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    Posted: 11 February 2019 at 21:11
Rhyolite, located in Death Valley National Park (California, U.S.) includes a variety of structures. Here is an interior an exterior view of one of the few remaining wood structures.

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When I saw the title, I was expecting to see some geological rock formations, so this was a bit of a surprise.
Wonderful images, beautifully rendered and captured. Remarkable these flimsy looking structures have survived (somewhat) for over a century in that extreme environment.

Thanks for sharing.
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Jozioau - I'm not sure how old these structures are but since there is no sign of habitation in the area I assume they do go back a long ways. I'n ot sure how long that corrugated metal has been produced. Thanks for commenting.
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I've been to DV a few times but never stopped by Rhyolite: I'd drive past on the way to the motel (in Beatty) after sunset and then, again in the dark, on the way from Beatty to Zabriskie point before sunrise. But I've always been curious... Very atmospheric images, thanks for sharing!
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Fascinating images, Roger. I suspect (but would like to have you confirm) that they are 'mild' HDR images? If so, they are beautifully well controlled in terms of the extremes of the range that this can produce and the effect on the sky, especially, in the second is rather striking.

The interior shot in the first image shows great control of exposure and you've maintained both the textures and tones inside (which is clearly rather dark in reality) with the brighter tones through the far window. It's something the eye:mind does automatically but much harder to reproduce in an image such as this.

As for Rhyolite, according to   Wikipedia it finally lost it's last inhabitants around 1911 so those buildings (and the corrugated iron) are clearly in excess of 100 years old. they don't build them like that any more!

Thank you for sharing one of the less shown locations in the US (and yes; I have added it to the list, at least mentally for now...).

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Originally posted by owenn01 owenn01 wrote:

I suspect (but would like to have you confirm) that they are 'mild' HDR images?


Suspicion confirmed. Three exposures combined for #1, 2 exposures for #2. It was a very overcast and dreary day but I did intentionally permit more drama in the sky than was really there. When doing this I always am still looking for a "believable" image. HDR is but a tool and I only use it when the dynamic range of the camera cannot possibly capture the whole, the whole that as you state our eye/brain sees automatically.
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