Thursday, October 6, 2016

Searching for an Old Desert Mine (B&W Version)

You might recall from my last post that we were recently out in the middle of the desert searching for a mine I had read about (the Carlyle Mine complex). We never made it to the mine because the sand was too deep and soft. Even my Jeep would have gotten stuck (it nearly did prior to turning around), so we parked and had a little picnic and photo shoot. There are other ways to reach the mine which I will try in the future.


Highway 62, about 25 miles east of 29 Palms, is a really remote area. Nothing out here, and nothing nearby. Does anyone notice anything weird in the photo above? Ha, looks like I've lost a little weight, too!




Lonely desert shots. I really prefer b&w for these photos. Just a personal preference, I guess. What's your preference?? Click here for the color version.


Sand sculpture!
Old Water Tank
 
Old Desert Fence
Not much left of this old desert fence. You can see the two strands of barbed wire on the ground, and the post looks ancient. Wonder why they needed a fence here in the first place??
 
Hope you enjoyed my b&w photos!
Linking with Skywatch Friday and Theresa's Good Fences.
Thanks for stopping by!!

46 comments:

  1. I think these photos lend themselves perfectly to B&W.It gives them more drama.

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  2. The sand sculpture photo is perfect in black and white but I always enjoy seeing the enthralling contrast of deep blue sky and golden sands of the desert
    in your photos!

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  3. These are such artistic b&w shots! Really amazing work

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  4. Those are great in B&W, it's perfect for that desert light and contrast.

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  5. I like the b&w. Like Cloudia says, they look very artistic.

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  6. love the b&w views! and the old fence line, too! glad you didn't get stuck!

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  7. Black and white adds so much character to these photos. Great job!

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  8. the black and white creates a certain mood - which seems very well suited to these desert shots - although I clicked over to the color ones and thought they were pretty awesome too! this looks like a really great adventure - glad you didn't get stuck, though!

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  9. This is an amazing place - so other-worldly! I love the B&W, but the color is really beautiful, with the purple mountains. I can't imagine someone trying to live there. Not a good place to get stuck ! I really like your photos. Karen

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  10. I think I prefer the color images except maybe for the very last images. Anyway they are all beautiful.

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  11. It does look like another world in B&W....

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  12. Those shots work so well in B & W, so much texture!

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  13. The color version is a little softer for the eye and the B&W is sharper and illustrates the barre landscape and circumstances better. If you want to express that its indeed better.

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  14. Years of looking at desert photos by Ansel Adams and others make B/W seem the obvious choice, however I like the addition of colour too. Just different, that's all.

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  15. I think the B&W is perfect for these photos.

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  16. Hello, awesome B&W images. My favorites are the sand sculpture and the fence shots. Happy Friday, have a happy weekend!

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  17. Lovely desert shoots!For me..I like the colour ones but they are all fascinating and beautiful :) :)

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  18.  Hi! Nice captures.  I like both Black and colored version. The photos in both posts are very interesting. Your child is very cute. Thanks for sharing.

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  19.  Hi! Nice captures.  I like both Black and colored version. The photos in both posts are very interesting. Your child is very cute. Thanks for sharing.

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  20. I enjoy seeing your desert photos. I prefer the black and white versions but color is nice too. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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  21. Lovely shots.

    I can't see a desert photo without my mind winding back to 11th grade history. I had one of those teachers that really loved what he did, and his heart was in every lesson. We studied the diaries of the conquistadors, describing the Southwest. 400 years ago much of what is desert now was grassy prairie. Folks think global warming is a new phenomenon. Great Mr. Milo made his students aware of the changing world in the 70s.

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  22. I'm in the minority here but I like the color versions best.
    I noticed that one of the double lines in the center of the road just stops in the middle of nowhere.

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  23. The black and white pictures are supeb. I didn't check the color version. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing this interesting area. Glad you avoid getting stuck.

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  24. Nice post.Wonderful monochrome clicks.

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  25. Well, my friend, there's a lot more than just the absence of color in these shots. This is superb B&W. You are a master at making monochrome massively more interesting than color. Red filter? Infrared? No, don't tell me---I don't want to know, I just want to enjoy your work--- color and B&W.

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  26. I love these pictures from the desert, especially those where you can see the patterns in the sand. I must say I like the colour version better. The colour of the sand is so subtle...

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  27. I love these pictures from the desert, especially those where you can see the patterns in the sand. I must say I like the colour version better. The colour of the sand is so subtle...

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  28. Love the black and white. gives it a timeless feel.
    MB

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  29. I don´t have a preference for either color or black and white. It is all about the photo. Some photos scream color, others scree monochrome :)
    And, yes, you look thin. :)
    In this case, as I saw the color of the bushes last week, I would prefere the color ones.

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  30. I too prefer the b&w photos. They look better in b&w. Have a lovely weekend!

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  31. love your pictures!

    are these filtered B&W ones?

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  32. You are absolutely right...they are definitely black and whites!!! Love that first shadow....goosebumping!!!...:)JP

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  33. Yes, I enjoyed your b&w photos! They are so wonderful!
    Thanks for visiting my blog.
    Regards Edith

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  34. What kind of animal herd could thrive there? I prefer the b&w even though I do like the rust of the water tank in color pics.

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  35. Your pics look great either way, the b&w kind of adds to the sense of desolation.

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  36. Great captures, all of them. Monochrome or color? It depends, think some are quite perfect for B&W, others looks better in color, as the two in the middle. But thats is my preferences.

    Happy Sunday!

    Irene

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  37. Very beautiful B&W images.
    Happy weekend!

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  38. Love the black and white images. They almost look as if they are on a different planet.

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  39. Beautiful series of photographs of the desert.
    The mine will perhaps ever do reach but now we can enjoy this beautiful set in a black / white version.

    Greetings, Helma

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  40. The sand sculpture photo looks wonderful in black and white but overall I prefer your photos in colour because the light is so crisp and the colours therefore rather extraordinary - very different from the grey mist that I'm seeing in Blighty!

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  41. I guess I prefer color for many of the photos, but selective use of monochrome can really add interest to a scene. When I got drafted (in New Jersey) and reported to El Paso Texas I could not get over how blue the sky appeared, and was amazed at the subtle tones of the desert landscape.

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  42. These were super cool. I like color but I think the BW here really makes them stand out and gives them an "old west" feel.

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  43. Amazing captures. The B&W photography really did justice to this unreal landscape.

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