The wifey and I took a Thursday morning stroll high above the San Francisco Bay Area.  We finally got the chance to travel Highway 35, Skyline Blvd.  It was a pretty amazing drive, not as awe inspiring as say, Yosemite, but none-the-less it was pretty phenomenal to come across one of the most fun Vista Points in California.  About half way through the drive was a Vista Point that shows an immense panorama of the ENTIRE bay area!  Luckily we had a clear day!  On the far left was San Francisco, in the middle Stanford, and on the far right the Ames Research center, otherwise known as NASA, and more importantly known as Moffett Federal Airfield, where I spend approximately 28-33% of my life.

Of course I took a pano of it!  35 exposures total, seven shots in a 5 exposure series.  The images were processed in Photomatix separately and then photo-merged in Photoshop CS5.  It may seem like a lot of work but once you get a good setting for the first image in Photomatix, you can batch process the other 6 and then run them in the automated photo-merge in CS 5.

It doesn’t look like much from the above image.  So I took 5 Exposures of San Francisco, Stanford, and Moffett @ 300mm (600mm 35mm Equivalent)!  That goes to show you just how far away all of this stuff is.  San Francisco, from this vantage point, is about 40 miles!

So I already hear you asking yourself, is Blake going to show us this easy panorama trick?  Of course!  Look for it this coming Friday!

Blake Rudis
f.64 Academy and f.64 Elite are the brainchildren of Blake Rudis. While he is a landscape photographer he is most passionate about post-processing images in Photoshop and mentoring others.

For Blake, it is less about the art and more about the process. He dives deep into difficult topics and makes them easy to understand through his outside the box thinking.
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