Local photographer Paul Fretheim will present stunning views of the Sierra Nevada backcountry using unique, 360-degree, “virtual reality” photography techniques during a presentation at the Eastern California Museum in Independence.
The event is free and open to the public, beginning at 6:30 p.m., Saturday at the Eastern California Museum, 155 N. Grant. St., Independence (three blocks west of the historic courthouse).
Fretheim’s panoramic views of the southern Sierra stretch from the Kearsarge Pass area, near Independence, south through Mt. Whitney and onto the sprawling Sequoia Kings National Park with its towering redwoods. The photos were captured over the course of seven years of hiking, exploring and photographing the region by Fretheim. He uses a photo technique that allows the viewer to enjoy 360-degree views of the High Sierra, thus, the photos truly are “panoramic,” in that they include a full-circle view of the scenery being observed. The view can be stopped, enlarged and otherwise maneuvered to highlight various aspects of the scene being presented.
Frethiem will also discuss numerous interesting tales of his days on the trail. Plus, he can answer questions about digital and 360-degree, panoramic photography.
As the owner of Inyo Pro, Fretheim photographs and produces CDs that use his “virtual reality” techniques. Currently, his Virtual Reality CDs of Death Valley National Park, Scotty’s Castle, Kearsarge Pass and the High Sierra, Mt. Whitney, The Southern Sierra Nevada and Big Trees are on sale at the Museum Bookstore and other locations in the Owens Valley.
For more information, call the museum at (760) 878-0258.