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(Sept. 15–23, 2012)

Michael Bajko

Necessity of Strong Foundations

G. Donald Bain

Four-Wheel Drive is a Necessity!

El Cerrito, California, USA

September 21, 2012 1 pm (truck) and September 4, 2012 6 pm (landscape)

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For many of the places I love to go, a vehicle with high clearance and four-wheel drive is a necessity. This is a composite shot showing the interior of my new Ford F-150 FX4 pickup truck and the landscape near Florence Lake in the high Sierra (taken a week earlier).


My original plan for this event was to combine photography with a mid-week camping trip with my wife. I hoped to either shoot a Native American site (Indian Grinding Rock) and describe the very minimal necessities of the first Californians, or a giant Sequoia grove (Calaveras Big Trees) with speculation on the strangely limited and discontinuous range of this famous species. But I came down with a surprisingly bad cold and the camping trip didn't happen.

Fallback plan - shoot something at home. So I photographed the truck interior, used Photoshop to cut holes through the image for the windows, and pasted it on top of an existing panorama. Voila - my new truck magically transported to the mountains. Just for fun I also made composites for others of my favorite places (redwoods, desert), anticipating where I will eventually take my new truck.
The background image in this composite was taken near the road to Florence Lake, Sierra National Forest, California, at an elevation of 7800 feet (2380 meters).

For more panoramas of this area see the Florence Lake Road locality and the KIngs Canyon, Sequoia, and the Southern Sierra region on my website.

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USA-Canada / USA-California

Lat: 37° 56' 3.48" N
Long: 123° 18' 56.04" W

Elevation: 600 m

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Photographed with a Canon 5D Mark II digital SLR with a 15mm Canon fisheye lens, on a Nodal Ninja VR mount, Really Right Stuff ballhead, and Gitzo carbon-fiber tripod. Stitched with PTGui Pro 9.1.3 on a Macintosh Intel Core 2 Duo iMac, retouched and composited using Photoshop CS3.

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