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Thursday
Mar252010

360 Degree Circular Panoramic of the Coachella Valley

A few weeks ago, I visited Joshua Tree National Park to do some star trail photography with a meetup group from Los Angeles. I was really pumped to go and had been looking forward to it for quite some time. During the daylight hours our group visited Keys View inside the park which provides amazing views of Coachella Valley. The elevation at Keys View is roughly 5200 feet and the Coachella Valley is roughly 500 feet so, as you can well imagine, the views are spectacular. To the southeast, you can see all the way to the Salton Sea and across the Valley were beautiful snow-capped mountains. This lookout is notoriously windy so we took shelter from the wind behind a few large rocks for most of the visit. Lately, I've been trying to capture panoramics but without much luck. This time I was determined to walk away with something. I started off shooting the Coachella Valley in a sweeping movement from south to north then continued to finish it off as a 360 degree panoramic. In total, I captured 17 images. After a couple hours of Photoshop processing, I had bent the 360 degree panoramic into a circle to finish off my first panoramic. Once I get more practice creating this type of image, I'll put together a tutorial so check back if you're interested.

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