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N 8 B 91 C 3 E May 16, 2021 F May 16, 2021
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No water to dip my toes in. Self-portrait at an abandoned motel in Borrego Springs. Milky Way shines bright in the night sky. I don't know the name of this motel, but I've decided to name it Hotel California. This motel has been abandoned for at least 9 years now. When I first explored it back in 2012, the windows, furniture, carpet, and appliances were still intact. Also, some of the smoke alarms were beeping the low battery alert. So, it couldn't have been abandoned much long before that.

This is a single exposure shot with a Canon EOS R and Canon RF 15-35mm f/2.8L on May 16, 2021. The lighting effects here were done on location with a combination of LED candles and glow sticks. No Photoshop trickery. See my previous post for a behind the scenes video of how I created this shot.

Borrego Springs is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Diego County, California. The population was 3,429 at the 2010 census, up from 2,535 at the 2000 census, made up of both seasonal and year-round residents. Borrego Springs is completely surrounded by Anza-Borrego State Park, the largest California State Park.

The village of Borrego Springs is recognized as a designated International Dark Sky Community by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA). There are no stop lights in Borrego Springs and nighttime lighting is kept to a minimum to protect the views of the night sky. Borrego Springs is approximately 90 miles (140 km) from downtown San Diego and the lights of the highly developed California coast. Borrego Springs was designated as California's first International Dark-Sky Community by the International Dark-Sky Association. It is a center for public astronomy activities throughout the year.

Tags:   Borrego Springs California United States Anza-Borrego motel decay Abandoned light painting Milky Way

N 10 B 245 C 0 E May 9, 2021 F May 14, 2021
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Me viewing the Milky Way core over some steps created by S.SHIGLEY STEELWORKS "SHIG" at Bombay Beach at the Salton Sea.

The Salton Sea was NOT smooth, still, and shiney on this night. In fact there was lots of wind creating violent waves in the water.

Shot on May 9, 2021 with a Canon EOS R and Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art lens.

Bombay Beach is a census-designated place (CDP) in Imperial County, California, United States. It is located on the Salton Sea, 4 miles (6.4 km) west-southwest of Frink and is the lowest community in the United States, located 223 feet (68 m) below sea level. The population was 295 at the 2010 census, down from 366 in 2000. It is part of the El Centro, California Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The population declined for years and the buildings were rotting away, but by 2018, a number of people had moved into the settlement. An article in The Guardian stated that it was "enjoying a rebirth of sorts with an influx of artists, intellectuals and hipsters who have turned it into a bohemian playground". The Bombay Beach Biennale (pronounced like "be an ollie"), an annual art festival, is held here. The population estimate for 2020 was 415 persons.

S. Shigley "Shig" is a self taught artist and metal fabricator whose unconventional techniques and β€œno rules” approach to art, inform and define all of his work.

Tags:   Niland California United States Bombay Beach Salton Sea Milky Way art installation

N 17 B 232 C 1 E May 10, 2021 F May 13, 2021
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THE ONLY OTHER THING IS
N O T H I N G


Milky Way core over some word art installation at Bombay Beach at the Salton Sea.

This NOTHING sign was created by an artist that goes by the name MIDABI.

Shot on May 10, 2021 with a Canon EOS R and Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art lens.

Bombay Beach is a census-designated place (CDP) in Imperial County, California, United States. It is located on the Salton Sea, 4 miles (6.4 km) west-southwest of Frink and is the lowest community in the United States, located 223 feet (68 m) below sea level. The population was 295 at the 2010 census, down from 366 in 2000. It is part of the El Centro, California Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The population declined for years and the buildings were rotting away, but by 2018, a number of people had moved into the settlement. An article in The Guardian stated that it was "enjoying a rebirth of sorts with an influx of artists, intellectuals and hipsters who have turned it into a bohemian playground". The Bombay Beach Biennale (pronounced like "be an ollie"), an annual art festival, is held here. The population estimate for 2020 was 415 persons.

Tags:   Bombay Beach Salton Sea NOTHING art installation MIDABI california lake desert Milky Way

N 8 B 284 C 2 E May 10, 2021 F May 12, 2021
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Self portrait in the pink chair at Bombay Beach at the Salton Sea. This chair is part of an art installation by an artist who goes by the name @poetwastaken on Instagram.

Shot on May 10, 2021 with a Canon EOS R and Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art lens.

Bombay Beach is a census-designated place (CDP) in Imperial County, California, United States. It is located on the Salton Sea, 4 miles (6.4 km) west-southwest of Frink and is the lowest community in the United States, located 223 feet (68 m) below sea level. The population was 295 at the 2010 census, down from 366 in 2000. It is part of the El Centro, California Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The population declined for years and the buildings were rotting away, but by 2018, a number of people had moved into the settlement. An article in The Guardian stated that it was "enjoying a rebirth of sorts with an influx of artists, intellectuals and hipsters who have turned it into a bohemian playground". The Bombay Beach Biennale (pronounced like "be an ollie"), an annual art festival, is held here. The population estimate for 2020 was 415 persons.

Tags:   Niland California United States Milky Way chair Bombay Beach Salton Sea self portrait night

N 18 B 320 C 1 E May 11, 2021 F May 11, 2021
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About an hour's worth of star trail under some metal sculptures at Bombay Beach at the Salton Sea.

Shot on May 9, 2021 with a Canon EOS R and Canon 50mm lens.

Bombay Beach is a census-designated place (CDP) in Imperial County, California, United States. It is located on the Salton Sea, 4 miles (6.4 km) west-southwest of Frink and is the lowest community in the United States, located 223 feet (68 m) below sea level. The population was 295 at the 2010 census, down from 366 in 2000. It is part of the El Centro, California Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The population declined for years and the buildings were rotting away, but by 2018, a number of people had moved into the settlement. An article in The Guardian stated that it was "enjoying a rebirth of sorts with an influx of artists, intellectuals and hipsters who have turned it into a bohemian playground". The Bombay Beach Biennale (pronounced like "be an ollie"), an annual art festival, is held here. The population estimate for 2020 was 415 persons.

Tags:   Bombay Beach Salton Sea art installation metal sculpture artwork desert Star Trails night California Niland United States


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