Archive for November, 2009

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panorama of the refuse collector, jakarta, by martin bloomfield

Click the image to open the panorama.

A fantastic panorama by a new member of 360Cities who just joined today, Martin Broomfield. Martin has made a shot worthy of National Geographic – if National Geographic ever made spherical panoramas ;-)

This portrait is an excellent use of 360 photography – Of course the boy is interesting, but so are the piles of garbage in front of him and behind him. And you can even see his feet….

This is a thank you to all AWESOME people who upload the wonderful panoramas of NATURE to 360 Cities!

Now this is just a tip of an iceberg. There are new submissions every hour, which is obviously too much for this blog. Therefore we decided to share with you what seem to be the most amazing submissions so far.

All panoramas you can see below represent 1 point for the author in the competition. You need to get at least 4 points to enter the draw for the PTGui Pro license. The participant who get’s the most points will win the main prize for this stage, which is Samyang f3.5 8mm lens. The next stage of the competition is starting December 2nd and it’s going to be even more exciting. The main prize will be a Nodal Ninja panoramic head and EZ-leveler and the second prize another PTGUI Pro license! To enter the competition just upload panoramas to 360 Cities. The theme for the first stage is NATURE and the theme for the second stage will be announced when the stage starts. Read the more about the prizes and rules of the competition.


Falasarna Lagoun in Chania


Pierres moussues à Comper in France


Chenuis Falls in USA


березовая роща пгт. Комсомольский in Ukraine


Bamburgh Dunes in England


chateau Pointe de Dinan C18 in Cornouaille

Read more about the competition here: Tour de 360 Cities Panorama Competition

Check out the recently completed immersive tour of the Noumea Hotels group in New Caledonia:   Noumea Hotels Tour

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Richard Chesher has done a remarkable job creating and selling this tour of five GLP resorts in New Caledonia.   Actually, it’s five tours in one.  Check out the over 40 panoramas and navigate your way around the hotels either by clicking on the arrows or on the floor plan of each hotel.  Nice job, Richard!

In 360 Cities (www.360cities.net) we are looking for a full time rails developer to add to our team. You will be working with an existing application with a very small team. You will be expected to be adding new features, to rewrite some parts of the code, and maintain the existing codebase.

Look at a video about us in Kate Russell’s BBC show:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/click_online/8176497.stm

The requirements include:

Having a through understanding of the core principles of web development from past positions is key.
Having experience with Ruby on Rails, working in medium-high traffic sites, as well as good knowledge of javascript; especially of the jQuery library.
Being skilled with HTML and CSS.

Also, we’d need you to be a fast learner, have a down to earth attitude, and to be able to hit the ground running.

Of course, you have great communication skills in English (the only working language we use is English).

Bonus points if:

  • You have experience with Amazon S3/EC2.
  • You like photography.

Location

  • Czech Republic, Prague
  • This role requires onsite work

Salary and Terms

  • Pay: Negotiable

Interested? Get in touch with:
Name: Jeffrey Martin
Company: 360 Cities s.r.o.

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The time has come. The biggest competition in the history of 360 Cities has started.

There are prizes worth more than $1400 (US dollars). This is only possible thanks to Bill from Nodal Ninja(panoramic tripod heads and accessories), Joost from PtGUI (panoramic photo stitching software) who are the sponsors of the competition. The fisheye lens prize is sponsored by 360 Cities.

How to Win – Rules Summary

- The competition has two stages – the prizes for the first stage are the Fishseye lens and a PTGui Pro licence, for the second stage it will be the Nodal Ninja panoramic head and leveler and the second PTGui Pro license

- Each stage has a theme – the theme for the first stage is NATURE

- After each stage, first and second place prizes are awarded

- First prize is for most points during the stage (1 point per panorama, Max. points for uploading panoramas: 50, 4 points per new member referred to 360 Cities)

- Second prize winner is selected randomly from all participants

- A participant is anyone who publishes 4 or more panos or brings a new member to 360 Cities. Double your chances by doing both

Read about the prizes and complete rules at our Tour de 360 Cities Help Center page

Reminder: The “Tour de 360 Cities” panorama competition starts Wednesday November 25th. It’s going to have two stages: first shorter stage and second longer stage. Revisit this blog soon to find out more.

Everybody who can take panoramic pictures will be allowed to participate and will have a chance to win. If you want us to help you get started with panoramic photography, leave a comment below this article or wait until tomorrow when we’ll post a short guide how to get started with taking panoramic pictures and uploading them to 360 Cities.

