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Burning Man 2001

Burning Man 2001

VR Tour

I've written extensively elsewhere about Burning Man. Here are my panoramas from the 2001 edition. Other pictures can be found in the photo-essays of my 2001 Burning Man trip.

(See also 2000, 1999 and 1998 which has the most text.)

For Burning Man 2001 the greatest trouble was finding a time without heavy dust in the air. From Tuesday to Friday, clear periods were rare. Fortunatley there was some decent clarity on Saturday before the burn. Still, you will find dust in some of these, though I used techniques to remove it.

I used two main towers. One was the Ziggurat (the structure with the giant steps), built in the Playa a bit south of the promenade to the man. Another was the tower in the "Stoke 'n' Poke's game-a-lot" camp, next to the Alien Love Nest in center camp. This tower wasn't as high as towers I have used in 98 and 99. The Cherry pickers kept busy so I didn't use those.

Don't forget that these web images are ten times fewer pixels than the full images. To see these things you really need to see them printed out (or on big screen.) I usually show them on the Playa and at B.M. Decompression parties.

This year I had the Canon EOS D30 digital camera with me.

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BRC from Stoke'n Poke

From the Stoke 'n Poke tower, Saturday afternoon. Finally clear air. With a 50mm lens on the EOS D30 (equivalent of 80mm in 35mm) and a 360 degree view.

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Esplanade detail

This newly constructed shot shows a close-up of the entire city, from the Emerald City at 2 o'clock around to 10 and then to the Man and temple. I build this panorama in 2008 and have put it up here at much higher than the normal resolution, though it was shot on the lower-res D30 camera and has a few minor problems.

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Whole city from Ziggurat Tall

Shot from the Ziggurat with a 17mm lens on 35mm Velvia film. With such a wide angle you can't see a lot of detail in the city, but you can get a quick grasp of the entire Playa.

Note that in this shot, like others from the Ziggurat, the circular city looks like a line as the camera pans over it.

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Whole city close up

A 50mm D30 shot of the entire city. You can see details in most of the camps in the full panorama, but resolution here on the web site is reduced. A 350 degree shot -- the rotating letters block a small portion.

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Sunset on Friday, 6 and J

A sunset shot on Friday on the D30 from a tall tower at about 6:00 and Justice. Good view of the back of center camp, Radio Free Burning Man and what it was like to be a bit further out in the city.

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Esplande Detail

A 200mm view of the inner esplanade from the Zuggurat, rebuilt in 2010. It goes from Thunderdome (4:30) to OCF and the Conglomerate (at 7:30). This is so close in you can see all the individual Esplanade camps, and individual people walking by. It's like a walking tour of the center half of the Esplanade.

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RV roof view Sunday Night, city partly gone

A panorama shot from my RV roof at 17mm on Velvia. This shot was taken late Sunday night, and shows how many have already left. My RV was at 7:15, halfway between Esplanade and Infant, in Oregon Country Fair camp.