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Jim McKinniss

Pro Member, Redondo Beach

Roy's Motel

Roy's motel is abandonded and has been for years. It is located in the southern California desert and is frequently used as a movie location.

I shot this with a Canon 1DS Mark II. Technicals: f16.0, manual, 1/10 second, ISO 100, focal length 30.0mm using a 16-35mm zoom.

Comments 17

  • Dennis Franke 03/21/2010 14:59


    cool !!!

  • John Willems 11/23/2008 4:17

    You are really a great Artist Jim. Fantastic image on a very high lever! PRO +++++++ J.
  • blow-up 09/26/2008 13:34

    Actually not new as an image subject but really well done.

    blow-up :-)
  • Maddalena Di Gregorio 01/10/2008 10:21

    I love the lighting and do not think it is too light, in fact lightening it up would turn it in to a more common shot. There is a feeling of the sun peeking through an opening in the thick dark clouds right before nightime...imminent really. As for the composition I love the contrast between the incrdibly gigantic sign and the tiny motel complex.
  • Yadran Saavedra 10/27/2007 9:11

    well executed.
  • Yadran Saavedra 10/27/2007 9:10

    this photo is rich in contrast, I love it
  • Andrej Nagode 09/23/2007 9:54

    Wow...amazing work.
    Best wishes,
  • T.Hübner 02/11/2007 14:53

    respect - I like this picture !

  • Pat McMullen 01/31/2007 14:24

    Love this photo! Old motels are great.

  • RitaS 01/25/2007 19:00

    Yes - Excellent
    The darkness reminds me of "Bates Motel"


  • Maguire 01/24/2007 16:05

    Excellent... has a very retro, LIFE Magazine feel to it.
  • Dragomir Vukovic 01/22/2007 18:12

    another great window
  • Sachin Pangaonkar 01/17/2007 20:19

    Great perspective . The tones are class. Good that you presented it in this format . Its got a great effect.
  • Harry B.P. Jaeger 01/17/2007 18:39

    a very expression-strong picture. I like it so much
    greets from vienna
  • Jaime Crystal Attenborough 01/16/2007 15:02

    i really like the dasrkness of it, the sky is great, i would probably just clone out the little white spots in the right backround,little houses or shops?
    so the focus is on the sign and motel itself.
    great shot
  • Sarah D. Kiefer 01/15/2007 21:13

    i haven't seen your black & white side yet, jim. i like it. the mood in the sky here is beautifully captured. how's that for "straight and tough" critique? oh, all right, here's one: lop off a little from the bottom; just barely an inch or so to keep that dark black and a few of those sparkly tar-beach highlights. the lighting on the buildings is great...the stark shadows all work very well.
  • BRYAN CRUTE 01/15/2007 18:04

    I like what I think you set out to achieve. A sixtys style motel shot.?