9 Days Shooting RAW Panoramas In The Eastern Sierra

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by Jefenator, Oct 11, 2013.

  1. Jefenator

    Jefenator TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Nov 23, 2012
    Oregon, USA
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    Lake Tahoe by Jeff Addicott, on Flickr

    First Glimpse of Sierra Nevada by Jeff Addicott, on Flickr

    I invested in this panning clamp for doing panoramic shots:
    It was a huge help for getting nice, straight horizons and getting the frames to line up smoothly.

    Bodie Stamp Mill by Jeff Addicott, on Flickr

    Sierra Nevada Panorama by Jeff Addicott, on Flickr

    I shot some panoramas like the one above, handheld. As nifty as that panning clamp is to have, in a pinch I could use the NEX-7's built-in level (on both axes) and the frames seemed to line up pretty well.

    I don't use the camera's panorama mode anymore. I like shooting RAW in Manual and doing the stitching in Photoshop. I have yet to spot a single stitching "glitch" like I used to get in-camera. (You do have to watch out for vignetting, though - helps to stop down and check the vignetting correction option in Photoshop.)

    Check these out at full resolution on Flickr if you dare!

    Devil's Postpile by Jeff Addicott, on Flickr

    This was two frames stitched together vertically.

    Pine Creek Trail by Jeff Addicott, on Flickr

    I was lucky enough to catch the aspens turning.

    Turning Aspen Study by Jeff Addicott, on Flickr

    Mt Tom and Wheeler Ridge by Jeff Addicott, on Flickr

    Mt. Tom and Wheeler Ridge, outside of Bishop, CA. Bishop is kind of the center of it all but it's pretty hard to go wrong, anywhere between Lone Pine and Bridgeport on Highway 395.

    (If you're in Bishop, you should take just a quick break from the great outdoors and poke your head in at Mountain Light gallery - Galen & Barbara Rowell's old home base. Many dozens of absolutely jaw-dropping photos on display. It certainly humbled me...)

    Bristlecone by Jeff Addicott, on Flickr

    Not technically the Sierra Nevada range, but I can't recommend the Bristlecone Pine Forest (in the adjacent White Mountains) highly enough.

    If the ancient trees don't win you over, perhaps the views back across the valley will:

    Sierra Nevada Range Panorama by Jeff Addicott, on Flickr

    Another nice thing about doing panoramas manually is, you can go as wide as you please. 180º, 360º, go around twice if you want to! ;)

    Onion Valley Aspens by Jeff Addicott, on Flickr

    More turning aspens. If you're going to hike much, learn from my mistake. Have maps. (And be in shape!)

    Mt Whitney by Jeff Addicott, on Flickr

    Alabama Hills by Jeff Addicott, on Flickr

    If you're at all into old Western movies, Lone Pine is a real playground. You can poke through the Alabama Hills and find the exact location of your favorite scenes. Be sure to visit the film museum as well.

    Sunrise in BIshop by Jeff Addicott, on Flickr

    My last morning in Bishop. I got to know the area a bit better but I've still got a lot of location scouting (and cloud stalking) to do.

    Hills Above Bishop by Jeff Addicott, on Flickr

    Well, that's about it. Thanks for tagging along! :)
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  2. Bimjo

    Bimjo Super Moderator

    Oct 28, 2011
    Washington State
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    Awesome shots, looks like you had a really good time.
  3. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
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    What a fantastic set of photos!!!
    Most of the panos' are great and from the non-panoramas my favs are "Lake Tahoe", "Turning Aspen Study", "Mt Whitney" :thumbup:

    Nice work ;)
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  4. claude

    claude TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Jan 13, 2013
    Ottawa Canada
    Great set! You got to love it when you're in a beautiful place with a good camera and some time to play with it all.
  5. TonyTurley

    TonyTurley TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Apr 24, 2013
    West Virginia, USA
    Great pics, Jeff.

  6. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
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    Wow! You captured some fantastic scenery there, Jeff. And your patience in setting up the panoramas really paid off! I love that part of the country, and can't wait to get back there. But I've never been lucky enough to be there when the aspens turn. Well done!

    (BTW, my avatar photo was taken in the Alabama Hills, with Whitney peeking through the arch.)
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  7. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
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    Wow, that's a lot of beautiful shots.
  8. Jefenator

    Jefenator TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Nov 23, 2012
    Oregon, USA
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    Thanks, all!

    You'd be surprised how quickly the panoramas go. I do the leveling with my tripod head (my Manfrotto 410 geared head is a pleasure to work with for that - the bullseye level is even accurate). Then I focus, expose and take my sweep. Composition is not so critical because I know I'm going to be trimming a lot away in post. Choosing the right lens is a big deal, and of course you have to decide how much of a sweep you want to do.

    Dave, I missed out on that arch action! (A dust storm caused me to leave Lone Pine earlier than planned, but I'll definitely be back!) Apparently there are many arches in those hills...
  9. toddlange1

    toddlange1 TalkEmount Regular

    Dec 22, 2012
    Eagan, MN, USA
    Wow, really nice shots! I was just up in Onion Valley this summer doing some hiking and photography.
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  10. Selten

    Selten TalkEmount Regular

    Oct 22, 2012
    Rhineland, Germany
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    makes me wish I could go there! Great photos :)