Before leaving to the Eastern Sierra road trip, I was a little nervous. Considering that we are talking about a mountain range with peaks reaching more than 14,000 feet, I was expecting horrific roads full of twists and turns. I was very wrong. A long piece of Highway U.S. 395 is flat. Why? Because it runs thru the Owens Valley.
The Owens Valley is the parched valley of the Owens River. It is located to the east of the Sierra Nevada and to the west of the White Mountains. Translation: it is flanked by mountains. Therefore, this place seldom gets rain (the mountains at both sides block clouds). The ironic thing is that the valley provides half the water for the Los Angeles Aqueduct (from snowmelt). Oh, the things you learn while you travel!!
Well, if I tell you all the things waiting for exploration on the valley, it will take me 100 posts. Instead, I want to show you how gorgeous this place is. Yes, I am not crazy. Arid, deserted, barren and inhospitable places are beautiful too.
Because of that, I am going to start by showing you my best photo of the place.
It is a panorama I created by stitching together 5 photos. The overlap between two of the photos was too much. That is why you see some obscure regions on the final picture. Hey, it is the first time I try something like this. I believe it turned out really well. I would like to experiment more with this type of photography in the future.
If you want to do something like this, here is a helpful link: http://www.ehow.com/how_6707718_make-panorama-photo.html
Remember to check if your camera came with stitching software (in an included disk). My Canon camera came with a disc including this type of software and it worked well. You may also want to check out your camera manufacturer website. These sites include a good variety of photo enhancing tools.
Check out other photos of the valley (pay attention to the different layers and tones):
Have you tried to create a panoramic photo before? Do you have any tips? Let me know in the comments section below.