360 night panorama between the lifts at the abandoned ski resort
This virtual night tour of an abandoned ski resort in the Lake Tahoe area has four 360º panoramas. Use the button on the bottom right to go full screen, and enjoy exploring under the full moon.
Abandoned ski resort 360 night panorama — by Joe Reifer
During the supermoon I photographed an abandoned ski resort in the Lake Tahoe area. While we were scouting the location, photographer David Dasinger mentioned that he’d seen a 360 pano with reasonably long star trails. The full moon 360 night panos I’ve been shooting have typically been four exposures of 90 seconds, in order to keep the stars and shadows aligned when stitching. As an experiment, I shot a 360 night pano with four 6-minute exposures. The longer star trails stitched perfectly in PTGui. The ground required a little bit of extra retouching because the tree shadows moved during the long exposures. Other than that, I’m excited to report that it IS possible to have longer star trails in a 360 panorama.
Use the button on the bottom right to go full screen, and you’ll see the stars circle around Polaris over the wood house. The star trails are diagonal to the east and west, and almost horizontal to the south. Zoom in just to the right of the supermoon, and you’ll see our tents in the trees. More photos from this location soon.
Update 7/7/2013: Three additional panoramas have been added to create a virtual tour.
Boundary Peak Lodge Motel — by Joe Reifer
The full supermoon shines on the abandoned Boundary Peak Lodge Motel on Montgomery Pass. This cluster of abandoned motels is located just over the Nevada border on a lonely stretch Highway 6 at an elevation of 7167 feet. On the West side of the highway, the remaining buildings include the motel, restaurant and 3 houses.
The Soper’s Restaurant and Casino across the road burned down on March 24th, 2010. The East side of the highway still has a 2-story hotel, storage building, gas station awning, and row of cottages. There are also piles of debris from the fire and some junked cars out back. Most of these buildings have been abandoned since the late 1990′s. See more night photography from this location.