Gold King Mine & Ghost Town, Jerome Arizona Photography

Gold King Mine & Ghost Town, Jerome Arizona Photography

Don Robertson has a legacy in this town, one which is very well known and will never be forgotten. When we arrived and saw his picture, we spoke about chills going down our spines. It was as if Old Don was standing next to us, grouchy but with a smile and excited that we were there to experience our art’s creation and to show the world what a great artist he was.

Some of the reviews we read were from people who could not appreciate a location like this. As a group of photographers, we were boiling with excitement. We saw vibrant colors, composition, and photo opportunities galore! We spent half a day here, and that was the short version. We could have stayed from sunrise to sunset to do this exactly right. We were excited about collecting past images and thrilled about the old cars and trucks we were about to add to our portfolio. We highly suggest this photography spot for all photographers. It is one of the top places to do photography in Arizona or anywhere else.

Gold King Mine & Ghost Town, Jerome Arizona Photography

Gold King Mine & Ghost Town, Jerome Arizona Photography

Gold King Mine Photography Information

The Gold King Mine has an abundance of photography opportunities. Plan to spend many hours here. Bring your tripod, circular polarizing filters, and your wide-angle lens. There aren’t any moving waters here. Just a plethora of colorful subject matter. There is no wildlife here either.

Ghost Hunting Camera Gear and Settings Information 

Although this is a daytime shoot, we supply you with the Ghost Hunting Information because this is a ghost-hunting town. You can find regular daytime photography shooting information throughout the magazine. Beginners can start here.

Gold King Mine & Ghost Town, Jerome Arizona Photography

When to Go: Any time is sufficient, but traditionally the best results have been documented after 9 p.m.

Cameras: A basic DSLR Can be used for night photography but cannot see in absolute darkness. You must bring a light source of some kind for focusing and lighting.

Full Spectrum Digital Camera: – This camera takes quality Full Spectrum photos and video. They have been professionally modified to accept deeper Ultraviolet (UV) and Infrared (IR) light to allow pictures deep into the usually unseen light spectrum. It features an easy-to-use interface that makes your job easier and effectively captures evidence.

As with all cameras, this is best used with an external light source such as a UV light, IR light, or Full Spectrum (white) light.

Infrared (IR) Digital Camera: – Takes quality IR photos and video with the convenience and ease of a compact digital camera

Ghost Hunting Camera Settings: For basic DSLR photography, our goal is capturing activity, not super high-quality images in general, so that we will do a few things a little out of the ordinary. Set your ISO as high as you can for very dark locations. You cannot shoot a DSLR in total darkness. You will need some light sources, such as a flashlight, church lights, or a full moon. Use your tripod and set your camera to manual mode. Set your ISO very high, depending on how much light you have. You can go much higher on your higher-end cameras, but the higher you go, the more grain you will get. Again, it’s not always about avoiding grain or digital noise here. Set your aperture to the lowest f-number; then scroll your shutter speed until the meter reads center zero. Now you are set. It would help if you were about several seconds on your shutter speed. You can light things up with a flashlight if you do not have enough light.

EMF Meters: Measure fluctuations in electromagnet fields (or EM fields). These fields directly result from electrical appliances in a home, cell phones, power lines outside, and even solar activity and weather fluctuations. Beyond that, a primary theory in the paranormal world is that entities can manipulate these fields in their attempt to manifest themselves or interact with our world. When your meter goes off, do a long exposure on your tripod.

THIS IS ALSO DARK SKY MILKY WAY PHOTOGRAPHY TERRITORY!

Gold King Mine & Ghost Town, Jerome Arizona Photography

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How to Shoot Milky Way and Night Sky Photography

What you will need:

Light pollution map – light pollution map

Camera – You will need a camera to control your ISO, shutter speed, and aperture manually.

Lens – A fast wide-angle lens of 1.4 – 2.8 is ideal. If you use a 3.5 or higher (slower lens), you will have to increase the ISO. The higher the ISO, the more grain or digital noise or grain in your photos.

Tripod – A good sturdy tripod is essential for night photography. If it gets windy, you will need a sturdy one. Keep that in mind; when you buy one, it should be sturdy enough to withstand the wind but small enough to fit in your suitcase.

Sky Map – Sky Guide is available through the iTunes Store for $1.99. It has a 5 out of 5-star rating on both the current (3.2) version (1200+ ratings) and all previous versions (8600+ ratings).

Flashlight –  Our choice is Coast brand for flashlights. The ideal flashlight will have high lumens, and you will be able to zoom in and out on the amount of light emitting from the flashlight. Get the HP7, PX45, or the G50. Ideally, go with the  HP7.

Moon Phaze Map – The best time to go is during a new moon, and you want to be in the darkest area possible. The week before the new moon, when the moon has not risen, is a perfect time to go, so check the moonrise chart to see when the moon will be up.

