Welcome to another Photo Friday! How has your week been? I’ve been adjusting to being back home after essentially being away for most of the month of June. I’ve been really tired, which hasn’t made the adjustment easier. But it’s always good to be home. How do you deal with the vacation hang-over?
For this week’s Photo Friday, I have photos from a really frustrating sunrise shoot in Virginia City, Nevada. After we got back from Hawaii, I was at home in Reno for a few days so I could visit with some old friends, and I thought that since I was there, I might as well get some photos, right? I thought I could hit Virginia City for the sunrise and then head up to Lake Tahoe for some photos of the lake during the mid-morning hours.
It was a nice thought.
The sunrises around 5:45 in the morning. I’m sure that it’s not much later where you are. Virginia City is about an hour from my Sner’s house in Reno, so getting up to capture the sunrise meant getting up around 4:00 in the morning so I could get out the door, get coffee, and get on the road in time to make it up the hill.
When you’ve been away from the mountains for awhile, you forget how in the summertime, the temperatures still drop precipitously in the evening and early morning hours. You also forget that the wind is pretty savage, which makes it even colder. I forgot those things so I wasn’t exactly prepared to be out shooting at 5:30 in the morning in my shirt sleeves.
While a sunrise shoot in Virginia seemed like a good idea, it turned out to be an incredibly frustrating morning of shooting. The problems started with my tripod. I think there’s something wrong with it as the head is very, very lose and doesn’t really stabilize when I tighten all of the knobs. I’m hoping to get to a camera club group shoot in the next couple of weeks and see if any of the “pros” in the group can help me figure it out. I’m sure there is an adjustment that I’m just not making.
So that was frustration number one. Frustration #2 happened when I turned the camera on and realized that I didn’t have a memory card in place. No sweat – there’s one in the car, right? Right. Brand new, unused memory card. Super fast, latest technology. I bought it right before we left for HI because I wanted to make sure I wouldn’t have any issues. Nothing to worry about, right? Right.
Except that every 2 or 3 shots, I got an error that said something along the lines of “this memory card is crap and I’m not going to write any photos that you take with it.” All of that meant that every 2 or 3 shots, I was having to turn the camera off, eject the card, reinsert it, and turn the camera back on.
Are you still with me? Tripod issues. Memory card issues. Just for fun, the camera thought I needed another bump in the road, which happened to be issues with either the circular polarizer and/or the lens hood. There were horrible shadows appearing on the images as I looked at them on the LCD screen. I wound up shooting mostly without either one, terrified I was going to trip on the uneven ground in the Silver Terrace Cemeteries and destroy my new favorite lens or the camera itself.
When I got home to start editing my photos, I wasn’t really all that hopeful that there would be much usable, but wonder of wonders, I actually really like the way the sunrise photos showed up for me. I had a bit of a dilemma with my editing choices, though. I really like the darkness of the first two images. They feel true to a sunrise. I also really like the next two photos as well with their brighter, bluer tones.
For a bit of historical information about the Silver Terrace Cemeteries, there actually several cemeteries contained within one single complex. I guess that’s the right word for it. I wanted to get an unimpeded view of the sunrise so I kept hiking back through the cemeteries. I only made it as far as the Catholic cemetery, though. I kinda wanted to get all the way back to the cemetery that held the graves of the infamous ladies of the night. That thought was at war with the desire to just pack up and head home.
In the right side of this photo, you can see what is known as 6 Mile Canyon with the 100 mile view. It is a beautiful view and many of the saloons in VC took advantage of that view.
As the sun rose, I started taking pictures in the actual cemeteries. I’ll share those monocrhome images with you next week, which are pretty stark. The cemeteries have suffered greatly over the last century, often the target of thieves and vandals in addition to just having to survive in the harsh weather conditions that northern Nevada is known to experience. For this Photo Friday post, though, I leave you with the entrance to the Catholic cemetery.
Thanks for stopping by for another edition of Photo Friday! I hope you’ve enjoyed your photo excursions much more than I enjoyed this particular trip. Have y’all ever had a super frustrating shoot? Did you throw in the towel or keep at it? Let me know in the comments!
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