Trona Sunrise

I got up unbelievably early today to head down the road about 20 minutes to Trona, CA. I wanted to catch the sunrise, but without someone counting on me I wouldnt have gotten up. So I called my Dad and asked him to go with me. It was his birthday yesterday, so I thought while we were in Trona we would have breakfast with his granddaughter and my niece Lexi.

For those who don’t know what type of town Trona is I’ll break it down really quick. If you blink you miss it. It smells like rotten eggs because it’s home to a Borax mine. The highschool football team plays on a dirt field. It used to have a HUGE salt water public pool. The roads are red.  A lot of movies were filmed here including but not limited to The Planet of the Apes; that desert scene…ya that’s Trona.  The people are close-knit and are very protective of each other and the town. 

While I hate mornings, Trona did not disappoint. The clouds colored the sky with blues an pinks and oranges. Beautiful. 

Trona has a lot of abandoned houses and for lack of a better word…junk, laying everywhere. That’s not a bad thing though! It makes for some cool photo’s. This was my first time shooting a sunrise, and I learned a couple of things. You need a tri-pod. My dad bought me one, but my brain didn’t wake up and remember this morning :). And you need a coffee. Got one of those a little later in the day.

I plan on going back and trying again soon. The scenery would lend itself to HDR so easily. I’m excited to see how that works out! BTW that’s really teal you see through the window. That wasnt me.

I really like over saturated processing right now. Or desaturating to get a B&W. Maybe it’s because I’m a beginner :).

One of the coolest murals I’ve seen in a long time.

One of the mines.

Enjoy your weekend!


10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. bonniegunkel
    Apr 02, 2011 @ 17:11:39

    Wow! All of these photos are awesome. Love how you use the “scenery” around you in them. The sunrises are fabulous!


  2. Photo By Holly
    Apr 02, 2011 @ 17:37:56

    Wow – you got some great shots here! I really love the photo of the window – great use of framing! The one right after it is cool, too – love the angle. That IS a great mural – I love it! Looks like a very interesting little spot. Must look like nothing to most people, but at sunrise, to a photographer, is a GREAT location!! 🙂


  3. Jolene Hanson
    Apr 03, 2011 @ 17:33:50

    I like the juxtaposition of nature’s beauty against Trona’s debris. Really cool photos!! I especially love the pinks and the shape of the clouds in the third shot.


  4. David Williams
    Apr 06, 2011 @ 05:20:12

    Wow, the skies are amazing, what a wonderful place to shoot! Hope you had a great breakfast with you dad. IF I were pick one, it would be the third image down, the one of the house foundation. The rocks on the first step just adds to the mystic of the image!


  5. linzfrentrop
    Apr 07, 2011 @ 13:31:28

    Great shots, what a cool rusty place!
    I got up early for sunrise pictures on Saturday too! I’m never up early enough for sunrise shots, ha! (Though i’ve been dragging @ss on posting them…)
    I’d love to see some HDR photos of that place, you’re right its just asking for them!


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