The open door

(click to view image larger in lightbox for a better look)

My life has become a lot about where I am currently located these days…either Phoenix or Las Vegas. The project at my day job has gotten really busy up there so my presence has been required more. It’s hard to travel to much, because I hate being away from my girls. But traveling does give me chances to see new places.

One of the recent visits I made included a trip to the ghost town of Nelson. I was a bit bummed to find out that the actual “real” ghost town part was still inhabited by people with lots of huge “No Trespassing” signs everywhere. In this kind of town…it’s a bit more dangerous to venture onto a property with one of those signs. You’re likely to get nailed by a shotgun or something.

Further down the road, however, I discovered that there was a sort of “touristy” version of Nelson with a lot of old vehicles, barns, mining equipment, etc., all laid out. I walked around it a bit…but I honestly felt little desire to photograph old things that had been places there for tourists. I’d rather find them in their natural element, if you get that.

One image I did take, the only one…was this old bus. I loved the setting sun shining through the windshield and the open door, making it something more unique than just a another photograph of an “abandoned” vehicle.

(exif: canon eos 5d mark ii, tamron 17-35mm 2.8, 17mm, iso 100, f/5.0)


  • Jim Denham

    Great shot!

  • Jason Hines

    Mike – I’m completely with you. As soon as something starts looking touristy I lose interest. Nice image, I love the sunburst.

  • Heath O’Fee

    Nice muted colours…has a bit of a vintage feel. And I hear you on the posed landmarks. Much more fulfilling to find something as it’s been for years and years.

  • Chris Nitz

    I love how your framed and captured this shot Mike. I hope work slows down somewhat for you over the summer months.

  • Jesse

    Really like the feel of this shot. Its not in your face but still begs to be stared at.

  • Mike

    Thanks guys…kind of amazing how a photographer is different from a tourist. They want to take pictures of the touristy places they see, where we want to visit places that tourists wouldn’t necessarily go, and shoot something they wouldn’t necessarily see.

    Appreciate the kind words!

  • Bob Lussier

    Great find … and I know what you mean about shooting things that had been placed there for tourists. I totally get it.

  • Scott

    Sick shot dude!

  • Scott Ackerman

    Nice one! For some reason I think of ‘Almost Famous’ when I see this shot. Great capture.

  • Chris DeAngelis

    I really like that you kept the bus dark in this shot. Great textures! That sunburst is wonderful!

  • Kristi Hines

    Great photo! I wish I had been more into photography back when I traveled a lot for work. Certainly would have made some of those trips more worthwhile, but unfortunately I was always just packing a point & shoot back then.

    Things in their natural element are definitely nice. Like when the hubby and I were in Australia. I was happy to take photos of koalas at the park, but the ones we found out in their natural habitat were so much more exciting!

  • Toad Hollow Photography

    What a fantastic composition here Mike, God I love this image!! Great work my friend!

  • James Howe

    I know what you mean, but I’ll still take a rusty old thing anywhere I can find it. Nice work with this shot.

  • Karoline

    As always, magnificent shot Mike! That rusty bus then the setting sun… beautiful.

  • Scott Webb | Nuwomb

    It’s like taking photographs of animals at the zoo. It’s nothing like taking photographs of animals in the wild.

    Great shot as I love the sunburst coming through.


  • Ryan Sexton

    Nice shot, really like the sun coming through the window.

  • Michelle Hires

    You’re amazing Mike. This is gorgeous!

  • Chris Frailey

    Great shot Mike. Totally with you on the touristy thing.