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Rustic Relics – On the Way to Yellowstone

On the way to Yellowstone in the town of Gallatin Gateway is a lot full of Rustic Relics for sale by “Montana Classic Cars”.  I first saw this place on my way to North Dakota from California a year and a half ago.  It was winter and I didn’t have a whole lot of time, but I did stop and get a few shots.  After I moved to Montana, I always wanted to visit it again, but I couldn’t remember where it was.  Well on my way to Yellowstone this weekend I found it again!  Here are a few of the shots I took this weekend.








A Saturday Drive

Max and I took a drive down to Sheridan, Wyoming yesterday to visit some friends.  We took the back roads all the way down and had fun finding things you just don’t see taking the highway.   Here are a few of the photos I took during the day’s trip.


Max's friend "Daisy"

Graves Hotel

Last weekend in my travels I came across the Graves Hotel in Harlowton, MT.  I imagine this was quite the place in its time.  All these images are HDR images created with Photomatix Pro.


Reed Point MT, “Sheep Drive Capital of the World”

I headed west today and stopped in Reed Point, population 96.  Reed Point claims to be the “Sheep Drive Capital of the World” and if you don’t believe it, stop by in September and they will prove it!  I stopped  because from the Interstate I could see two grain elevators and I really like photographing them.  There was quite a bit more to photograph in a one block radius, and I managed to capture a few different looks, including a Rusted Relic!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Nothing says “Happy Mother’s Day” like Roller Derby!  They needed a new team photo for their upcoming bout this weekend in Helena so I stopped by before practice and shot a few frames.  HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY EVERYONE!

Derby Dames Billings MT - May 8th, 2011

Rusted Relics are Back!

It’s been a while since I posted any Rusted Relic images, long over due if you ask me!  While on my way to church today… ok let me explain,   Max and I were on a mission today (no pun intended), we were off to photograph a great old church in the middle of nowhere, St Olaf’s.  It’s about a 70 mile drive and on the way we saw a few things we just could not pass up.  These are all HDR images processed with Photomatix Pro.


Comanche, MT

It was an ugly morning in Montana yesterday, but the afternoon wasn’t too bad at all.  Max and I headed out for a drive late in the afternoon an ended up in Comanche, MT.  It’s not really a town, not sure if it ever was, I think it was more of a train stop for the grain silos that used to be there.  Here are a few shots from our visit.

This was taken just north of Comanche, it's a panoramic using 5 vertical images


This is a HDR photo using 3 images one stop apart


This is my favorite shot of the day!

Broadview, Montana

After a little spring cleaning, Max & I headed out for a drive this afternoon.  We ended up in Broadview, Montana!   I used a few different processing techniques today, including a 7 photo HDR image and came up with  4 unique looks.  My favorite is of course Max hanging out on the tracks.

Swords Park – Pepsi Challenge

Some of you might remember the photos below I took this summer for the Billings Chamber of Commerce, they were taken as part of the Chamber’s effort to win a $250,000 grant from the Pepsi Challenge.  Pepsi is offering two grants this month for $250,000, being selected for the grant is pretty simple, the cause with the most votes wins!   The voting started  on January 3rd and runs through the 31st, you can vote once a day via text and once via the web.  I know you all have too much to do in your life already, but I would appreciate your support in voting for Swords Park for Kids.  In a perfect world you’d vote everyday from now until the end of the month, I’m just hoping you vote as often as possible and share the links with your friends.   Thanks!   

Text once daily:  105554 to 73774 (PEPSI) 

Log on and vote daily:


Yellowstone Kelly's grave site (one of the areas to be improved)

Updated signage will be part of the project as well

An example of some of the restoration needs, part of the old guard rail!




1/80 sec at f/10, ISO 125 - 185mm (70-200mm f/2.8)

I finally got a chance to try out my new lights this weekend.  Here’s a shot of Macy using my new Elichchrom BX 500 ri, with a 36′ Octabank.