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Community News Pahrunlp Valley Gazette, Thursday, January 30, 1997 29 / I II In pursuit of solar shadows Business is great! Some folks in Japan called and they want some photographs of the desert right away quick. Got to look hot. Got to look dry. Got to look like the Mojave Desert in August. Easy job, good pay, I've got it made. Rain, snow and rain and clouds and fog and rain and drizzle and wet and altogether day after day of cloudy. Maybe the nice fellows in Japan would settle for some nice misty pictures of Oregon. Even the weather isn't an acceptable excuse for failure. I've got it to clouds drift over us and as the gloom again descends, the sun shines on the spot we just left. The agony of frustration. The sun will not cooperate. The clouds are conspiring against us. Without sunlight we can't have shadows on the dunes, Shadows are needed to make the dunes look hot dry and mysterious. So far it looks a lot like Seattle. We watch the ground carefully. We barely cast a shadow. We must have sun and shadow for the picture. Tough luck. do, all I have to figure out is how, Time's running out and Sunday is the last shot I have at getting the photos. IfI fail, I not I only miss out on a nice bit of - change, I get known as a fellow who can't. Not good at all. A story board is a series of sketches of what the director wants to film. It's sort of a rough visual script. This particular story board features sand dunes and an old man dressed in white staggering across the sand. Not only do I need pictures of the dunes, I' ve got to include an old fellow perishing from the heat. There must be a less stressful way of paying the rent. Of course to keep it interesting, it's Super Bowl Sunday and not many want to miss the game. I finally line up a sharp yottng high school student, Jesse Camacho. Jesse has certain motorcycle and pick up truck projects that keep him finan- cially ambitious. I locate some white clothes for Jesse to wear and trade my neighbor out of a day's use of his oldest western hat. I set a time of 6a.m. to pick up young Jesse and load up the big camera All night I keep checking the sky. Finally at 4a.m. I can see stars. A short burst of foolish expectation followed by instant disappointment as it starts to rain again. 6a.m. Pick up Jesse and it's cloudy and misty. Use the windshield wipers driving out to the sand dunes. Not a happy time. 7a.m. Sunrise, only it doesn't. We cruise through the dunes picking the just right spot and waiting for the clouds to ' ' "t pan. They don t. A bl of blue sky starts to peek through the gloom, but not over us. Sun shines on the dunes a half a mile away. We chase over to where the sun is shining and the In The Thermometer's Shadow by Mike Dougherty More clouds. An occasional promise of clearing, but the freshening wind drives even more clouds over the ascend- ing solar orb. No sun, no shad- ows, no pictures. Drive like a fool trying to chase little patches of sun and shadow flee- ing across the drifting sand. This is not a productive en- deavor. We are prepared to wait all day for a bit of clearing. We have food and drink, but it doesn't shape up to be a terrifically exciting day waiting for the sun to peer out from behind the clouds. Hey, lookey there! The car is casting a nice sharp shadow on the sand. It's time to go to work. Young Jesse slaps on the salty old cowboy hat as I load the camera. I holler directions at him and start cranking away. This is looking very good. The sun rises from behind a great black cloud and the desert comes alive with light and shadow. Jesse looks great in the view finder and the shadows twist along the edges of the dunes in an eerie dance of light and dark. Some kind of beautiful. One roll shot. Change locations and shoot again. Jesse is great, he follows direction just fine and doesn't ask any dumb questions. The light is amazing. A golden glow seems to rise off of the moist sand. Even though the sand is wet, the sharp breezes create little skirts of sand that race across the dunes like wind through summer wheat. More film. Change location. Shoot again and again. A final roll shot and we take a short cut through the dunes to find Lots of things happening in Amargosa Valley The 8th and 9th of February there will be a would like to talk to her, call and make an Swap Meet, Potluck and Bingo for the whole appointment. There is no charge for this community. The swap meet will be from 8a.m. service. I will have more information on this Around Amargosa 1{ with Andrea ]  For More Information: Call (702) 372-5459 next week. Amargosa Middle School basketball team played in ,Indian Springs over the weekend. Once again the girls team won. It was Robin Peterson's last game and she was given the game ball with everyone's signatures. She and her brother James have moved back to Pahrump. Good luck to them both! to 2p.m. each day with the potluck and bingo begin- ning at 2p.m. Ev- erything will be held at the com- munity center. Contact Morn at Morns Place to reserve a table for the swap meet. They are $10 each for both days. A psychiatrist will be coming to the Amargosa Clinic two days a week. If you .| Q Jacob Henn There's never been a better time to come into your neighborhood Saturn Ret?ilerrStdisetshte all new line of 1997: Saturn vehicles. Speclal, p .'-. . , pension system, dent resistant bogy. panels an,fl aoual ovemeao_cam performance engine have laelpeo make baturn one ol the top selling au'omobiles m America. Come enjoy the Saturn experience. You'll neyer haggle over price. . ,what you see. is mepmce ol the vehicle. No Pipe. no pressure, oust courteous Knowieogeaoie, ano iriendIy sales, eo le P P Please speak with me personally. You'll find complete satisfaction is my.only goal. SUUIINf II $10,450' / "A.C.  CAfE'FFE _J_J ___ 5325 WEST SAHARA 252-8900 SATU1N ............. *PIw t4tx, tramportathm and deale Prep. ..... A._ ........ dl ............................. Ii J the way out. Oops. What a sight. Can't let that get away. More film, more photos, more Jesse walking in the sand. Fantastic stuff. The sun, The sun ducks back behind the lowering clouds. Gloom again descends on the Dumont Sand Dunes. As we head back towards the blacktop, rain again begins to speckle the windshield. We got it done. Some of the most beautiful dune pictures ever. They'll be in Los Angeles Monday and then transmitted to Tokyo Monday evening. Pretty fancy stuff for a couple of country boys bouncing through the desert taking pictures. Young Jesse is a fairly smart young fellow. I kept telling him we were lucky, but he wasn't buying any of that. He figured out all by himself that them folks that start work an hour before sunrise usually are the people that get lucky. 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