Bodie is one of the best examples in the USA of an old ghost town. Founded in the late 1880's as a gold and silver mine and abandoned when the last resident to left town in 1950. The town was left to rot bot the California State Park system took it over to preserve some of the remaining historical structures. The park system mostly preserves the building in their 1950's condition with new roofs and stabilization to protect the visitor. Very few of the buildings can be entered but you can look through the glass and visualize what things looked like. One of my favorite buildings is the school house. When we first visited in 2006 there was a world globe on a desk near the window and now it has fallen over, cracked, and is almost illegible. I have visited Bodie about 6 times since moving back to California and I always try to look for something different to photograph and it is becoming very hard to do. This is a green 1940 flat bed that I don't remember seeing before, but I am sure it was always there and I just over looked it. I shot this truck from different angles and locations looking for something different but I was running out of ideas. It was a beautiful fall day, a bit chilly and the sun was high and strong making the scene downright contrasty. As I was pondering I remembered one of the suggestions/guidelines for a good B&W photo - contrast, so I shot this scene with that in mind. Back at my workstation I processed the image in ACR with B&W in mind and adding contrast just to the point of clipping. To convert the image I use DxO's NIK Filter "Silver EFEX Pro" with "High Contrast and Structure" preset. I think I did a pretty good job of it, what do think?
The CI is a color version shot from a barn to the right of the shed in the BG. Tripod, same camera and settings.
PS; Another though at the time, that old 1972 Eagles song Standing on a Corner. Don't forget to turn your speakers on.
I would love to go to Bodie. There looks to be lots of interesting relics and old artefacts.
B&W is definitely the way to go, even more so because there are no anachronisms. The filter PP treatment adds that extra grit.
Did you intend this for the ToM? It would certainly fit and would get my vote.
It is amazing what people just left when they moved away. This is a great example of what to do with B&W. So I shall try your technique on my Lake Powell B&W, although it wasn't a contrasty time. So then I'll look for a contrasty image. I do so appreciate your generosity in sharing your expertise. HLJ, Pat