The Beatty Buildings

If you look in just the right place along the I95 in Southwestern Nevada, you’ll find a series of old, abandoned concrete structures that I have begun referring to as “The Beatty Buildings” due to their close proximity to the relatively small town of Beatty, Nevada.

The Beatty Buildings - PHOTOS BY HAFEY

A friend and I discovered these structures while on the way to the ghost town known as Rhyolite, Nevada a couple months back and decided to check them out. It was daytime during our first visit, and while we were able to get some interesting shots, it was clear that this location would be best photographed at night.

The Beatty Buildings - PHOTOS BY HAFEY

I finally managed to make the 2 hour drive back to The Beatty Buildings after sunset recently and the photos in this post are the result of my excursion.

The Beatty Buildings - PHOTOS BY HAFEY

In all actuality, my impatience may have resulted in less-than-stellar (pun intended) photos because the moon was about 3/4 full and very bright in the empty desert sky. As a result, the stars and Milky Way did not shine through as much as if I had waited for a new moon, but I was still able to take advantage of the additional light to get some interesting compositions of the broken-down architecture in the area.

The Beatty Buildings - PHOTOS BY HAFEY

For this trip, I brought my Canon 7D Mark II with a 24-70mm F2.8 lens and my Sony a6000 with the 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 kit lens. I began shooting with the Canon, however the combination of the crop sensor and the inability to shoot wider than 24mm (which is roughly the equivalent of 38mm on a crop sensor) made it difficult to nail some of the compositions I was going for. As a result, I took the risk of sacrificing some quality and eventually switched over to the a6000 which was MUCH lighter in weight and offered a wider focal length.

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All-in-all, I was relatively pleased with the outcome and had a great time making and processing the photos. Besides, that’s what it’s all about, right?