Morning Drive on Skyline Boulevard (SR 35)

Click the image for an interactive 360.

Click the image for an interactive 360.

The NorCal86 and 86 Drive car club had a private tour of the amazing Canepa classic and collector car showroom, museum, and workshop today. A few drivers met up for a morning drive beforehand at the Upper Crystal Spring Vista Point, at the intersection fo Highway 92 and Skyline Blvd. (SR35).

A large Audi club had filled the parking lot with eight Audi R8 coupes, and a variety of other cool cars. Our group had 2 Subaru BRZs, a Ford Focus RS, a Porsche 911, and a VW Golf Mk5.

Click the image above for an interactive 360 view of the parking lot, right before everyone headed out for some early morning twisty road fun.

Technical Details:

  • Nikon D810 with a Samyang 12mm fisheye lens.

  • Nodal Ninja R1 panoramic tripod head on a carbon fiber pole.

  • 6 shots around tilted up at 5º and rolled at a 33º angle.

  • Processed in Lightroom, stitched in PTGUI Pro, and virtual tour created using krpano.

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Abandoned Nevada Drive-In Movie Theater 360 Night Panoramas

Stand under the movie screen and gaze at the stars at the abandoned Sage Crest drive-in theater in Yerington, Nevada. These 360 night panoramas were shot in 2013.

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Road Runner's Retreat: Abandoned Route 66 Full Moon 360 Panoramas

These 360 night panoramas of the Road Runner’s Retreat were shot back in 2015. This abandoned Route 66 restaurant and gas station was apparently built in the late 1950’s or early 1960’s, and is located just west of the Mojave Desert ghost town of Chambless. The vintage neon sign and roadrunner mural are fantastic. A recommended visit if you’re exploring this part of the desert along 66. Right down the road from Roy’s in Amboy, which is another great photography location.

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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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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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The Signal Room: 360 Panoramas of an Underground Art Space on Yerba Buena Island

A  360 panorama of The Signal Room  on San Francisco's Yerba Buena Island

A 360 panorama of The Signal Room on San Francisco's Yerba Buena Island

Back in February I heard that a group of artists was throwing underground events in The Signal Room -- an old naval signal tower on top of San Francisco's Yerba Buena Island. A friend knew the way in, and we spent an evening watching the sunset and taking photos. I've never met Eugene Ashton-Gonzalez, who was the ringleader behind these efforts. I really appreciate the magical transformation of this unique space with amazing views. Being able to turn around and see both spans of the Bay Bridge, the San Francisco skyline, and the Golden Gate off in the distance was fantastic.

I shot some 360 panoramas to remember how the place looked. The San Francisco Chronicle did a short documentary video on the space that's worth watching. There are no longer events taking place at The Signal Room. The tower now has security, and is slated for demolition this summer.

Update: The Signal Room was knocked down in early July.

Technical Details: Each of the 3 panoramas 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. Bracketing at 2.0 stop intervals, 5 shots were taken at each camera position. The resulting images were processed in Lightroom, blended in Photomatix Pro, stitched in PTGui Pro, and output using krpano. Enjoy the panoramas!

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