Friday, June 29, 2012

Thought Of The Day: Samsung NX200 (And Other Things I Love)

I'm really impressed with my Samsung NX200. I've had it for three months now, and the more I use it the more I like it. For example, I used it photograph old George Air Force Base, and I was pleased with the results.

What I like about the NX200 is that it is smaller and weighs less than a DSLR (in other words, it's easier to carry around), yet, at low-ISO, packs a punch similar to full-frame DSLRs that cost much, much more.

I edit the photographs captured on my NX200 using free software. I most commonly use Paint.NET, Office Picture Manager and Picasa 3, and GIMP for a couple specific things. There aren't many good reasons to spend hundreds of dollars on Photoshop when there are options that do the same things for free.

You don't need to break the bank to be a successful photographer. You need vision. And maybe a camera on your free cell phone.


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Color Me Rad

Looks like I'll be photographing Color Me Rad in Bakersfield, California on Friday. There are races like these going on across the U.S. this summer, so there might be one near you.

I think there are some great photo opportunities with these events. But with all that colorful corn starch flying around, I'm sure there are some precautions I must take to protect my equipment--definitely no lens changes!


Monday, June 25, 2012

On Location: George Air Force Base, Victorville, California - Part 4

Here's the final installment of my trip to old George Air Force Base near Victorville, California.

Part 1 featured photographs captured with my Pentax K-x. Part 2, Part 3 and (now) Part 4 feature photographs captured using my Samsung NX200.

I plan to return soon to once again explore and create even more photographs. This is a great location for photography and urban exploration. I suspect that it will be around for several more years, but eventually they'll level the ground and construct new buildings.
Open Door - Victorville, California
Linen Closet - Victorville, California

Morning Tumbleweeds - Victorville, California

Cinder Blocks - Victorville, California

What Remains - Victorville, California

Kitchen Door - Victorville, California

Window Of Time - Victorville, California

Shadow Floor - Victorville, California

Holes In The Wall - Victorville, California

Gate To Destruction - Victorville, California

Back Door - Victorville, California

Home - Victorville, California

Junk - Victorville, California

Open Windows - Victorville, California

Sunday, June 24, 2012

On Location: George Air Force Base, Victorville, California - Part 3

Here are some more photographs of George Air Force Base captured using my Samsung NX200.

Part 1 and Part 2 can be found here. I'll post Part 4 shortly.
Glass Peaks - Victorville, California

Window Shadow - Victorville, California

Mailbox - Victorville, California

Doorknob - Victorville, California

Stripes - Victorville, California

View From Bedroom Window - Victorville, California

Broken John - Victorville, California

Tumbleweed Dreams - Victorville, California

Broken Homes - Victorville, California

Destroyed By Fire - Victorville, California

Rusted Junk - Victorville, California

Red Door - Victorville, California

Powerless Outlet - Victorville, California

Saturday, June 23, 2012

On Location: George Air Force Base, Victorville, California - Part 2

Yesterday morning I spent two hours exploring and photographing the abandoned George Air Force Base buildings near Victorville, California.

The location was both eerie and peaceful at the same time. It was once full of life and activity and now it sits dormant. Families called these buildings home and children played in the parks and streets. Now these dilapidated structures are quiet. The streets are still. There is no activity.

In Part 1 I shared photographs captured using my Pentax K-x. Here are the first set of images captured using my Samsung NX200.

If you click on an image you can view them in a slideshow format.
Abandonment - Victorville, California
Broken Window To The Past - Victorville, California
A Glimpse Of Life - Victorville, California
Shattered Time - Victorville, California
Old Life, New Life - Victorville, California
Broken Shadow - Victorville, California
Early Morning Bedroom Window - Victorville, California
Man In The Window - Victorville, California
Dilapidated Interior - Victorville, California
The Neighbors Are Gone - Victorville, California
No Hot Water - Victorville, California
Kitchen - Victorville, California
There Goes The Neighborhood - Victorville, California
Fallen Wall, Shattered Window - Victorville, California
The Backyard - Victorville, California
No Mail Today - Victorville, California
Lifelessness - Victorville, California 

Friday, June 22, 2012

On Location: George Air Force Base, Victorville, California - Part 1

Early this morning I visited old George Air Force Base near Victorville, California. It's now called Southern California Logistics Airport, as the base closed down in December of 1992 as part of the Base Realignment and Closure commission following the Cold War.

What is interesting about this location is that the old military housing and some other buildings from the base are completely abandoned and most of them are in ruins. Most of these buildings were constructed in the 1960's, although some appear to be older and some newer. It's also a location that has been largely ignored by the photographic community.

Part of the reason the buildings are in such a state of decay is that the military has used them for urban warfare training. 20 years of exposure to the harsh desert climate without care or repair has done the rest.

The buildings are easily accessible, and some parts of the old base are in still in use, such as two schools, a church, a park and a golf course. You can drive right onto the old base without problem and easily find parking.

A security patrol did stop me first thing (after I'd snapped only five frames) and asked what I was doing. I explained that I'm a photographer and I that was capturing the old buildings. He seemed satisfied with that and I didn't see him again.

A word of caution if you should go: you are technically trespassing and the buildings are unsafe. I don't suggest that you put yourself at risk. Keep yourself safe and stay out of trouble.

Anyway, I started out at sunrise and explored and photographed for two hours. I only got to about 5% or 8% of the abandoned base, and over 90% I didn't have time for. That means I'll have to make additional trips there in the near future.

I used my Samsung NX200 and Pentax K-x to capture the images. All of these photographs were taken with the K-x. Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4 will have the NX200 images.
Tweezy - Victorville, California
Lost Luggage - Victorville, California
Lifeless - Victorville, California
Broken Fan - Victorville, California 
Table For Two - Victorville, California
Off The Air - Victorville, California
Death And Ruins - Victorville, California
Burnt Corner - Victorville, California
The Doors - Victorville, California
I P - Victorville, California
Empty Doorway - Victorville, California
Shutter Shadow - Victorville, California
Heating Machine - Victorville, California
Middle East Writing - Victorville, California
Open Floor Plan - Victorville, California
Kill First - Victorville, California
No Through Fare - Victorville, California 
Forgotten Chair - Victorville, California 
Rusted Spray Can - Victorville, California