Alabama Hills by bmac62 ()
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When I was growing up during the 1940s-50s, Western Movies provided great inspirations for me and my boyhood pals. Our heroes were Roy Rogers, Gene Autry and the Lone Ranger. Tom Mix and Hopalong Cassidy were just a little before my time. But all their cowboy movies had something in common...fascinating, rough terrain featuring an abundance of huge potato shaped rocks with towering mountains behind them.
Yesterday we stopped overnight at an RV park just outside of Lone Pine, California. Much to my amazement the locations for many of those early western movies was a short five mile drive from where we were staying. Of course, I had to go...
The photo above doesn't do justice to the area where more than 400 movies, and TV series have been filmed since 1920, but it does give you an idea of what some of the countless rocks look like.
We'll have to come back here at some future date and photograph this place thoroughly. It is called "The Alabama Hills". But until we do, I'll just have to imagine hearing Roy Rogers and Dale Evans singing "Happy Trails" and watching the mysterious Lone Ranger and his faithful friend Tonto riding off into the sunset:-)
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Rich color & detail in this shot & yes, I can easily imagine all those cowboys riding through this landscape. Oddly, Bill, though I am a little younger than you, I remember watching a Hopalong Cassidy TV show. I googled & found that the TV series ran from 1952-1954, which was a few years before I started watching TV, so what I was watching must have been syndicated reruns...
I think the photo does do it justice. It's terrific. It would have been sooo easy to over expose this, but you didn't. Did you use a Circular Polariser? I remember reading that Lone Pine was destroyed by an earthquake at some point. I can't remember when!
Great shot and truly what I saw in those movies too! I can still hear the ricochets of bullets bouncing off the rocks. As I remember it there were only three or four ricochet sounds but they were used over and over again and eventually I forgot about them being the same sounds.
Stunning colors. The clarity in this awesome shot is so definitive that the scene almost doesn't look real, Bill. Also popular in the cowboy genre way back when were John Wayne, Charles Starrett, Lash Larue, Duncan Renaldo (The Cisco Kid), and Buck Jones,
What a cool shot, Bill! You know - I can almost hear the bullets ricocheting off those rocks..... Bang! Whiiiiinnnngggg! Bang! Whiiiinnngggg! I know what you mean, though... I could have spent hours in Badlands Nat. Park.. We only saw a small part of it last month. This is definitely zoom-worthy!
outstanding landscape. I still watch the old westerns when ever I can find them on TV, mostly on local stations. the parks opened the day before I went. If I had known earlier, I would have taken a helicopter ride to the bottom of Grand Canyon. I never turned my laptop on during the trip
This looks like a petrified mastodon trying to get out of the ground. Nice angle and good job getting the lighting from a good angle. Yes, I remember those TV programs. Since we had no TV I saw them at friend's homes. That was a lot more healthy entertainment than the politically correct trash being shoved down our cables today! The bad guys were bad and the good guys were role models one could look up to. Keep up the good work, Bill! Would be nice to see more of this area where all the films were shot. :-)