Old School Film Hack



Old horse buggy
Bodie, California (October 2016)
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss Biogon 21/4.5 ZM
Kodak Ektar 100 + Commercial C-41 processing

Another image from our trip last year to the preserved ghost town of Bodie, California.

Even though it looks abandoned, there were tons of visitors here… I merely had to wait until they had all moved out of the line of sight of the camera.  Sometimes that’s just a brief moment or two; other times it can mean a delay of 10-15 minutes or more.

UPDATE:  One of my readers sent along a link to check out.  It’s a lot of fun and has illustrations by the famous Brandywine School illustrator, Howard Pyle!  You can read the link here.

6 thoughts on “Boneshaker

  1. SilverFox

    YOu’ve picked another destination on my list. Bodie is just a little too far for a day trip for me so needs a little more planning; once my trailer is ready that makes it easier. Is it a proper ghost town or have they turned it into a theme park? We have one closer called Calico but it’s a little to preserved and more like a managed museum than a ghost town.


    1. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      It’s a proper ghost town that you can explore at your leisure.

      It’s not quite a museum, but access to building interiors is restricted in most cases… though there are a few that are unlocked for access during the course of the day. If you want to explore the stamp mill (which is locked and behind a fence), you have to be there at the dates and times that a docent can guide you through it, because it’s dangerous.

      There are at least a couple of state park rangers always outside and available for more details, and more stationed in a building that has been fully modernized behind the facade, where they monitor the security cams that are installed at various locations.

      There is only one drinking fountain, and set of restrooms — both by the parking lot. Make sure you bring bottles of water with you, sunscreen, and hats.

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    1. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      That whole region is worth in-depth exploring. We flew into Vegas where we met my family, then went to Beatty, Rhyolite, then a quick trip through southern Death Valley (it was still in the low-to-mid-90’s during the days in mid-October), then up to Mammoth Lakes — which we used as a base of operations for several days, exploring Mono Lake, Bodie, and the lakes up in the mountains. Then back through southern Death Valley again, retracing our steps back to our flight out of Vegas.


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