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Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Panorama

The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk amusement park is exactly that. An amusement park right on the beach. The boardwalk has been in operation since 1907 and is one of the last seaside amusement parks in the United States.

This image is a 12 frame panorama that I shot from the beach. I didn’t have my tripod with me so did the pivot / swivel in the sand trying to stay as level as I could. Photoshop Elements did a great job of merging the images but at one point I thought my Mac was going to blow up. Once the merge was complete I ran the image through Topaz Clarity to give it some punch and that was it.

Click on the image to enlarge (it really does look better) or to Purchase a Print.

Santa Cruz, California, beach boardwalk, amusement park, sand, waterfront, pacific coast, panorama

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45 responses

  1. I am stunned that you could do this without a tripod Edith! Great job—as they say, don’t try this at home LOL!

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    July 29, 2013 at 8:01 am

    • Thanks Tina. I really wasn’t sure how it was going to come out but Photoshop did a good job of merging the images.

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      July 29, 2013 at 11:28 am

  2. Fantastic job Edith!! It looks perfect :).

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    July 29, 2013 at 8:02 am

  3. Len

    Wonderfully captured Edith. I have done that drive at least 15 times and have never stopped there. I guess I need to at least one more time. Glad your Mac didn’t explode.

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    July 29, 2013 at 8:09 am

  4. Great panorama, looks like a fun place.

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    July 29, 2013 at 8:28 am

  5. Great job without a tripod.

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    July 29, 2013 at 8:45 am

  6. Beautiful!!!

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    July 29, 2013 at 8:59 am

  7. Edith, can you believe I have never been to an amusement park on a boardwalk before? Sigh…you make it look so fun!

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    July 29, 2013 at 9:29 am

  8. Amazing shot, Edith! You did very well without a tripod.

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    July 29, 2013 at 9:49 am

  9. Rich McPeek

    Awesome pano Edith! Love it!

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    July 29, 2013 at 9:56 am

  10. A very nice Panorama, Edith.

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    July 29, 2013 at 11:21 am

  11. As a child I lived on a bluff just to the south of the Boardwalk – a great panoramic shot!

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    July 29, 2013 at 1:28 pm

  12. Super panoramic view Edith!

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    July 29, 2013 at 5:47 pm

  13. This is really fantastic, Edith!

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    July 29, 2013 at 5:55 pm

  14. LB

    Pretty cool shot! I’m wondering how long it took from shooting to editing (just curious … you WORKED for this shot)

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    July 29, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    • Thank you. Honestly other images have taken me longer. Shooting was pretty quick. Since I din’t have my tripod with me I just found my position and shot the frames while pivoting around making sure that I overlapped each frame so as not to have any gaps. Once I was home I opened all the RAW files in ACR and adjusted clarity and vibrance universally across the 12 frames. I then loaded all the frames into Photoshop Elements and used the panorama merge. The computer did all the hard work. That process took about 10 minutes (I think). Once that was done I cropped the image and ran it through Topaz Clarity to give it some punch.

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      July 29, 2013 at 9:36 pm

  15. Well done. I like the detail of the re cannisters on the beach.

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    July 29, 2013 at 8:40 pm

  16. Really nice pano Edith. And I’m glad we’re not looking at a panorama of your exploded computer.

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    July 30, 2013 at 8:51 am

  17. It turned out GREAT!! I also am glad that your computer didn’t blow up!

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    July 30, 2013 at 10:12 am

  18. I love panoramic presentations, there is just so much great detail to take in when done well, as you have done here, Edith! Top drawer, my friend!

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    July 30, 2013 at 2:58 pm

  19. This is very nice – the only time I’ve been to Santa Cruz, we stayed at a hotel that was right on the beach (the Dream Inn) and our balcony had a view to the Boardwalk. Your photo is a very nice reminder of that trip.

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    July 31, 2013 at 12:03 pm

  20. Great Pano Edith!

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    July 31, 2013 at 12:13 pm

  21. Marguerite Elliott

    What a great child’s-eye-view of the dreams of summer! Your really captured the spirit of the place.

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    August 4, 2013 at 9:07 pm

  22. Amazing panorama, Edith – very well done!!

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    August 5, 2013 at 4:55 pm

  23. Beautiful! Nicely done without a tripod Edith.

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    August 5, 2013 at 10:52 pm

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