“Kill Bill” Church: Next To Nowhere, Mojave Desert (from Quentin Tarantino’s movie)


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The “Kill Bill” Church from Quentin Tarantino’s movie, featured in a scene where Bill had attempted to dispatch Uma Thurman’s character in a bloody hail of gunfire.

Aren’t most of us intrigued by those desolate, hopeless desert scenes we see, thinking, “Where is that?” It conjures up different worlds. And true to form, the “Kill Bill” Church was desolate, nearby to nowhere.

The church was also featured in “True Confessions” with Robert DeNiro, a movie based loosely on the Black Dahlia murders.

By the time I got over there, driving from Trona Pinnacles where I had been taking photos of the Milky Way all night, the sun was just starting to rise. I would I knew I had very little time before I would not be able to get a night photo, so I worked quickly.

And I had other concerns. As I pulled up, I noted the very bright single porch light. I had been hoping that there would be no lights on the church. This would make light painting the church very tricky, having to equalize the light with the flashlights on the rest of the church and surrounding area that I wanted illuminated or the harsh contrast would make it so only the porch would appear, with everything else dark. It’d be a pretty good technical challenge.  And these things take time.  About thirty seconds, in fact.

f/11, 30 seconds, ISO 100.

Equipment:  Nikon D7000, Tokina AT-X 116, Feisol tripod.

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