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Mare Island, Vallejo, California 6 years 5 months ago #1

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I personally have now done four photo shots at Mare Island located in Vallejo, California. It's really an interesting place in that it has a lot of firsts (first dry dock on the Pacific coast, first US Naval Base on Pacific, and a number of others). However, in 1993 it was determined to be shut down as a Naval Base and this occurred in about 1999. Since then, some of it has been reused, some found a new use, and some of it has just been left to decay. You've seen some shots from my shoots and here are some more. I encourage other Bay Area based FPZ'ers to post their efforts from capturing this old lady in decline.

Here are some from our recent shoot:

Industrial IR Light and Magic?

IMGP3892-Edit by blackcloudbrew, on Flickr

Palm Tree angles

IMGP3898-Edit by blackcloudbrew, on Flickr

Saucer or light?

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Oh...it's a light

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Infrared sunset

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Re: Mare Island, Vallejo, California 6 years 5 months ago #2

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Wow, great work, Tim. Mare Island is a fascinating place for sure and your pics always seem to capture the elegance of a bygone era. I like the IR's, well done.

I'll put in a couple:


Spirit Ship

High atop a hill on the south end of the island, this welded artpiece is dedicated to the workers of Mare Island.

Ammo Bunker

Mare Island was home to an important munitions production operation and there are numerous storage bunkers throughout the island.

Boxcar Twilight
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Re: Mare Island, Vallejo, California 6 years 5 months ago #3

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Stunning! I don't think I've ever seen a sunset in IR before, it's almost other-worldly...

and that Spirit Ship with a large moon is eerie and fascinating. Great capture.
Photons are your friends! :-)
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Re: Mare Island, Vallejo, California 6 years 5 months ago #4

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A few more of a partially burned decaying building on the north end of the island.

Dark hallway - 645 Tmax 400ISO

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Broken vision - 645 Tmax 400ISO

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Honey, we need a clean up in the den! - 645 Tmax 400ISO

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Burn marks - 6x7 100ISO

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Ladder to knowhere - 6x7 ISO100

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Re: Mare Island, Vallejo, California 6 years 5 months ago #5

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Great series folks.
I'm enjoying every picture!
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Re: Mare Island, Vallejo, California 6 years 5 months ago #6

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is that where they tested the bombs, Tim?
:w00t:
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Re: Mare Island, Vallejo, California 6 years 5 months ago #7

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Very funny Mike :|

I had to update several of my first few shots above as I find that my IR camera had a dirty sensor. Hopefully I got all the dust balls.
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Re: Mare Island, Vallejo, California 6 years 5 months ago #8

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couple more:




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Re: Mare Island, Vallejo, California 6 years 5 months ago #9

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A few more.

My Spirit Ship in IR

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And HDR

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The base plate below the Spirit Ship

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Orange Bay

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Western skyline from Mare Island

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Re: Mare Island, Vallejo, California 6 years 5 months ago #10

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These are fantastic!
I really love the twilight colour in Western Skyline!

That 'Spirit Ship' is most interesting.


Thanks for sharing your images folks!
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Re: Mare Island, Vallejo, California 6 years 5 months ago #11

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Wow, I've been away too long, I love this series. Some really otherworldly images Tim and some amazing colours from both you and Mike. I love the Spirit Ship in IR, it looks like it's going to walk off frame. Excellent sense of movement from an inanimate object.
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