Black Canyon, Arizona – Abandoned Black Canyon Dog Track (HDR)

Black Canyon Dog HDR 01SW
I was just out in Arizona for Imaging USA and had Saturday free to go shooting. I went out with my good friend John Harper and we trekked up to the abandoned Black Canyon Dog Track. It is about 35 minutes north of Phoenix. The dog track sits above a small town and luckily no signs for “No Trespassing”! We parked and walked towards the track. I have never seen a dog track before in person. This place was very cool! Grunge everywhere. We arrived early AM before the sun was just coming out. Good thing we did have a little light…broken glass is everywhere. We had to watch our steps!

I’ll give you more details in an upcoming post…but one cool place! What was odd…not sure…but when we were leaving a big truck was unloading a big construction truck. Is it scheduled to be demolished or was it just for roadwork? I don’t know. Anyway, glad I had a chance to photograph this great place for HDR!

Portageville, NY – Lyn’s Life Boats (HDR)


When traveling to Letchworth State Park depending on the route you take to get there…you can drive through the small town of Portageville. Just a few old historical buildings…some still in business some not. I love little towns like this! I saw this old business on the way in and decided to stop by on my way out and take this photo. Any old abandoned location needs that grunge look…so I added the feel via OnOne’s Photo Tools 2.6 Plug-in. Places like this want to be HDR’d. Tough to pass this one by!

Talke Photography Settings:
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 18.0 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: HDR 9 Exposures (+4 to -4)
Aperture: f/11.0
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS5, HDR Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Photo Tools 2.6

Whitehouse, New Jersey – Whitehouse Diner (HDR)

While in my home state New Jersey this week I had a chance to stay with my family.  I had to hit one of my favorite spots after dinner…the Polar Cub Ice Cream Stand!  Tough not to pass up a soft chocolate ice cream topped with a hard chocolate dip!  Great stuff!   Only 1/2 mile from there…you can find an old abandoned diner sitting and decaying for all to see.  On Saturday morning I woke up early and went to grab some pics!   I snapped a bunch and as I walked around, I can tell in the back there must have been a fire that shut this place down.  The kitchen was a mess.

As I grew up in NJ…Diner’s are a way of life!  In our area, there are quite a few!  Gotta love stopping by and getting a Pizza Burger Deluxe!  So why did this sone not open back up?  Who knows?  I googled it and found this diner is somewhat of a hot spot for photography diner lovers!  I bet you can find it in a NJ Diner book somewhere!   I’ll search more and post another shot later.  Have a great weekend!

…sorry its a crazy week ahead..my post amount will be slow on P2E