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Bodie
Today bodie is a ghost town in California about 120 kilometers away from Lake Tahoe. In 1876 they found gold near the town and as they discovered even more of it in 1878, Bodie developed from a little mining camp to a real Wild West boomtown. By 1880, Bodie had a population of about almost 10000 people and over the years Bodie's mines produced gold valued at more than $34 million. It is also said, that there was at least one man killed every day. Well, as there were about 65 saloons, a red light district and lots of gambling houses, that people visited after a hard day of work, shootouts and brawls were nothing special anymore. As the mine brought less and less profit, in 1930 the town was left by its last inhabitants and in 1962 it became Bodie State Historic Park. It is a really interesting and beautiful place to visit, where you can spend much time, but therefore you have to drive along a 20 kilometers long dust road off of state highway 395. It is open all year, but the long road that leads to the town is usually closed in winter because of the heavy snowfall, so the most comfortable time to visit it is during the summer months, it΄s really worth it!

When I was there I immediately recognized some things I had seen before in the Internet or in brochures, like this famous rusty car you can see on my photo. I thought about posting it in b/w in order to get a more "Ghost-Town" atmosphere, but eventually I decided to keep the polarized colors. I used f/14 to get the buildings in the background sharp and didn΄t do very much of PP, just some of the standard stuff.

So, I hope you like this one and I΄m glad for any advice, hint or proposition, that could help me to improve my photography.

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