By Vicki Uth

At the end of April, my friend and fellow photographer Amy Horn and I grabbed our cameras, donned masks,  and drove separately 30 minutes west of Flagstaff to photograph downtown, Williams. It was a great time to shoot as the town was largely closed down and the throngs of tourists were safely staying at home. All of the Route 66 signs and buildings were still there.

We played a game we had done once before in Jerome, Arizona. We walked the same street, shot some of the same scenes that caught our eye, and compared notes. It is truly remarkable how different a location looks through a different lens. Of course, this was all accomplished while staying six feet apart.

I’m going to share some of the images we took on that day.

Olympus OMD1 Mark III, 1/640, f/7.1, ISO 20

On the way into town, we came across an abandoned building. We were both struck by the colorful tulips. In one direction was a great old abandoned building. In the other a great old abandoned house.

Below are the windows from the street side of the old house.

Olympus OMD1 Mark III, 1/2500, f/4, ISO 200
Olympus OMD1 Mark III, 1/500, f/4, ISO 200

The abandoned building had some great textures and colors in the wood siding that we were both drawn to.

Williams has a main street that is all about Route 66, the Mother Road. Many of the signs and buildings here date back to the 1950s.

Olympus OMD1 Mark III, 1/320, f/5.6, ISO 200

From here, our interests shifted. I love repeating patterns, Amy found a great storefront window.

Olympus OMD1 Mark III, 1/200, f/5.6, ISO 200

And that was our Pandemic photoshoot in Williams. Stay safe out there, wear masks when around people,  keep that six-foot distance, and hopefully in the not too distant future Amy and I will see you on an Arizona Highways PhotoScapes workshop!

Happy shooting and stay safe out there!!

P.S. – Amy shot with the Olympus (as marked). I shot with the Lumix GX-8, 28-150mm lens.

Vicki Uthe is a Photo Guide with Arizona Highways PhotoScapes