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The Golden Rooster

The Golden Rooster
Made by Max Penn
206.3 troy ounces 18 karat solid gold 9.5 inches high The golden cock is enclosed in a transparent case but I was able to get a pretty good image of him. I have no doubt the hotel has him under camera surveillance from every angle. His home is the Nugget Hotel in Sparks, Nevada. Here is a transcription from the hotel's The Story of the Nugget's Golden Rooster.: It was May 1958. The Nugget was preparing to open a new restaurant, The Golden Rooster Room. But one question remained unanswered: what could be done to give specific identity to the new facility. The Nugget's other dining rooms had their own insignia, themes and menus and so should it be for the Golden Rooster Room. Management scheduled a think tank session and an idea was soon born: make a solid gold statue of a rooster, regal and beautiful; one that could be classified as a masterpiece of art, one that could be displayed and admired by all Nugget guests. Permission was quickly granted by the San Francisco Mint to make the Golden Rooster, Newman's Silver Shop of Reno and Shreve's of San Francisco were commissioned to fashion the objet d'art from a model created by sculptor - artist Frank Polk. Within four months the 18-karat gold statue was completed, transported under guard to Reno and placed in a custom made glass case near the entrance to the Golden Rooster Room. The beauty of the sculpture, the uniqueness of the work and its value as a precious metal combined to give the Rooster immediate status as a must see attraction for local residents as well as tourists. Seven months after being on exhibit, the Golden Rooster attracted the attention of the United States Treasury Department, with officials charging that the Nugget was in violation of the Gold Reserve Act which makes it unlawful for a private individual to have more than 50 ounces of gold in possession unless it is in the form of an object of art. The Rooster would have to be confiscated. The Nugget pleaded its case, informing Treasury representatives that permission had been granted through Shreve's by the U.S. Mint. Following verification of the facts by the Treasury, the matter was dropped for 18 months. In July 1960 the Nugget was again visited by officers of the Treasury, this time to present the Nugget with a complaint entitled United States of America vs. One Solid Gold Object in the Form of a Rooster. The Rooster was confiscated and would have to go to jail. the Nugget's attempt to put up bail was denied. After serving two years and after two trial postponements, the Golden Rooster was to have his day in court. The decision would center on one question: was the Golden Rooster an object of art. The Nugget contended the Rooster was a customary and artistic use of gold. The government disagreed. At a jury trial in march 1962 the government was unable to sway the testimony of art critics, all of whom agreed with the Nugget. And so did the jury of ten men and two women. The Rooster was freed. Newspapers and wire services throughout the nation carried the story. News headlines shouted: Solid Gold Bird Liberated. Amid much display of public approval, the Golden Rooster was returned to the Nugget and its special perch at the entrance to the Golden Rooster Room.

Final Shot

Final Shot
Made by BillyBobPics
Daily Shoot - The Last @dailyshoot Photograph It was the last day of @dailyshoot, and as usual I had no idea of what I was going to do. I took my camera with me to work at the restaurant in case I were to get any bright ideas there, but by the end of the night I had all but given up. That's when I saw the young lady bartender getting ready to pour the sax man a last drink. That's it! I thought to myself, A Final Shot! I grabbed my camera and ran around the bar motioning her to hold the pour. Meanwhile, the sax player looked at me with one eyebrow raised shaking his head. I got on my knees and pointed the macro lens at the glass... Now? she said. Just a sec, the auto focus isn't working in this dim light. Let me turn it off... Now? Just let me set my f-stop... Ready? Hmmm...this is gonna be a slow shutter speed. I better support the camera on the edge of the bar... Now? Okay, pour! The sax man got his shot...I got mine. Here's to all you Dailyshooters! Canon EOS 10D 50mm macro ISO 200 1/2 sec @ f2.5, hand held (bar-pod) ambient restaurant light. home made texture Processed in PSE9, finished in DPP

Jazz At Jazz

Jazz At Jazz
Made by BillyBobPics
A friend (and talented jazz trumpeter) came in the other night to sit in with the band. While he was playing I recalled a painting on the back wall of the balcony. At the end of the night I asked him if he wouldn't mind posing for a shot or two before he put his horn (and martini) away. One of the low voltage halogen track lights used for illuminating the wall art happened to be pointing toward the floor, so I had him stand underneath it. By chance, the location of the light provided a reasonable depth of field, and standing on a chair gave me the perspective you see here. It might have been nice to experiment with some different angles, but after just a few frames the spirits beckoned him away. Canon EOS 10D 50mm macro ISO 400 1/45 sec @ f/2.5, hand held ambient ceiling track lighting Processed in PSE9 and DPP (For best results view large on black.)

