Mojave Dinosaurs: Concrete Sculpture Ruins in the Desert

These crumbling concrete dinosaurs were built in the early 1970's in a small Mojave Desert town. The creator originally wanted to make a miniature golf course. There are five panoramas in the virtual tour. These panos were shot using a Nodal Ninja R1 on a carbon fiber pole.

 

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Boron AFS: 360 Night Tour of an Abandoned Mojave Desert Military Base & Prison

Dead Inside: Signs of military training exercises at the abandoned Boron AFS & prison in the Mojave Desert

Dead Inside: Signs of military training exercises at the abandoned Boron AFS & prison in the Mojave Desert

Boron Air Force Station was built in 1952 as part of the Air Defense Command radar network. The base was decommissioned in 1975, and turned into a Federal prison from 1979-2000. The radome is still used by the FAA.

Boron AFS is located on Highway 395 just north of Kramer Junction in the Mojave Desert. I've visited the abandoned base a few times over the years in the daylight. There were cameras and warning signs, and once I was politely asked to leave by security only 10 minutes after arriving.

Last year I heard the security was more lax, and returned with a couple of friends during the full moon. I spent two long nights shooting 360 panoramas of the base, and the clouds were amazing.

After the trip, I stitched about half of the panoramas, and then put the project on the back burner. Over the last month I finally had the time to finish the 25 panorama night tour of Boron AFS

Creating the tour involved countless hours of stitching sand and rocks, healing tripod shadows, puppet warping contrails, and tweaking xml. Good times!

After opening the Boron tour, hold down your left mouse button to look around. Click on the arrows to move to other nearby panos. You can also navigate via:

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360 Panorama Portfolio Update

All of the virtual tours on my 360 Panorama page have been updated with a new look. You'll see night photos of car and airplane junkyards, a weird hotel, abandoned buildings, old neon signs, and Nevada's amazing International Car Forest.

If you're viewing the panoramas on a desktop, you'll fly down into the scene. Then hold down your mouse button and take a look around! The arrows or thumbnails will take you to the next panorama. You can also right click and select Little Planet View to transform the look of each pano.

If you're viewing the tours on an iPhone or iPad, hit the gyroscope button and then move your device to explore the pano. Works great with an iPad in an office chair.

Gyroscope for iPhone or Ipad 360s

I hope you enjoy the new, smoother, more responsive 360 panorama viewing experience!

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Valley Junkyard 360 Night Panorama: Windshields, weeds, and moonlight

The full moon shines through racks full of windshields, and spring rains have created a junkyard weed garden. Fly on in to the interactive version of this 360 night panorama. Follow the arrows or use the thumbnails to tour the rest of this amazing junkyard.

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360 Night Panorama: Trailer, Hubcaps, Windshields, etc.

Trailer, Hubcaps, Windshields, etc.  - by Joe Reifer

Trailer, Hubcaps, Windshields, etc.  - by Joe Reifer

We continued to explore more of the amazing photographic terrain of the Valley Junkyard during this month's night photography workshop. One night we had some really great clouds, and I shot a few 360 panoramas. The old trailer, piles of hubcaps, and rows of windshields on racks made for interesting subject material. Clicking the image above will take you to an interactive version of the panorama.

Update: This 12 panorama junkyard tour starts just down the row in the window racks. Use the arrows or thumbnails to take a 360 degree night tour of the yard!

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