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: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009CLGAAM/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i02?ie=UTF8&psc=1 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!