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Recap of the prizes:
- Nodal Ninja gear for about $700 US (great tools for taking panoramic photos)
- Two PTGui Professional licences (software that helps you to create 360 panoramic images from your flat photos)
- Samyang 8mm fisheye lens
Full recap of prizes can be found on the sneak preview page.

More details soon. Rules will be published the moment the competition starts. Get ready!

Not all of the panoramas on 360Cities are from sparkling hotels, shopping malls, or fancy towns. Some of the interesting places we share are the places that have been left alone untouched for decades. I enjoy seeing such places too! Two photographers on 360Cities are clearly enjoying it themselves: Andrew Mishin and Vasily Kumaev seem to be on a mission to photograph as many abandoned churches as possible. There certainly must be a lot in Russia. Here is one. It looks like someone has started reconstruction? Or maybe the reconstruction was started decades ago and itself abandoned. Who knows.


Kaluga. Church 17 th (2009) in Russia

To see more panoramas of abandoned churches, you can try this link: http://www.360cities.net/search/abandoned-church

In one week from now, that’s Wednesday November 25th, we are starting the new Tour de 360 Cities competition. We are not going to reveal everything today but you should get a pretty good idea about what the competition will be about. Read the following carefully so you know how to prepare.

It will be something we’ve never done before so we hope you are as excited as we are. There are going to be prizes worth of more than $1400 (US dollars). This is only possible thanks to Bill from Nodal Ninja (panoramic tripod heads and accessories), Joost from PtGUI (panoramic photo stitching software) who are the sponsors of the competition. The fisheye lens prize is sponsored by 360 Cities.

Schedule

  • Start: Wednesday November 25th, 2009
  • Start of 2nd stage: Wednesday December 2nd, 2009 (after 1 week)
  • Start of 3rd stage: Wednesday December 9th, 2009 (after 2 weeks)
  • 3 stages total, each stage takes 1 week, new stage announced every Wednesday
  • Winners of a stage are announced each week
  • End: Wednesday December 16th, 2009 after which the overall winners are announced

Prizes

  • Nodal Ninja NN5 w/RD16 top of the line panoramic head and Nodal Ninja EZ-Leveler-II (approximately $550 + $110 + free shipping = approximately $700 value)


    Nodal Ninja 5 w/ RD16 Rotator

    Nodal Ninja 5 w/ RD16 Rotator



    EZ-Leveler-II

    EZ-Leveler-II

  • Two PTGui Professional Licences for stitching panoramic photos (approximately $460 value)


    PTGui

    PTGui

  • Samyang 8 mm f3.5 fisheye lens (approximately $300 value)
  • 360 Cities Wall Calendars
  • Nodal Ninja discount coupons
  • 360 Cities prints discount coupons

How to Win

  • There are going to be activities rewarded by points. We are not going to reveal details now but these activities will be related to uploading panoramas and inviting new members to join 360 Cities. It will not be required to invite anybody, you can win just by uploading panoramas.
  • Each stage ends on Wednesday, whoever gets the most points during the stage wins
  • To win the main prize, you need to get the most points during the whole competition (3 weeks/stages)
  • Details will be announced during the launch

Terms & Conditions

  • To be announced during the launch of the competition

The start of the competition will be announced on Wenesday November 25th here on 360 Cities Blog, so don’t forget to subscribe to our RSS. You can also follow our @360Cities twitter and 360 Cities fan page on Facebook for updates!

If you are looking for inspiration in an immersive tour, look no further:

InterContinental Tahiti

InterContinental Moorea

InterContinental Bora Bora Thalasso

InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana

These four magnificent tours were created by Gregory Panayoutou for InterContinental Resorts in French Polynesia.  Testimonial from appreciative client:

“Gregory Panayotou’s creativity and talent combined with the remarkable 360 cities immersive tools have allowed our four InterContinental Resorts in French Polynesia to really enhance our worldwide communication. We are extremely pleased to have our resorts displayed in the default layer of Google earth thanks to 360 cities immersive tour platform. All in all it is a great proposition that I highly recommend to any hotel wishing to communicate efficiently and in a fashionable way.”

Pierre Lesage

Regional Director of Sales & Marketing

Thanks to Greg for making this happen.

In the US, the Grand Canyon Railway company just licensed and embedded a set of great panoramas of their rolling stock made by 360 Cities member Willy Kaemena on his recent trip to the states. Imho, they make an already very good website even nicer and more informative for visitors. Check it out.