I’ve just made a new gallery of 360 panoramas of the Coaldale ghost town available. Coaldale, Nevada was abandoned in 1993 or 1994. Located in a remote area West of Tonopah where Highways 6 and 95 meet, the gas station was closed due to leaking underground storage tanks. I’ve driven through Coaldale numerous times on other trips to Western Nevada, but had never photographed there at night until last October when David Dasinger and I shot the town under a full moon.
I made a dozen 360 panoramas of Coaldale that night. My panoramic tripod head was setup to shoot 4 shots around at 5 degrees up using the Canon 8-15mm fisheye lens at 12mm on an EOS 6D. Exposures were 90 seconds at f/8, ISO 800. I’m not sure if it was the cold weather, but my focus was slightly soft within 5-6 feet of the camera that night. Everything else was sharp.
After stitching the 360 panos in PTGui, it looked like I had a big retouching job in front of me to get rid of the tripod, tripod shadow, and foreground seam lines from where the focus was a bit soft. I got busy over the holidays, and put the project aside. Yesterday I decided to have another look. I did a rough patch of the foreground using content aware fill in Photoshop. Then I brought the images into Pano2VR to build a virtual tour.
To get a rough idea of what the tour would look like, I used the patch tool in Pano2VR to generate a mirror ball over the tripod area. When I saw the image previews come up in Lightroom, I really liked how dark blue sky of the mirrored image sandwiched the content. The flat projection of the 360 looks like it was photographed from a reflecting pool. For a location with a lot of concrete in the foreground, this really made the images more interesting. Have a look at this gallery of 360 night panoramas of Coaldale, processed using the magic of the mirror ball.
Room #158 at the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo is called What’s Left. The wild room design is a patchwork of fabrics, carpet, and wallpaper collected from other rooms at the hotel. Explore the 360 degree photo of What’s Left by clicking the image above.
The Valley Junkyard is an old-school, post-war junkyard with thousands of cars from the 1930′s to 1990′s. Click the 360 night panorama above to take a virtual tour of this amazing place. The 360 night tour features nine night junkyard panoramas. Look for the little white dots along the horizon to link between panos.
These 360 night panoramas were photographed during the December 2013 full moon. Each panorama was created from 5 images shot with a Canon 8-15mm fisheye lens on a Canon EOS 6D. Most exposures were around 1 minute at f/9.5, ISO 800. The images were stitched together in PTGUI Pro, and the 360 tour was created in Pano2VR Pro.
In April of 2014, Troy Paiva and I will be teaching a night photography workshop at the Valley Junkyard. The first workshop sold out in a few hours from our email list. If you’d like to find out about future workshops, contact me to be added to the list.
A dozen adventurous photographers are enjoying the Eagle Field Night Photography Workshop this full moon. The owner pulled this vintage Bentley out of the airplane hangar for us to photograph under the moonlight. Troy Paiva and I help bring some elegance to night photography. Click the image below for a 360 degree view of the Ladies Lounge inside the Eagle Field airplane hangar.