Big Geysers (Calpine 13) Geothermal Power Plant
The Geysers, Lake and Sonoma Counties, California, USA
09:32 PDT, 21 September 2005
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EquipmentHardware: Nikon D100, Nikkor 10.5mm Lens, Kaidan QuickPan III Spherical
Software: Kekus PanoTools Plug-ins, RealViz Stitcher, Photoshop CS, Enblend, CubicConverter, QT Player Pro, VRPrep
Behind the scene : how this panorama was madeMy wife, Kat, and I had planned our wedding for the equinox and planned to head away on honeymoon directly after. But since we've both been around the World Wide Panorama since the beginning and I'm directly involved with producing it, I couldn't just skip an event.
From the time that Don and I discussed Energy as the theme, I knew that I had to go to The Geysers. I had never visited the site personally, but I lived between Middletown and Santa Rosa for years and the steam rising from the The Geysers is visible from just about anywhere in the region, given the right atmospheric conditions. Another thing about The Geysers that made me think of energy is that it is one of the most seismically active regions in all of California with earthquakes of magnitude 2 or 3 (Richter) occurring daily (See the cluster that's always in the top left of this map).
So with a my own wedding happening on Thursday and the event only running from Wednesday to Sunday, I decided that I had to do my photography on Wednesday. I called the visitor's center in Middletown and eventually got in touch with Sandy Tucker. She was extremely helpful and told me to come up early on Wednesday and she'd make sure that I got up there.
On Wednesday morning, Sandy met me at the visitor's center and introduced me to Lyle La Faver who would be my personal guide. He handed me a hardhat and took me to many great vistas overlooking the whole Geyser's project and provided me with quite a bit of information. I ended up taking 4 different panoramas overlooking many different generating plants but finally chose this one without the extensive view. I chose it because it shows the generating plant much more clearly than the others which had great views but the plants appeared very small in the final panorama. The other panoramas I took that day can be viewed here.