Last week was semester break at CSU Chico, for my break I went home to the Redding Area in Northern California. I had this grand idea of photography all week long, but come Wednesday I was sick with a cold and didn’t want to do much of anything.
I made some panorama’s of landscapes to use in my Hand of Man series, I still have the photographs from the three days that I did go out even though I lost two days to being sick. I process my panoramas lightly using Photoshop’s camera raw, then I export them as a tif and load them into Hugin. Hugin is a Open source program for stitching together Panorama’s, I prefer it over Photoshop’s Photomerge because it gives me control over what projection it uses, and what the control points for matching the images are. Hugin outputs a tif image that I then do some final editing and color adjustments in Photoshop.
Monday of that week I went out to Keswick dam, there is a paved trail that runs along the Sacramento river that feeds into Shasta lake.
Tuesday later in the afternoon I went up to Lassen National Park, and took some photographs around Manzanita Lake. It is strange that there is no snow on the ground at this time of the year.
Wednesday I went down to the Sacramento River Bend Area, it is a plot of land along the river controlled by the Bureau of Land Management or BLM for short. There are a system of developed trails, but unlike in the NPS land you can leave the trails as long as you leave no trace. I ended up hiking up on-top of a plateau where I could overlook the river and see the curve of it.