this is the Interstate 5 Aquaduct Vista Point. The name may not fit but that’s what its called on the map. located just west of Newman California, this rest stop offers a panoramic view of the valley.
I shot this with my D5600 and I set it for 3 second intervals for about 45 minutes on a sunny and (initially) cloudy day. I didn’t have a lot of luck as the clouds dissipated soon after I started shooting and the wind caused to camera shake. but nothing that couldn’t be fixed in post, along with the typical time-lapse flicker issues that are typical of these kinds of videos
my first foray into the photosphere world turned out to be a lot more work then I was planning for, as it turns out it’s a bit more complex then a panorama. but I did accomplish what I set out to do and I learned a lot in the process. I used the google street view app to take the photo, I also took a few panoramas just in case I had stitching issues, which I did. and I used pano2vr to convert between formats and photoshop to edit, I’ll go into more details about all that in a future post.
it was a good day for photos, blue skys with cumulus clouds all day so I took advantage of the opportunity and took some shots on and around Merced Falls road. there’s lots of scenic views of the valley out there.
the small resolution doesn’t do it justice so make sure to full screen it.
The Eastern Sierra, although beautiful, is much more desert-like then what you see in California’s Central Valley and Highway 395 is the best route to see it, also the only route. I started in Minden Nevada and traveled south all the way to highway 178 which leads back into the Central Valley.
at about 5 hours from Minden to Bakersfield, highway 395 is the perfect one day road trip through California’s less populated east side. there are long stretches of open spaces to the east and one long mountain range to the west with plenty of photo opportunities along the way, including some nice views of mono lake, open plains, Isabella Lake, the Sierras (of course) and several small towns. View some of the highlights below.