Field Trip: Randsburg, Dec 16 2012


Randsburg: a Living Ghost Town

This month’s field trip is to the living Ghost town of Ransburg about an hour and half from the AV. It is close and distant looking place. The month of December is very busy and this trip will not take your entire day. We will start the day at UPDATE (07:30 AM - 09:00 Carrow's Restaurant at 1650 West Avenue K, Lancaster) and we will leave at 9:00 to go to Ransburg.

Randsburg is a living ghost town. The old buildings that are maintained buildings give the town the authenticity of a real ghost town.

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Take the 14 north to Mojave and continue on the 58 east. Take Redrock Ransburg road just south of the Red Rock Canyon State Park and follow the road for about 21 miles into Ransburg. You can get directions from Google Maps.

The Area is typical high desert at an elevation of 3500 feet, so it may be cold on our trip. Bring warm clothing and snacks and water. We will meetup on Butte Avenue at the “Randsburg Saloon” when we arrive around 10, if you skipped out meeting at breakfast for a group shot.

Photograph subjects are everywhere, including large antiques (basically trash) scattered around. Look for objects for the upcoming competition on Abstract. You will find colorful structures, vehicles, even an old gas station pump. Consider taking distance shoots of the old buildings and western looking buildings. Other things to look for on this trip, high desert wildlife. The Randsburg Museum is openfrom 10:00 AM to 5 PM.


Any camera will be great for this field trip. You may want to bring a wide and long lens. A tripod and cable release. This is an opportunity to experiment. If you never processed HDR, think of shooting multiple images with bracketed exposures which you can combine taking all the goodness out of each image and combining them into one.

Think of processing your images into high contrast black and white (giving your images a turn of the century look). Hopefully, some winter clouds will be available, which will make stunning images. Many such images can be entered in the January competition for ‘Pictorial, land, water, and sky’; (Picturesque scenes such as landscapes, seascapes or scenic views.). Pictorial Water may not be available for this field trip, but two out of three is not bad. March’s competition is on Closeup (Photographs of small subjects or close up views of sections of large subjects). Look for abstract objects to photograph for the May competition.

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