Joshua Tree Cholla Cactus Garden at Night

The Cholla Cactus Garden in Joshua Tree National Park is a great place to view a dense grove of cacti. The 1/4 mile hike is right off Pinto Basin Road in the southern end of the park. David and I visited the garden under an almost full moon, and were the only ones there. I setup my tripod to take a panorama next to some cholla that were quite tall. The anthropomorphic cacti swayed in the wind under the moonlight.

Click below to view 3 night panoramas from the Cholla Cactus Garden.

Technical Details: Nikon D750 with Samyang 12mm fisheye lens, Sirui N-2204X carbon fiber tripod, Nodal Ninja R1 panohead. 6 shots around at an angle, and 1 down shot (nadir). Processed in Lightroom, stitched in PTGui Pro, output in krpano.

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West Kern Oil Museum, Taft, California

The West Kern Oil Museum is located on Highway 33 in Taft, California. The museum looks small from the roadside, but houses an extensive series of exhibits that trace the history of oil in Kern County from Native Americans’ use to modern day drilling.

I visited the museum last Thursday, and was the only one there in the afternoon. A very friendly and knowledgeable volunteer named Dennis answered my questions, gave me a tour, and even stayed a bit late so I could take some more photos. The images below focus on the exhibits. There is also a small collection of vintage cars, old trucks, and oil rigs from a number of eras on the property. The West Kern Oil Museum is highly recommended for those interested in California history.

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SLO Railroad Museum - Central Coast Model Railroad

Prescription-strength cow

Prescription-strength cow

The San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum is building a 1200 square foot Central Coast Model Railroad. If you are visiting SLO on a Saturday, the museum is open from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., and admission is $3 for adults. I enjoyed seeing the work in progress on the model railroad that depicts actual scenes in the SLO area.

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Radwood 2017: Celebrating 80's and 90's Car Culture

The Radwood 2017 car show was held yesterday in Brisbane, along the water just south of San Francisco. Radwood is a celebration of 80's and 90's car culture. Attendees were encouraged to bring period correct cars, and also wear 80's or 90's clothing. The event was low key, the setting was great, and there were some hilarious outfits. My favorite costume was a guy dressed as an 80's business man with a giant cell phone who arrived in a really nice Subaru SVX. He was handing out cans of Tab and Fresca. I hope the Radwood organizers do this show again next year!

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Pier 24: The Grain of the Present Photography Exhibit Time-Lapse Video

Pier 24's 9th exhibition features the work of 10 photographers at the core of the Pilara Foundation collection: Robert Adams, Diane Arbus, Lewis Baltz, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Lee Friedlander, Nicholas Nixon, Stephen Shore, Henry Wessel, and Garry Winogrand. These photographers appeared in one of two landmark exhibitions: New Documents (1967) or New Topographics (1975).

Six additional contemporary photographers are also featuerd: Eamonn Doyle, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Ed Panar, Alec Soth, Awoiska van der Molen, and Vanessa Winship. Schedule your free visit to San Francisco's Pier 24.

Time-lapse technical details: Go-Pro knock-off mounted on a shoestring around my neck. One photo every 2 seconds. Images processed in Lightroom. Time-lapse assembled at 10 fps in Photoshop. Freeze frames, titles, and music added in iMovie. View additional time-lapse videos from Pier 24.

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Mare Island Cranes Full Moon 360 Panorama

A 360 night panorama of cranes in front of the dry dock at Mare Island Naval Shipyard

A 360 night panorama of cranes in front of the dry dock at Mare Island Naval Shipyard

At last night's Nocturnes full moon alumni event on Mare Island, two large cranes were positioned in front of the dry dock. Click the image above to see the interactive 360 panorama shot in the historic core area of the Mare Island Naval Shipyard.

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Swiss Rock: A 360 Panorama of Madonna Inn Room 135

Madonna Inn Room #135 - Swiss Rock

Madonna Inn Room #135 - Swiss Rock

This 360 panorama shows room #135 at the Madonna Inn, better known as Swiss Rock. Alex Madonna was Swiss, and the Madonna Inn features a few rock rooms with stones gathered from the surrounding farmland. You can also view 3 additional rooms in the 360 tour including Misty Rock, Rock Bottom, and What's Left.

Technical Details: This 360 panorama is composed of 6 shots around and 1 shot down using a Nikon D750 with a Samyang 12mm fisheye lens. I used a Nodal Ninja R1 panoramic head on a Sirui N-2204X carbon tripod. Five shots were taken at each camera position, 2 stops apart. The resulting images were processed in Lightroom, blended in Photomatix Pro, stitched in PTGui Pro, finalized in Photoshop, and output using krpano.

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