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Category Archives: Architecture Photography

Cabazon Dinosaurs – Cabazon, CA

Address:  50800 Seminole Drive, Cabazon, CA 92230  [ Map It ]

The Cabazon Dinosaurs are a well known roadside attraction off Interstate 10 on the way to Palm Springs. In the early days of the dinosaurs, nothing much was out that way. Now, the dinosaurs are surrounded by palm trees and buildings, making photographing them more difficult each year.

If you visit in the winter months, some great snow capped mountains can be had behind the dinosaurs, making for a great shot.

Capturing the Shot: The dinosaurs make for a good subject on a clear day if shooting up towards the sky capturing their upper torso and forgetting their feet, unless you have a model posing.

Also, because Bob Hope Airport in Palm Springs is just a hop down the Interstate, jets will often leave their contrails across the skies. They don’t seem to dissipate too quickly, so try to make them work for you. For instance, when I was shooting the T-Rex, a contrail was present in the sky, so I just framed my shot so the contrail appeared to be smoke coming out of the dinosaur’s mouth, giving him a Godzilla appearance (see photo).

Try visiting the nearby Wind Farm in Desert Hot Springs for some shots of windmills after your through photographing the dinosaurs.

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Wind Farm – Windmills – Desert Hot Springs, CA

Address:  Lat 33.910235, Lng -116.562491  [ Map It ]

Like the Cabazon Dinosaurs, the wind farm in Desert Hot Springs can been seen off Interstate 10 on the way to Palm Springs where windmills scatter the desert landscape. Starting near Whitewater and continuing into Palm Springs, by checking the frontage roads, you can get up close and personal with the windmills, which offer some unique perspectives. Whether shooting up at one individual windmill or zooming out for a wide angle view of many of them, you can depict the enormous size of these windmills or the green energy they provide.

Capturing the Shot: Clear skies offer up a bright blue sky against the contrasting mountains and windmills. Too cloudy of a day or overcast and the windmills will seemingly merge with the sky making for a rather bland photo. Because of the high winds in the area, you can often sit until ugly clouds pass by in relatively quick order.

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