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  1. SteveHazard

    Did a killer hide here? Nadeau Magnola Mining Camp.

    Ha. Yeah she adds some pretty funny commentary at times.
  2. OK cool. So they're using blanks in training or are those from some type of simunation ammo of some sort? You can definitely see the expanded crimps that wouldn't be standard ball or anything that was fired.
  3. Wonder what the story is with all the spent blanks and links are? Something filmed there at one time?
  4. SteveHazard

    This forum is dead.

    That sounds brutal. When I was a kid we lived in Topanga (close to Malibu) and a fire in the 90's burned pretty much up to a couple 100 feet from our home, friends burned to the ground (fortunately it was a POS anyways), two people up the road where it started were killed. We were able to sneak back in though a back service road at night to get back to the animals and help defend our area. On the off road way back in I could see flames in the distance, then looking at a familiar set of rocks next to the flames and realizing the flames were probably 150-200 feet tall. Unbelievably hellish looking scene that was both frighting but amazing. I remember the next day after it swept though and many things were still burning one of the guys that lived up the side street had just gotten back to find his home in ruins but it was his dogs that didn't make it. The neighbor had tried to save them but it was too late. He actually heard them trapped before before the fire got them completely. These huge fires over the last year make that one seem like nothing. I thought that was a huge devastating fire at the time, I think it was only 18K acres. We had what? Millions of acres and hundreds of people killed from fires in the last 18 months alone? Can't even imagine coming back to that or having to help search for dozens of charred remains. By the way the hill on the backside of the house we were did not burn that year. At the time it was so thick I as a little kid couldn't climb though the brush. Back then the last time it had burned I think was 60 or 70 years prior. It's still hasn't.
  5. Couple days ago on our way back home we took a side trip to check out this old mining camp. Pretty cool, more stuff on the grounds then I expected, cabin was built pretty well but has been stripped bare and has no glass which is really unfortunate. Back in 2015 there was a manhunt for a suspected kidnapper and murder that evaded law enforcement for weeks. He met his end at the hands of sheriffs deputies not too far from this location. I believe there is a good chance that he may of used the mines in the area to keep cool in the summer and hide over the 80+ miles he traveled. There were probably dozens of places he used to hide. Would make an interesting series. Not sure how to go about researching some of the stuff more.
  6. I am still trying to figure audio out somewhat. With my gopro I first used it with that stupid case which I learned unless it was in the water you should never use it as it muffles audio and amplifies any contact sound from holding it or brushing up against things. So then I used the cam in a skeleton case which improved audio a ton but wasn't great and still picked up a lot of wind noise. I then added a Movo GM100 with a foam wind cover this improved the sound a little more, decreased wind noise more. But for some reason I will get crackling sounds on occasion. It occurs most often during heavy wind gusts but also have gotten it hard mounted inside the truck going fast down a dirt road. I'm not sure if it is something from wind or a connection issue and if it is a connection issue where the problem may be. Camera, adapter, or mic? The panning and camera work absolutely takes a lot of practice. It takes time just using the gear, reviewing what it looks like, etc to find out the different little nuances of how everything works. Finding out what setups work and which don't.
  7. SteveHazard

    Mojave Mines and Cabins

    I wonder if the noise of a cordless angle grinder would harm the actual bats?
  8. SteveHazard

