I'm definitely up for this. Nothing like a road trip, combined with a photo workshop!
Just a couple of questions:
1) The most direct route from Boise, Idaho is 84 to 51/225 South, then I80 West at Elko over to 305 South at Battle Mtn, a jog over on 50 at Austin, pick up 376 South to 6 into Tonopah... What is 376 like that time of year? I love the idea of seeing the the Toiyabe (at least from the road... can't stop too long, gotta get to Tonopah!)
2) What accomodations are available in Tonopah... Camping, motels, squatting in abandoned mines?
John (Alpha Flying Monkey) Moore
Jim is working on Accommodations!
Hey, with Jim's reputation in Tonopah we should all receive breakfast in bed (or on location), free processing, limo pick up, transfer, and transportation from location to location...
Am I right?
One thing to watch out for: Jim is bound to have a ton of irresistable lenses, so guard your checkbook at all times while there!
Email me if you dare to come to Tonoapah in March!
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Tonopah!!! Not Tonoapah...
- I must be thinking about that 240mm Heliar...
Bring cash. Alas, I've not used it since I got it back. The poor man's PS945.
Originally Posted by per volquartz
376 is fine 99% of the time. There are 2 8,000 foot passes right after Austin that occasionally get messy with a fresh storm or 2 but it's clear sailing afer that. I'm getting a price from locals who own the Best Western for a block or rooms.
Originally Posted by JLMoore3
I'd go Jordan Valley to Winnemucca then Battle mountain S. to Tonopah via Austin.
Originally Posted by jdef
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Hey, I got the road atlas out this morning and also hit up www.freetrip.com to see what it would take, so you never know...
Thoughts from Jim Galli...
I received this from Jim:
"I think the main thing will be a historic mining theme. We have the Tonopah Historic Mining Park where we can photograph all of the historic structures, both inside and out. Then there is just the general old buildings and shacks about town. Then we also might enjoy trekking to Goldfield one day. There's a pristine desert scenic area about 35 miles W of town that no one knows about, and finally, it might be fun to have some evening sessions in my upstairs studio using the giant studio 9a camera and some of the soft focus lenses. This would only work for a smaller group but those with an interest in soft focus lenses would really get excited about the possibilities.
One other possibility for a smaller group would be a local machine shop and foundry that has been in biz here same family since 1903. The machine shop is vintage 1910 or so with original jack shaft / belt system in use. I don't want to overwhelm that guy though."
In addition to Jim's ideas we will plan informal discussions about technique and look at prints. Also as many of you know Jim has a unique affection for old optics - some of which may be for sale? (Keep cash and checkbook under lock in order to avoid serious temptation!!!)
Finally - if anyone is interested - I am planning to make a short presentation about what I consider absolute paramount in creative photography: "Understanding and capturing the essence of an image".
Jim is trying to get group rates at a motel in town, and there should be opportunity for camping as well!
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Sharon & I would love to attend. Not sure if we will be able to yet. It depends on work and if we are moving to Boise about that time (I have a tentive job offer there, its a matter of when they want me there.)
The soul never thinks without an image.
Will do our best to go. The shoot out in Winnemucca is a week or two before the Tonopah Trip! Cool! Jay, we can detour through Reno or go the other way. I believe we can get at least 2 of us from Boise to head south, maybe more. It will be really great!
A bit of info about Tonopah...
The boomtown of Tonopah was born in 1900,
when Jim Butler accidentally discovered rich
silver ore while chasing a wayward burro.
Butler's discovery eventually produced more
than $150 million in ore and spawned Nevada's
last great mining rush.
Today, Tonopah and adjacent parts of central Nevada represent the
final chapter in the settlement of the American
west. Located at an elevation of 6020 feet amidst
the hilly terrain of the San Antonio mountains,
Tonopah straddles modern US Hwy 95, and
serves as a pleasant stopover for travelers
halfway between Las Vegas and Reno.
Tonopah is blessed with near ideal air quality
characterized by clear skies and gentle winds.
The past and present exist side by side in this
turn-of-the-century Nevada mining town, and
Tonopah is one of the best places in the state
for you to get a feel for Nevada's colorful history.
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