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Twin Lakes Area, near Bridgeport, California

Twin Lakes is located 13 miles up into the eastern Sierra mountains from Route 395 at Bridgeport, California. There are two beautiful glacier-carved lakes are separated by a waterfall and a short creek, called Robinson Creek. This creek continues down from the lower lake into Bridgeport lake.  We vacationed at Twin Lakes in the summer of 2000, and were delighted with a number of opportunities for incredible photography. Below are just a few of the panoramas we shot.

All panoramas taken in the Bridgeport area were with my Canon EOS Elan camera and Canon IS lenses or L-series lenses.  Many were taken on tripod to eliminate distortion, and allowing both extreme resolution and accurate stitching.  Kodak Royal Gold 100 was used for these shots.

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Panorama TL1:  Twin Lakes Early Morning

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This was taken about an hour after the sunrise panorama below, from the same spot (approximate). In this case, a much wider field of view was captured, since more light was available!. This is about a 150 view.  The full size image is over 7500 x 3000 pixels, or 65 MB.  The details in this image are incredible, because a tripod was used to capture the imges.

Panorama TL2:  Twin Lakes Sunrise

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The sun was just rising over the Nevada mountains, setting the high Sierras on fire, in this remarkable panorama.  The moon was just setting - you can just see it over the top edge of the mountain, and in the reflection.  The original image was captured using a tripod, in a series of portrait shots, stitched using PowerStitch.  This resulted in an image over 6400 x 3100 in size, or nearly 58 MB of high resolution detail.

Panorama TL3:  Sawtooth Mountains Sunrise

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This image was taken near the west end of the upper lake, between the time the two images above were taken.  This is a telephoto panorama - 300mm hand-held, with my Sigma 70-300 zoom lens.  These mountains form the ridge separating the valley of Twin Lakes from Yosemite National Park to the southwest.  You can just barely see these mountains in the sunrise image above - bright white in the background, left side.  This image was stitched from 8 portrait images with PowerStitch, and is over 7400 x 3000 or 64 MB in size.

Panorama TL4:  Bridgeport Lake Sunset

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This image was taken from Green Creek Road, and shows the beautiful soft sunset colors with Bridgeport and Bridgeport lake in the distance. This was captured handheld using a Canon IS (Image Stabilization) lens on 400 speed film.  It was nearly dark, and I was pushing the limits here with a 1/10 second exposure.  Because the light was rapidly falling, I took this as a series of landscape images, thus resulting in a lower resolution image of over 9900 x 2000 or 58 MB.  Twin Lakes is located to the left (west) about 13 miles.
 


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