The ghost town of Amboy was once a major stop along Route 66 until Interstate 40 was opened. The city only has 10 remaining buildings, Roy's gas station and motel cafe being the biggest landmarks. You can stop in for a Root Beer and wander through some of the abandoned hotel rooms with art installations.
Alabama Hills is right off highway 395 near the city of Lone Pine. It's a gorgeous stark contrast to the Sierras just beyond it in the landscape. Large sand colored boulders and desert heat beneath the largest snow-capped mountains of California.
Sunset is my absolute favorite time to take photos. The light falls so softly, making everything feel warm and glowing. Shooting into the direct sun can be difficult, I tend to continually play with the exposure to get some moody lens flares or the perfect silhouette.