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G. Donald Bain
obsessive panoramic photographer
obsessive panoramic photographer

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Just hit a million views. Nice to know that people are seeing my work.

But really, Google Views is truly awful in so many ways. I mean just look at the preview image automatically supplied when I pasted a link to my Views page.

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Some photo spheres (360° panoramas) that I made on my trip down the Oregon coast in August. They span from Fort Stevens at the mouth of the Columbia River in the north, to Coos Bay on the south. The weather was perfect and I wanted to linger, but I was needed at home.
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We were blessed with perfect weather on our trip to England and Scotland in September 2014 - only one rainy day out of 31. This was particularly welcome when we ventured to the remote Isle of Iona in the Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland, notorious for its damp gray weather.

Though very small, Iona has exceptional interest and historical significance. It was here that Christianity survived the turmoil of the Dark Ages in Britain.

I didn't take my usual pano-shooting rig on this trip, so this panorama was made with an Apple iPhone and Google Photo Sphere.

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On a hike  last summer in Zion National Park.

The young lady shown here had walked unwittingly to the very brink then stopped abruptly. My shot caught her with hands raised in alarm as she looked over the edge, before abruptly backing away.

Scout Lookout is at the trail junction between the West Rim and Angels Landing trails. The lookout area is flat and safe, but the cliff here drops sheer 1000 feet to the Temple of Sinawava with no safety railing. 

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My favorite shot of the trip was a pleasant surprise. In an effort to get away from the crowds and get a 360 without an obvious road in it, I parked where there was only room for one vehicle, then hiked a short distance over a hilltop.

When I looked down the other side I saw a small herd of bison (buffalo). They moved slowly down into a green hollow, and I was the only one there to see them. Of course as soon as they came in sight of the road other cars stopped and people lined up along the road to watch. But when I got my pano it was my own personal buffalo herd.

Bison interest me. They have something of the nobility of elk or wild horses, but also the stolid stupidity of cows. Their sheer bulk is impressive, especially the bulls with their huge heads and manes.

An hour later, in the Lamar Valley, I estimated maybe a thousand bison were in sight at once. But it was this little herd, and the brief moment when I was alone with them, that I remember most fondly.

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Usually I manage, through patience, multiple shots, and masking, to make locations look like I was the only one there. But not this time, the best I could do was cut down on the apparent population and try to show the scenery between people, or over their heads.

In this panorama at Artist Point above the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, I show 27 people (including some mostly hidden by others). But just before I left I counted 73 in this limited viewpoint area.

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I have finished uploading all my new photospheres of Yellowstone to Views. The most striking thing about this trip was the number of people at every location. Here is one of my favorites, a couple of lovely young ladies shooting a few poses of each other at the Grand Prismatic Spring. I have very few panos that do not have people photographing themselves and each other.

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And a handful from my last two days returning through Oregon.

This one is for you, Tanja, proof that I go to remote places.

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After a few days in Yellowstone National Park (coming soon) I crossed Idaho again, over the Bitterroot Range via Lolo Pass.

This was the greatest obstacle encountered by the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery. They crossed westbound in September 1805, returning eastwards in June the next year. It was also the route followed by Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce fleeing the US Cavalry in 1877.

Among the many natural and historical sights there is the Lochsa Historic Ranger Station. I stopped and visited for a while with the mules.

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The next group is at Upper Mesa Falls, a spectacular waterfall on the Henrys Fork River. It is as notable for the extensive system of walkways and viewpoints as for the grandeur of the falls.
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