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If you like western movies then you have seen the Alabama Hills.  They have been the home on the range for most of the classic Republic and Columbia westerns and heard the gunfire from the six-shooters of Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, the Lone Ranger, Wild Bill Elliot, Randolph Scott, Lash LaRue, and were the main locales for almost all of the Hopalong Cassidy movies and TV series episodes.

But in addition to the westerns, these bizarre remnants of a volcanic era have played stand-in for Mars and who knows what other alien homes in numerous sci-fi movies and TV series including Star Trek and Twilight Zone.  They have also even been the Khyber Pass for the classic Gunga Din, and King of the Khyber Rifles.

And no, they are not in Alabama.  They are in Central California at the base of the eastern slope of the Sierras just outside of a town called Lone Pine.  It is north from San Diego on 395 about 5 hours drive time.

I was introduced to them in 2000 when permitted to join a workshop led by my friend and colleague Donna Cosentino.  I have since returned on my own and brought my own classes and workshops here.  The light changes hourly and the mood seasonally so there is always something new to shoot.  I can hardly wait for the next landscape class to come back again. 

This collection was photographed with the following camera equipment"

  • Burke & James Field 4x5
  • Bronica C 6x6 medium format
  • Bronica GS1 6x7 medium format
  • Nikon D100 Digital
  • Canon 20D Digital
  • Canon 5D Digital

I hope you enjoy the pictures as much as I enjoyed taking them.  That Landscape class is coming up again soon so hopefully I can add to this collection!

OK, NOW let's go to the photos!




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