In the summer Bodie State Park, one of the last surviving ghost towns in California, once a month during the summer hosts Ghost walks. During this very exclusive event Bodie stays open until 10pm to give guided tours at night in a real ghost town tell ghost stories and learn about the Stars. The photographers who are brave enough to take on night photography show up at 4pm and make a plan, tripods and cameras in hand.
We arrived at bodie late afternoon as I grabbed my gear and made my way to scout locations and map the moon on my phone app. I had to walk a gauntlet of Photographers who were set up to photograph the church and the setting sun. Normally its bad form to walk in front of another photographer shooting however, twenty photographers lined up simi blocking the entrance I took my chances and apologised.
I have learned to always keep an eye on the sun and the sky especially when the golden hour is approaching seeing the droves of photographers focused on the same subject, I chose instead a spot with more of a wide open feel featuring one of the Bodie trucks and the Mercantile in the foreground. The photo above shows my choice.
I recommend this photography adventure, just a reminder be prepared with multiple flashlights one with a red lens so you dont disturb other photographers and mess up everyone’s night vision. Dress warm nights at 9000 foot elevation are cold!! Bring extra batteries the cold drains them quick. Do your homework and above all have fun.
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Bodie State Park is on Facebook and has events all year go like their page to get updates on events. https://www.facebook.com/events/810950086026565/