    Mojave Mines and Cabins

    I would of gone down the road if my daughter had not been with me or had she not seen the huge sign. Problem was she see's this giant stop sign with a plastic jersey barrier in the middle of the road and in her mind assumes that there must be some danger or we will get ticketed (her grandmother got a ticket recently for being in a burnt area). I was 95% sure the closure was because or rain... which had been at least several days or more prior so it would not be over the road anymore. And if it was you just turn around. And that's usually what signs they have up: When flooded Turn Around Dont Drown. I tried to explain that the government was shutdown, the workers are furloughed, and wouldn't be here to give tickets and also why the closure was most likely not removed and still there. But she's only 10 and didn't quite get or trust what I was saying and there always was the chance the signs were legitimate and there was some sort of washout 10 or 15 miles up... which would of sucked. So I altered course to an area I had a good idea of how to get to and had a chance of enough reception for the map to work. There are not as many alternate routes down there as you'd think. Trying to cross the train tracks that run down the middle of the area for example. There are not very many places to cross the tracks and fewer places to fit under... assuming your vehicle has the right combination of ground clearance to not get high centered on the ruts that have been dug and low enough overall height to fit under. Those stupid bat bars.... couple things about those that piss me off. The second and third mines that had bars on them looked to be some of the more stable mines I've seen. The amount of money and time spent to do all this. And it's not just the tunnel mines but all sorts of inclines, vertical shafts, and vents. Some of the "structures" they placed over a few vertical shafts are massive steel monsters that are 25'x 25' or bigger. They spend who knows how much on this junk but won't spend a dime to maintain the wildlife guzzlers but what's worse is they won't let volunteers spend their own money and labor to fix many of them either. I personally feel the bat bars are a different type of vandalism. Went to another mine camp today that was on BLM. The cabin needs some help that it hasn't gotten in a long time but BLM had made a trail and a sign that directed you to where the mine was. The mine entrance stepped into a winze with a timbered floor with some partial failing support timbers above. There was a big sign that said danger but otherwise you were free to go up to it and access the risk yourself. With the little one again so I didn't go in this one but nice to come across one that had not been infected with the safety police mentality.
  9. SteveHazard

    Mojave Mines and Cabins

    Daughter and I try to sneak out and explore places out in the Mojave to or from visiting family in Vegas and this last time was no exception. Had actually intended to go to a different part of the preserve that I believe less known but the park service had road closed stuff up even though I pretty sure it was fine. I know Bob and crew have been to some of the buildings here. The big cabin had people there so we didn't get to check it out. Checked out the Evening Star mine remains and what we could peak at though the bat bars... disappointing to see so many of those. But we did find a couple mines that did not have them. We were unfortunately short on time and memory on my phone and didn't really get to go though some of the buildings in the detail I would of liked. First lazy attempt using photoshop for the thumbnail so let me know what you think. I tried to make the intro edited interesting. This one my daughter wanted on her channel, there is also another place from the Mojave on her channel and a NIKE missile site if you want to check those out.
  10. SteveHazard

    2019 Western Desert Collab Project?

    I've been out to a good number of the areas out here already and I know Bob has been too but the Mojave might be a good place for a meet. A lot of different places to check out with a big mix of road and hiking skill levels to get to different places as well as plenty of natural cool places as well. If you can snag them there is an area with 2 nice volunteer cabins. Disadvantage is a large portion is run by the Nanny Park Service and a decent number of the mines have bat bars etc. Encountered a good number of them yesterday, but then I also found some that were open. Wanted to go deeper in one but had my daughter with me and she strongly objected to the idea of crossing a winze on the existing timbers. Death Valley and the Inyo range has cool places but some of the roads up there are about as serious as they come as are some of the trails/or lack of to get to some of these places. Less experience up there myself so I'm not sure how close or far some of the different places really are from each other.
  11. SteveHazard

