I wanted to capture a unique perspective of Old Town Pocatello, Idaho. The city used to be centered around these train tracks since Pocatello used to be the Gate City. Travelers headed to Oregon or Washington would take the train out of Pocatello. This vantage point shows the rail way going through Old Town. It is now just freight cars, but still an interesting part of town.
I went out to City of Rocks in Malta, Idaho. This area is known for majestic granite forms and pioneer history. This area was a landmark along the Oregon Trail. I had a blast climbing up the building sized boulders to get a unique vantage point on the moon rise and sunset. Once the sun went down it was time to set up at Castle Rock to shoot astro-panoramas. It was great connecting to the history of this area and spending time exploring the unique geography.
Outside of City Rocks in Idaho
Old wooden wagon wheel outside city of rocks
The old wagons are lined up facing west into the sunset.
I loved these old wagons
These old wagons are outside of the City Of Rocks Visitor center
This is the valley below Castle Rock
This old house sits along the trail into City of Rocks
Some of the view of City of Rocks
These wind carved stone forms are all over in City of Rocks
This archway is in City of Rocks, Idaho
The Old Oregon Trail cutting through the valley
This is another view of the old farm house
The creek draining out of City of Rocks
City of Rocks, Idaho
The sunset shining into a granite boulder
This is a puddle on top of an enormous boulder
This is a puddle in a huge boulder in City of Rocks, Idaho
Huge stone head in City of Rocks, Idaho
The moon peaking through a stone formation in City of Rocks, Idaho
The moon in City of Rocks
Big moon over Malt, Idaho
City of Rocks in Malta, Idaho
Watching the moon rise in City of Rocks, Idaho
Moon rising over City of Rocks, Idaho
The moon rising over Malta, Idaho
Sunset in the City of Rocks, Idaho
Castle Rock in Malta, Idaho
Moon rising behind a huge boulder.
Castle Rock and the stars in Malta, Idaho
Panorama of the night sky behind Castle Rock in Malta, Idaho
The Assignment is to create a summer scene in the studio during winter. I felt like lemonade and watermelon were my best bet for a summer feel. I set my white balance manually to warm up the light and used a graded filter to cool off the background just a touch. I spent a lot of time on the composition and getting the proper exposure with shallow depth of field and two light studio flash. I enjoyed the experience of setting up and executing an idea in the studio. This genre of photography could be something I explore further.