Remote Shutter Release – When painting with light and you want to go over a 30-second exposure, you must have a shutter release to use your bulb mode. When exposing your pictures in general, you can use the remote release, or you can use your camera’s built-in two-second timer.

Use a Tripod – First, you must be on a tripod. A good sturdy tripod is necessary if it is windy. If the tripod moves, your picture will blur.

Focus – Use live view. Use your camera’s live view to focus in the dark, hit the zoom button, and focus on a bright star. You can also use the infinity setting on your lens but do several test shots to see if it is accurate. It can be off a little on some lenses. You can also light it up with a flashlight, focus, then gently, without touching the focus ring, put the camera in manual focus so it will not search for the focus. Each time you move your camera to take your next angel, you would have to do this.

Camera Settings

ISO – Start with ISO 1600 – 3200. This is just a common starting point, and you will adjust from here.

Shutter Speed – Remember, the earth is rotating. If you leave the shutter open for too long, you will see star trails that will not make for a crisp image. We want crisp non-star trail images. Here is the formula to avoid star trails. The 500 rule – Divide 500 by the focal length of your lens. So, if you have a 24mm lens on a full-frame camera, you will set your shutter speed to 20 sec. (500/24 = 20.83). If you are using a crop sensor camera, first do the math of the crop sensor to find the focal length. Cannon is 1.6, and Nikon is 1.5. Convert to full-frame focal length, then use the formula. Nikon 18mm x 1.5= 27mm – 500/27 = 18.51 seconds.

Aperture – Depth of field isn’t critical in these shots, but letting the light into the camera is; therefore, you should shoot wide open. If the depth of field is essential to you, try not to go too high. (wide open =the lowest aperture your camera will allow). You will have to increase the ISO some, which will give you digital noise.

White balance suggestion: Use live view mode to change your white balance settings and see what it will look like. You can shoot in shade or cloud mode as a standard-setting and adjust things later.

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Gold King Mine & Ghost Town

 Address: 1000 Perkinsville Rd, Jerome AZ 86331
 Phone: 928-634-0053
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Where to stay when visiting the Gold King Mine & Ghost Town

The Ghost City Inn – See Full details and images at our Jerome Arizona Ghost Hunting Photography Page.

The Ghost City Inn – Stay nowhere but!! 541 Main Street (HWY 89A), Jerome, AZ 86331 • Toll-Free (888) 634-4678 • E-Mail • Reservations

•  Quiet  •  Cozy  •  Clean  •  Charming  •  Character  •  Captivating  •  Colorful

From the front veranda, you will witness the surrounding splendor of old Jerome, the Verde Valley nearly 2000 vertical feet below, and the breathtaking views of the terraced red rocks of Sedona. At night, these magnificent views melt away to be replaced by a lush tapestry of stars that one can only see when the “big city lights” are far, far away. Then watch the sunrise over the Verde Valley as you sip a cup of freshly brewed coffee, or simply lounge in your luxurious bed until breakfast is served.

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The Ghost City Inn Sign with cobwebs all around it.
FOOD & DINING

FOOD & DINING

Where to eat when visiting the Gold King Mine & Ghost Town

Add your Restaurant here! Do you want us to send our photography and ghost hunting friends to your restaurant after their ghost hunting trip? Put your restaurant information here. We will put a picture of your establishment, the website link, the phone number and your information on your restaurant to make it easy for our photographers and ghost hunters to find you. They are really good at getting there in the dark.

Would you like to be a featured restaurant like in this article? If so, please send us an email.  You will be surprised at how affordable our prices can be.

Local Restaurant/Food Information

We love the Haunted Hamburger!! Why? Because it is haunted! And a whole lot more. That is why we are advertising them for free.

HE HAUNTED HAMBURGER
410 Clark Street, Jerome, AZ 86331 • 928.634.0554 • On Scenic and Historic 89A
Hours: 11 am – 9 pm daily

WEATHER

 WEATHER?

 WEATHER INFORMATION 

Don’t forget that you can use a rain sleeve on your camera if it is raining. If it is bright and sunny, you want to use a low ISO such as 100.

If you are doing photography along with your ghost hunting on cloudy days, you can do running water or waterfall photography to avoid the glaring sun. You can also use an ND filter to get a long exposure for dramatic effects, even in the sunshine. If you ghost hunt indoors in abandoned places be careful!

Go to our Photography Store after reading all about waterfall photography or neutral density filters.

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Where to stay while visiting Gold King Mine & Ghost Town

Add your campground here! Do you want us to send our photography and ghost hunting friends to your campground to stay during their ghost hunting trip? Put your campground information here. We will put a picture of your establishment, the website link, the phone number and your information on your campground to make it easy for our photographers and ghost hunters to find you. They are really good at getting there in the dark.

Would you like to be featured in an article as a place to stay while doing photography or ghost hunting? If so, please send us an email.  You will be surprised at how affordable our prices can be.