We Are Here

(Looks even more abandoned by clicking to view in lightbox. It also may help finding the title of the image a bit easier)

Saturday was awesome.  I mean, yes, the agreed upon meeting time was 3:45AM…but it was still all kinds of fun.

Pretty much all on time (except for me who needed some Tums after a harrowing night of America’s Tacos, Killians Red and ice cream), my buddies Ken Peterson, Rick Young and Chris Frailey met me up at Carefree Highway and I-17, ready  and geared up for an all-day, epic adventure in northern Arizona. The plan was to hit the ghost town of Two Guns around sunrise, shoot random stuff all morning, eat lunch and then trek out to Grand Falls for the afternoon.

And that we did and it was fantastic. Had a blast hanging out, shooting, goofing off, making fun of each other and generally being in photography heaven.

This image above looks nothing like a ghost town, although it’s definitely not been lived in for awhile. The structure belongs to an old motor home camp site that was just a few hundred feet away from what remained of Two Guns.

The thing about northern Arizona are the wide open, beautifully blue skies that mix with gorgeous clouds. I rarely shoot a landscape when there aren’t clouds involved and I loved the way these kind of framed the “A-Frame” structure. Like my shot on Monday of Grand Falls…this image was made possible by my handy-dandy circular polarizer.

(exif: canon eos 5d mark ii, tamron 17-35mm 2.8, 17mm, f/13, iso 100, 1/80 sec, circular polarizer)



  • http://heathofee.com Heath O’Fee

    Love the simplicity and symmetry. That A-frame is totally awesome 🙂

  • http://www.chrisnitz.com Chris Nitz

    I am surprised at the lengths people will travel just so they can spray paint their artwork. I really like the desolation on this shot, which is then enhanced by the graffiti on the building! Great shot Mike!

  • http://brianmatiash.com/blog Brian Matiash

    That little bit of sky that breaks the clouds open is perfectly placed over the structure. B&W is definitely the way to go with this one.

  • http://dudewithcamera.com Jesse

    Love the amount of sky you included in the shot, really adds a nice touch of drama to it.

  • http://Www.ryoungfoto.com Rick Young

    Freakin love it!

  • http://www.ScottFrederickPhotoBlog.com Scott Frederick

    Graffiti in the desert, I’ve seen it all. Great shot and I agree with Brian about the way those clouds break over the structure perfectly. Nice work as always Mike!

  • http://www.jamesbrandon.cc/blog James Brandon

    Agree with Scott, lol. Who’s tagging these structures, the local Indian natives!? Nonetheless, incredible shot and beautiful sky to accompany the building there.

  • http://axphotography.wordpress.com/ Scott Ackerman

    Sweet conversion. Really dig the symmetry.

  • http://www.myblueheaven.com Scott Wood

    Amazing sky. Really wish I would have been able to make that part of the trip with you guys.

  • http://www.stevebeal.com Steve Beal

    Very pleasing image to look at and of course yet another epic sky!

  • http://theperfectsunset.net Jason Hines

    Great one Mike. B&W looks awesome.

  • Toni Aull

    Wonderful shot!!!
    Glad you guys had fun.

  • http://www.cdeangelisphotography.com/ Chris DeAngelis

    Love the structure in the bottom of the frame pointing to that great sky!

  • http://photostry.com/ Kristi Hines

    The lightbox definitely brings out more detail on the image. The “we are here” is almost kind of creepy, like there are graffiti-loving spirits inside.

  • http://www.lightasmagic.com Justin

    A very stark image. Nicely done!

  • http://www.hjertelyd.dk/shop/ Anne

    A shot of epic proportions! 😀

  • http://www.chrisfrailey.com Chris Frailey

    Love it Mike. I like how the clouds are almost reaching around the building.