The Morning After

Room 11; Desert Inn Motel; Mojave, CA

Room 11; Desert Inn Motel; Mojave, CA

Doing night photography in the desert includes the experience of waking up in strange motels. More often than not, they’re mom and pop affairs managed by an overly effusive couple who oversee their domain with more time than money. Typically, the 60 year old property hangs in a precarious state of (dis)repair, and the continental breakfast includes something that is orange, but almost certainly not juice. Still, as long as they manage to deliver clean sheets, a hot shower, and at least minimally efficient air conditioning, it’s all part of the adventure.

Tech Notes

1/500 sec at f/11; 20mm; ISO 200; ambient light


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  1. Tim March 21, 2014 at 3:25 pm #

    I’m always a little frightened by some of the hotels I see out that way including some of the Motel 6’s. The Ridgecrest ABV is not so bad except that the phone was ringing at 11:01 on the day of check out.
    Wish I could afford to stay in a Hampton Inn on every trip.

  2. Bobbi July 16, 2016 at 3:53 am #

    Beautiful pictures. Love the one you posted on Facebook with the clown and the beat up lampshade. My all time favorite is still the one from I think it’s New Orleans with the mannequins. I realize this site is about the lighting, but I think some of your older black and white photography is worth of posting too. Although they probably seem novice to you compared to what your doing now? Love u!

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