060/365 March 1, 2009

060/365 March 1, 2009
Made by laurenlemon
I hate the wind, it is the absolutely worst kind of weather. It was a cold, dark, wintery day in Reno today. A storm started quickly crawling over the mountains - which made my sister have to cut her visit short. I guess we're pretty used to letting the weather control our travels around here. The house I grew up in is completely empty right now. It's being prepped to become a rental home, so I went over there today with my camera. I guess maybe I took it for granted while I lived there, but it's a truly incredible home. This was taken in the back backyard - where it's basically just beautiful open desert. (This appeared in Flickr's Explore. March 2009)

Front Crook (Self-Portrait)

Front Crook (Self-Portrait)
Made by Sean 6
SELF-PORTRAIT. Taken in June 2010 but i never got around to posting it. This is a self-portrait of myself doing a Front Crook on a ledge in Sparks, Nevada. This one took upwards of 60 tries over the course of 30 minutes to get the timing right. No outside assistance, in fact i was alone. I used the 10 second self-timer and did it over and over until i got a good one. By the end i definitely had front crooks on lockdown. Strobist: LP160 near camera for on-axis fill (6 o'clock) LP120 @ 9 o'clock LP120 at 3 o'clock all bare

Troy Gray - Front Board

Troy Gray - Front Board
Made by Sean 6
Troy Gray front boarding on his way to shipping and receiving in Sparks, NV. Strobist: An LP-120 triggered via the built-in slave functon can be seen on the rock firing at 1/2 power. The LP-120 was set off by an old Achiever DZ-260 which was triggered via RPS studio triggers and was set on a loading dock camera left near the wall. I didnt have lightstands with me and only had 1 receiver so big ups to the LP-120 for its awesomeness!

11/52

11/52
Made by ScoutHoladay
I was gone at FFA State convention all week. Sorry it took me longer to get this up. Just for fun, My chapter Took third in Ag Issues (I was on the team) Took third in Ag Sales (I was on the team) Had one member take third high individual in Meat Judging Had one member take first with a gold emblem in Ag Sales Profiiency And Had one member, one of my closest friends, become the FFA Nevada State President It's kind of a big deal.

Troy Gray - Frontside Boardslide

Troy Gray - Frontside Boardslide
Made by Sean 6
Troy Gray front boarding a 7 in Sparks NV. Strobist: An LP-120 triggered via the built-in slave functon was set on the rock just out of frame firing at 1/2 power. The LP-120 was set off by an old Achiever DZ-260 which was triggered via RPS studio triggers and was set on some truck lifter that was about 3 feet tall camera left. I didnt have lightstands with me and only had 1 receiver so big ups to the LP-120 for its awesomeness!

Sparks, NV, tracks from The Nugget

Sparks, NV, tracks from The Nugget
Made by Christmas w/a K
This was the awesome industrial view from our 24th floor room at the Nugget just outside of Reno, NV. The Nugget was a very cool, old school casino hotel. Great people, great food. We stopped over here on our way to Portland, OR, from Los Angeles, CA, via Las Vegas, NV. Taken through the window, this is the real view we had, streaks and all.

Panorama The smoke from California

Panorama The smoke from California
Made by yodamon
18,000+ pixels. Zoom in and see smokey Nevada hills from the more than 1400 wild fires that are blazing in California. Large Size 18,000+ Orig Size

251/365 G is for Guano

251/365 G is for Guano
Made by Angie*Allen
Blogged Bats!! Yes, I was pooped on while taking this photo. It was so worth it! Taken under the McCarran street bridge just south of Glendale Avenue.

gm_03734 Duesenberg Collection at Harrah's Museum Sparks 1981

gm_03734 Duesenberg Collection at Harrah's Museum Sparks 1981
Made by CanadaGood
Harrah's Museum in Sparks Nevada (near Reno); a fabulous display of Duesenberg sedans. (I would also like to collect these but I am afraid that this is a hobby only for billionaires!) (This collection was sold and dispersed many years ago).

Wild Island Tilt Shift

Wild Island Tilt Shift
Made by richtpt
I was playing around with making fake Tilt Shift photos in Photoshop. It works best when you're looking down, so I thought these might work. Not great, but not bad for a first attempt. :) Here's the photo.

Panorama Sparks Nevada Marina 89434 USA May 2008

Panorama Sparks Nevada Marina 89434 USA May 2008
Made by yodamon
look at the original size. Large Size 20,000+ Orig Size

So... Whatyadoin?

So... Whatyadoin?
Made by JeramieLu.com
I thought of this idea one day and wanted to get it done. I had no string and just some cans of greenbeans... so took to paper off and pulled off an old shoelace. Here ya go. I love it.

Fifty Fifty - Troy Gray

Fifty Fifty - Troy Gray
Made by Sean 6
LP120 bare camera left directly in front of subject, Achiever DZ260 camera left also but more near me. Troy got this 50-50 twice a few weeks ago so we went back to get a photo.

self portrait

self portrait
Made by Kevin Dyer
here is a photo of me being gothic strobist: sb600 at 1/10 power at camera left shot through a softbox www.kevindyer.net

waiting for the "45 minute digestion period" to be over

waiting for the "45 minute digestion period" to be over
Made by chicadecasa
They were taking a bit of a rest after having eaten our loaf of bread. The mama duck wouldn't let her ducklings anywhere near the water for about a half hour after that.

and once again i turn to you

and once again i turn to you
Made by no name slob
I know this looks almost identical to ....but....it's not. And anyhow, you can never have too many Moz marquees in your life. It's been proven.

103/365 April 13, 2009

103/365 April 13, 2009
Made by laurenlemon
I'm . School is overwhelming, work is crazy, and I've got some major spring cleaning to take care of. (Explored! April 2009. Woo!)



Nearest places of interest:

Lincoln Park Elementary School
Interstate 80 Interchange 19
The Famous Sierra Sids Truckstop & Casino
Marina Village Apartments
  Shadow Mountain Sports Complex
Reed High School
Wildcreek Golf Course
Sun Valley, Nevada

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