Here is another recent panoramic photo of San Diego, photographed on a beautiful spring afternoon. This one spans nearly the entire width of the bay, and includes the yacht marinas of Shelter Island in the foreground. I photographed this with a top quality 300mm f/2.8 lens and high resolution camera, and the resulting detail seen in the buildings is outstanding. The final panorama was composed from nine source images, and the resulting image will print 3′ tall by 12′ long with no interpolation necessary. If you like this, please check out more of my panoramic photographs, or see more photos of San Diego. Cheers and thanks for looking!
A client approached me recently to request several photos for their website, including three panoramic images (which lend themselves well to banners at the top of web pages). The three selected he just happened to be among of my all-time favorites and it will be great to see them together in use. Here they are. If you like these, check out some of my other panoramic photographs. Cheers and thanks for looking!
Yosemite Falls reflected in flooded meadow. The Merced River floods its banks in spring, forming beautiful reflections of Yosemite Falls.
Image ID: 26887
Location: Yosemite National Park, California, USA
Flying recently while a winter high pressure system hung over Southern California, I was able to take advantage of clear dry air to shoot several aerial panoramic photos of the La Jolla and northern San Diego coastline. These are technically very difficult to realize, both in capturing the source images and in digitally blending them into the final high resolution panoramic image. The plane was moving 100+ mph, so parallax was a significant factor, and holding a 300mm lens steady while buffeted by wind is not easy. Shown below are coastlines along Torrey Pines State Reserve, Point La Jolla south to Bird Rock, and Point La Jolla north to Scripps Institution of Oceanography (including UCSD). Cheers and thanks for looking!
Aerial Panorama of La Jolla, University City, showing (from left) UCSD, University City, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla Shores, Point La Jolla, Mount Soledad, in the background some of the mountains to the east of San Diego. The highest peak in the center of the panoram is Cuyamaca Peak (6512′) while the rocky peak directly in front of it is El Cajon Mountain (3675′).
Image ID: 29098
Aerial Panoramic Photograph of La Jolla, Mount Soledad, University City
Image ID: 29097
This was the scene that greeted my camera on a recently cold winter morning, as dawn crept in from the east and the nighttime lights of downtown San Diego gave way to morning. Cheers and thanks for looking!
I arrived very early one morning at one of my favorite spots from which to photograph America’s Finest City, only to find the sky engulfed with thick storm clouds. However, as my eyes adjusted to the dark and I could see the pastel colors that spread outward from the city and painted the clouds above, I realized how fortunate I was to have this opportunity to photograph San Diego’s beautiful bay-front skyline underneath a ceiling of colorful storm clouds. Since the light levels required a long exposure to properly photograph scene, I managed to make one panoramic image before the light show was over. This occurred about 45 minutes before sunrise, when there is barely any sunlight showing (just a glimmer on the southeastern horizon, just above Coronado Bay Bridge on the right). Artificial light from San Diego’s downtown buildings as well as cars making the early morning commute on Interstate 5 and over the Coronado Bay Bridge produce the light illuminating the underside of the thick storm clouds. For a short while this artificial light is balanced with the approaching dawn, producing the view you see below. The colors that can be photographed before dawn (after after sunset) are much more intense than those during the day; I actually had to reduce the color saturation in the finished version of this image. This very high resolution photograph will print up to 4′ high and 13′ wide. Cheers and thanks for looking!
Pauma Valley at night, viewed from atop Mount Palomar, with the full moon and stars high above. This high resolution panoramic image will print up to 100″ wide — Prints available! Cheers and thanks for looking!
Crater Lake National Park is the most panorama-ready national park I have ever visited. The vistas are sweeping from the rim of the extinct volcano’s caldera, encompassing a six-mile wide lake. I have made two short visits to Crater Lake National Park, and spent most of my time composing panoramic photographs of the lake, the caldera rim and Wizard Island jutting up from the middle of Crater Lake. All of these panoramas will reproduce well to enormous sizes in case you see something you would like to have hanging in your office lobby and in the living room of your home. Cheers and thanks for looking!
Self portrait at sunrise, panorama of Crater Lake. Crater Lake is the six-mile wide lake inside the collapsed caldera of volcanic Mount Mazama. Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States and the seventh-deepest in the world. Its maximum recorded depth is 1996 feet (608m). It lies at an altitude of 6178 feet (1880m).
Image ID: 19130
Location: Crater Lake National Park, Oregon, USA
Panorama of Crater Lake from Watchman Lookout Station, panoramic picture. The Watchman Lookout Station No. 168 is one of two fire lookout towers in Crater Lake National Park in southern Oregon. For many years, National Park Service personnel used the lookout to watch for wildfires during the summer months. It is also a popular hiking destination because it offers an excellent view of Crater Lake and the surrounding area.
Image ID: 28633
Location: Crater Lake National Park, Oregon, USA
Mount Rainier is reflected in the perfectly still, calm waters of Reflection Lake, in the southern part of Mount Rainier National Park, Washington. This enormous panoramic photo will print up to 6′ tall by 15′ wide at full resolution. If you think this image would look good on the wall of your office lobby or in your home, please contact me. Cheers, and thanks for looking!
Panorama Picture of Torrey Pines State Reserve at Dawn, San Diego
I know Broken Hill and Torrey Pines State Reserve very well, having run on the trails here at all times of day, throughout the year, since about 1986. There is a certain time of year when both the morning sun is at the perfect position to light the bluff just the way I want and the annual weather patterns make the likelihood of a clear morning high. I woke a few hours before dawn, looked out my window toward the ocean and confirmed the sky was clear, drove down to Del Mar and hiked along the beach and up the Torrey Pines bluffs to be in position at Broken Hill for the first rays of sunrise. A bit of ocean mist was floating over the Pacific, and Mount Soledad looming over La Jolla in the distance had some clouds crowning it. But it was strikingly clear where I was standing. The air was quite still such that I could hear the small birds and animals moving through the sage bushes on the Torrey Pines mesa, and I could hear the ocean waves crashing onto the beach hundreds of feet below. A fine morning indeed, one of those mornings that makes me glad I live in San Diego. If you feel this image would make a fine wall hanging for your home or office, please know that this panorama photo will print as large as 10 feet long by 3 1/2 feet high. Please contact me if you have any questions. Cheers, and thanks for looking!
Joshua Tree National Park, Milky Way and Moon, Shooting Star, Comet Panstarrs, Impending Dawn.
This panorama of Joshua Tree National Park was made at astronomical twilight during International Dark Sky Week recently (last week). Some slight blue color from the impending dawn appears behind and to the left of the moon. Comet Panstarrs appears tiny just above the horizon in the left half of the image. The moon is a 20% crescent and still nearly overwhelms the night sky with its brightness. A shooting star appears to the right of the moon. The orange glow on the horizon is light pollution from the distant cities of Joshua Tree (left) and Palm Desert (right). This image will print 30″ x 80″ with no uprezing. If you like this, please check out more Astrophotography Landscape photos, an area of photography I have been working on hard for the last few years. Cheers and thanks for looking!