Sep 052010

ISO 80; f/8; 1/125; 8.7mm: 7:30am (Canon SX10 – no tripod)


ISO 80; f/8; 1/500; 47.5mm (Canon XS10 no tripod).  Inside.


ISO 80 f/5.6; 1/50; 5mm (Canon SX10 no tripod) – West Wall


ISO 80; f/8; 1/25; 11.9mm (Canon SX10 no tripod)  Looking Inside.


ISO 80; f/5.6; 1/400; 44.4mm (Canon SX10 no tripod)  East Window looking inside.


This abandoned building sits at 750 Main St in Quartzsite.  This structure should have fallen down years ago, if not for being propped up.

I really don’t know anything about the building. (Note to self…  visit Quartzsite Historical Society next.)

Friday assignment notes. Don’t ask me how, but I must have anticipated this assignment because Wednesday morning was the last cool morning (i.e low 80s) morning that we would have for a bit. (And I had already wasted the previous two mornings.)  Feeling as I’d lost my motivation, I forced myself to pack up the camera and get on the bicycle.  But, rather than doing my usual trip around Quartzsite, I decided to go head straight for Hi Jolly Cemetery, a place I hadn’t been to since we first passed through Quartzsite. I felt I needed to see something different… and I didn’t want to go too far as it was already getting hotter.

On my way to the cemetery  I stopped to photograph this structure.  I have been meaning to photograph it for sometime and decided there was no time like the present.  After all, didn’t we recently have the discussion of things not being there when you finally get a chance to photograph them?

At first I was timid and obeyed the No Trespassing sign.  But the more I looked, the more I saw and the more I had to photograph.  Click.  Move.  Click. Click. Move. Click. Yes, it felt good.

I then stopped at another abandoned building and finally made my way to Hi Jolly Cemetery.  I still have more to show from that brief visit.

Final analysis, making yourself go out and visit a new place does get the creative juices going again.  Now, we just need this heat to go away again.

Oh, and since this building is still standing… if you see something that I should have done differently, please tell me!

  9 Responses to “THEME: Structure”

  1. I also like the lighting in the top image. I wonder why someone went top the the trouble to prop this building up?

  2. Ok, now you are going to have to find out the story behind this structure!! It looks like old adobe. I love that first shot because it has such perfect lighting.

  3. The structure doesn`t look like it has much time left, it is great that you captured these.

  4. Very interesting structure – my favorites are the top one and the one with the blue corrugation and that lovely light in the doorway. Abandoned buildings are really fascinating to me. I wonder what stories they could tell.

  5. Just wanted you to know I added the original image for my structure theme per you request! Hope you are having a great day!

  6. I like seeing all the different angles, inside and out, but where is the shot (or two) with Mr. Beachball? Maybe he needs to go back with you for a visit.

  7. This reminds me of adobe structures. I have heard that not too many still stand, so it is good to record them while they are still standing as you did. I really like how you circled the building…

  8. These are all wonderful…what great textures in that structure and how unique! I love that you included close ups of some of the features…the detailing is perfect!

  9. Structure Yes, but only due to the props, LOL great Exercise.

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