    Youtube taking views away from videos

    There have been stories of advertising scams so it wouldn't surprise me if one of the ways they try to mask what they are doing is to put fake views on channels they would not be benefiting from themselves. It also wouldn't surprise me if youtube is screwing things either. If they culled spam accounts I don't think it would matter if any of them are subs or not but if any of them were viewers. I do think it is weird for a smaller vid lose over 50% of it's views. I've only ever noticed very small negative view counts occur to me but then again my channel is not eligible for moneitization those sorts of adjustments would not benefit the content overlords. Personally I do not understand the wizardry of the youtube algorithms and what or why they decided to promote or suppress the things they do. It certainly does not seem to be quality of a vid. My hunting videos for example. The oldest (and worst) has by far the most views, for whatever reason youtube is suggesting this vid of mine more so then others. Then one of my other hunting vids only has less then 300 views. Short little montage of some of the shots that came out better, etc. I'm not sure what youtube dislikes against this vid compared to others but there is something it does not like about this one as it is suppressed. Wild guess is that it is less then a minute and that may be the reason. Why do some vids take off as opposed to others is a mystery. Some of the vids that "take off" are not exceptionally special or great so not sure what does it.
  12. To be honest I have noticed some of your newer vids seem to pan faster and not be as smooth as some of your previous vids. I'm guessing these are the camcorder shots as opposed to the DSLR on a steady cam? Probably more to do with the fact that the bulk of the DSLR setup forces slower movement and the smaller cams are easier to get excited about where your at and just whip it around sometimes. Some of the coolest places I've been too I think I've just been more excited about what I was seeing and didn't even take the time to pop my phone into the action/selfie stick to grab a little bit more control that offers. I find the extra little bulk and length of an action stick helps control panning, stabilize your movements a little bit. The stick allows you to extend it and raise the cam up to places you can't get to, stick under things, get different angles, and often I'll use it to place the camera in VERY dangerous situations I would not be able to otherwise like right next to a rattlesnake or over an unstable mine shaft. Personal I would never attempt to bring a DSLR to more then half the places I end up taking vids at and if I had tried it may of even been something that dissuaded me from going as I couldn't bring a setup like that or be afraid of dropping it. So I think the switch to a more simple and portable setup is probably the right move for explores. That said my current setup is pretty sad. I'm using my S6 phone which has a lot going against it. No EIS. No SD card slot. And most annoying of all the USB jack has stopped working so I have to charge and transfer everything wirelessly. The net result is I never have enough memory or battery to take all the footage I'd like and end up rushing a lot of stuff. Did that the other day. I have my Gopro Hero3+ as a backup but it's really not good for explores. The new gopros are good enough and have features that would be useful in explore vids but with the old one every time I switch all I'm doing is getting worse color and light collection in too wide of an angle. I've been wanting to upgrade my phone but also recently considering if maybe a camcorder would be better. Sound I'm still trying to figure out... so far I have found out how to get decent sound some of the time. But get crackling sometimes that sounds like maybe a poor connection but notice it in wind???
  13. I was thinking more like the channels that are Exploring and then something more specific like Exploring Mines... or what ever it is for example. I know Frank that has Exploring Abandoned Mines and Unusual Places expressed burn out of just doing mines for so long in a few of his vids. I wonder if him getting bored with it to a degree is what prompted him to start moving chains, speakers in stopes, etc.
  14. I kind of feel like some of you with "explore" in the channel name have done that.
  15. SteveHazard

    Prospecting for Denim In Old Mines

    As far as stuff is concerned at the different abandoned places we come across I think it's a judgement call as what to do. I could care less if somebody removed some old jeans from a mine as I view that sort of thing as trash and not necessary something directly related to the site and workings like rails and equipment would be. If somebody turns a profit from some old jeans then more power to them I suppose. Also the reality of some of these places is that they will be gone. Mines collapse, places will burn down, etc. Some places I feel things should be left, maintained, repaired, protected, etc others are really far gone and have little time left. The default action is not to do much to a site. But in respecting a site it can involve doing other things as well. I've opened, closed, locked, unlocked, cleaned, left, taken, dug, moved, fixed, etc because I thought it would help. My daughter and I have taken, moved, left, setup a few trivial or trash items because we have felt they would trip the next person out who came across them. The mines in alpine i went up to had a father and daughter taking a big piece of lumber from what was left over of something. Initially I thought well that's kind of crappy but I also then thought how flattened and destroyed everything was after being subjected to years of snowy winters. Would that piece of lumber now live on as something else. So far I've not come across anything I thought had enough value where I thought it was worth considering or thought if I don't grab that the next person will.
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