutter Speed: 1/250
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T3i
Edits: Curves

Porch Music

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Unplanned, but the best of my guitar shots – this one seems to tell a bit more of a story. This was one of the last shots I caught on my way out of Bannack; I sacrificed dinner to get it. I think it was worth it.

Date: May 30, 2014, Early Evening
Location: Bannack, MT
F-Stop: 4.0
Shutter Speed: 1/125
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T3i
Edits: Curves, Sharpen

Hotel Window

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Taken during our first group outing, I was still struggling with shooting in Manual Mode. I was determined to catch this photo, and struggling to do so, and held my group back a bit in order to finish it. I really like how the final product came out in Photomatix – it’s enough to tempt me to get the full version of the software.

Date: May 30, 2014, Late Morning
Location: Bannack, MT
F-Stop: 5.0
Shutter Speed: 1/60, 1/250, 1/15
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T3i
Edits: HDR Processing

Close Range

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I like my macro photos of old stuff. Very little by way of edits here, just a perspective shot.

Date: May 30, 2014, Afternoon
Location: Bannack, MT
F-Stop: 4.0
Shutter Speed: 1/50
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T3i
Edits: Curves, Sharpen, Vignette

Real Cowboy

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By far my favorite model at the shoot – a real, old-fashioned cowboy. I was starting to feel sick from the heat and low hydration, I’m kind of amazed that my fumbling around in manual settings yielded this picture. Serendipity, I suppose.

Date: May 30, 2014, Late Afternoon
Location: Bannack, MT
F-Stop: 5.6
Shutter Speed: 1/400
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T3i
Edits: Vignette

Rustic Process

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Rumor has it that this old machinery was used to compress gold into bars. If that’s true, there were no gold flakes to be seen. I took several photos from this angle, some focused close, and others far – this one turned out best. The background was boring dirt/brush, so some extreme contrast edits help keep focus on the machinery.

Date: May 30, 2014, Early Evening
Location: Bannack, MT
F-Stop: 5.6
Shutter Speed: 1/80
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T3i
Edits: Curves, Levels, Black and White

Old-Fashioned Education

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Another planned photo. I knew the schoolroom was one of my favorite settings in Bannack, just from looking up other photos. I found some books from my shelf that, once the dust jackets were removed, looked passable as books from an older time. The apple was lunch.

Date: May 30, 2014, Late Morning
Location: Bannack, MT
F-Stop: 4.5
Shutter Speed: 1/25
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T3i
Edits: Curves, Sepia

Haunted Mill

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One of the only times I thought to tilt my camera, this is one of my favorite unplanned photos of all time. It may not be all that original to Bannack shots, but it serves as a great setting – every time I see this photo, I start to think of scenes to write.

Date: May 30, 2014, Early Evening
Location: Bannack, MT
F-Stop: 6.3
Shutter Speed: 1/20
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T3i
Edits: Curves, Levels, Vibrance

2 Responses

  1. Jesse on June 5, 2014 @ 10:45 pm

    Your Owlets photo turned out amazing; I really like how clear the animals turned out. The nearness of the creature makes me feel like I climbing the tree and actually looking at the owl point blank. For the difficulty of getting shot I think you also did a great job composing the image as well.

  2. Victoria Loveland on June 26, 2014 @ 7:05 am

    Oh My Heavens your photos totally Rock! I knew you would be great at photography once you spent some time on it. What a Man!!

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