Archive for May, 2011

Panoramic photo by Arroz Marisco. Click the image to open the interactive version.

From the author: The Huayhuash Circuit is one of the most beautiful trek in the world, made famous by the film “Touching the Void”. Here the view is taken just about 45 mins away from the Pass of the same name (I think)  towards a series of lakes, where there should be three but only two are really in view here. On the left are Carnicero (5960m), Siulá (6344m), Yerupajá (6635m) and Jirishanca (6094m) respectively. The camp site for the ascent to the summits are on the other side of the mountains.

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Panoramic photo by Marcio Cabral. Click the image to open the interactive version.

Perito Moreno Glacier is found in Argentina located in the Los Glaciares National Park. The glacier is 97 square miles (250 sq km) and measures 19 miles (30 km) in length. Additionally, the glacier measures 3 miles (5 km) wide with a total ice depth of 558 feet (170 m). The deepest part of the glacier measures 2,297 feet (700 m).Perito Moreno Glacier is one of three Patagonian glaciers that is not retreating. This ice field accounts for the world’s third largest reserve of fresh water.

Croatian Railway Museum in Zagreb is not open for the public, but it is possible to arrange a visit by telephone. The museum is owned by the Croatian Railways (Hrvatske Željeznice), and has only two employees. Currently the main problem is the lack of adequate building in which the locomotives could be placed under the roof, as well as lack of money for their restoration.

Click the images to read more about them in the descriptions below panoramas on their pages. Photo credits by Igor Adamec.

Steam locomotives JŽ Class 51:

Steam locomotive JŽ Class 11:

Here’s some 360-degree panoramas shared and tweeted recently, worth seeing. Click the screenshots to go to respective tweets and from there the links always go directly to a 360-degree panorama.

When our Dads were little kids they rode in cars like this: Ford Model Y (1932)-roomy enough for a family of 5!

Very Cool RT @janvrsinsky: Wow, amazing 360° panorama: Turda salt mine from above http://bit.ly/mJZ6gQ

my first 360° immersive panorama

Muito legal essas fotos panoramicas (360º) do Nepal Gokyo Ri

360 Cities - Tokyo: The corner of Yomise Avenue and Yanaka Ginza Street

Criticize the Spanish conquests as much as you want but they left some pretty cool colonial architecture behind

360° panorama: batmobile parked outside sthlm hilton hotel

 

Panoramic photo by Rommel Bundalian.
Click the image to open the interactive version.

 

Wembley 360, stitched on a Fujitsu Workstation. Click image to view the full size!

On Saturday, May 14, we did something historic: we produced what may be the largest photo ever made of a sporting event, and we got it online in the shortest amount of time!

The event? One that is viewed by around 500 million people worldwide: The FA Cup Final. This 20-gigapixel image, made from 1147 individual photos taken over 45 minutes, shows 90 thousand people with extreme clarity. The image was shot, stitched, uploaded, and published all in under twenty-four hours.

I am not usually one to brag about my achievements, but this is something I am really proud of. It’s the kind of job that is the result of years of practice and hard work. Images like this usually take days or weeks – not hours – to get online.

The star of the show that really made this possible was the Fujitsu Celsius R670 workstation kindly loaned to us by Fujitsu. I might be able to work quickly, but a thousand images is a lot; 20 gigapixels is a lot; a job like this, to be done really quickly, needs a very powerful computer that can handle this scale of data.

To give you a better idea of the hardware involved, the machine has 12 cores (2x 6-core processors) – this was key for processing large quantities of raw files, and of warping large numbers of images simultaneously, which drastically reduced the processing times of some tasks.

The RAM? 192 gigabytes of RAM — this is the maximum RAM, as far as I am aware, available in any desktop computer. To put it into perspective, the biggest Mac Pro that you can get has “only” 64GB of ram. That’s one third of the capacity!

Disk space? Two solid state disks (SSD) in RAID 0 as the scratch disk, and two enterprise-grade, 15,000RPM SAS hard disks in RAID 0 as the temporary storage. These extremely fast disks kept any delays to a minimum, in cases where data did not fit into the RAM.

It is a great feeling working with such a fast machine, and especially knowing that all of the resources of such a machine are being utilized. On an exciting project such as the shooting of 90,000 people in Wembley Stadium, the result is extremely satisfying.

Thanks to Fujitsu for making it all possible!


While the football fans among you were following Manchester City and Stoke City battling it out for this year’s FA Cup yesterday at Wembley Stadium in London, 360 Cities founder Jeff Martin was pitch-side capturing a 20-gigapixel photo of the crowd – the largest-yet 360-degree photo of a sports event.

The image has now been launched on http://wembley360.wembleystadium.com/ – less than 24 hours after shooting! People viewing the image can tag themselves or their friends if they were in the 90,000-strong audience. Our talented team also built the website and created the tagging application. There are a lot of famous faces in the crowd. Stay tuned as the number of face-tags starts building up. [update - 1200 tags added in the first hour!]

This event is a major accomplishment for 360 Cities. Working with Wembley for several weeks in advance, the shoot was meticulously planned and rehearsed. There were only 90 minutes of shooting time to work with. By contrast, our earlier gigapixel images of, for example, Prague, London and the Strahov Library were shot over days. Jeff was  present for the FA Cup semi-final in May to do a dry-run. Wembley’s excellent agency Dare Digital organized everything with skill and creativity. Read all about how we did it on the How We Did It page.

Jeff Martin preparing for the semi-final dry run

Following the match yesterday (congrats to Man C), we moved into processing mode. Our partners Fujitsu Technology Solutions generously provided us one of their powerful CELSIUS R670 workstations with 192 gigabytes of RAM and 24 CPU cores.

This hardware made handling the gargantuan task of stitching and rendering 1000 individual high-res photos possible within this almost impossibly short time frame. Our own know-how and image publishing technology made the whole thing come together. Thanks to everybody involved!

 

Zen





photo credits by Richard ChesherSeungsang Yoo(유승상)Marek KoszorekPedro Menezes.Calvin Jones.

We invite you to explore Machu Pichu ruins in 360-degrees. Click on the images to start the immersive experience.




Photos by Willy Kaemena.