Archive for September, 2013

360° panorama by Roy Reed.
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All Saints church is set back from Margaret Street (just north of Oxford Street in the centre of London) in a small courtyard. It was designed by architect William Butterfield in 1850 and completed by 1859.Inside, the walls are covered in spectacular tiled murals. Designed by Butterfield, they were painted by Alexander Gibbs and manufactured by Henry Poole and Sons. The floor tiles are a bold geometric design by Minton. The chancel vault is a deep blue field of stars and the reredos by William Dyce (later copied and replaced by Ninian Comper in the early 1900s when the original had became blackened by the London air) depicts the life of Christ ending at the vault with Christ in Majesty.

360° panorama by Uwe Buecher.
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360° panorama by Fritz Hanke.
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Hiking up to the Aletsch Glacier area. I took the cable car from Fiesch up to the Fiescheralp. Here you see the Fiescheralp and its hotels. It is a well nown ski resort and you can take a cable car up to the Eggishorn. I am hiking up towards the Bettmerhorn.Far away at the horizon somewhere on the panorama you can see the Matterhorn. Did you find it ?The Jungfrau-Aletsch area is a Unesco World Heritage site.See also

360° panorama by Markus Kaeppeli.
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360° panorama by Johan Offermans & Karl Overholt.
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This panorama was taken on a nice day from the first convertible-style cable car in the world, the Cabrio cable car in Stanserhorn, Switzerland. The cable car has two levels with the upper level being open air so you can look around in all directions and enjoy the fresh mountain air on your way up.  The lower level is glass almost all the way around so it also provides beautiful views. There is a staircase between the lower and upper decks. The panorama was taken on the upper deck of one of the cable cars and you can see the other cable car come down for an outside view of this unique construction.The cable car takes you to the top of Stanserhorn, an 1898m high mountain close to Lucerne in Switzerland.  The mountain and cable car provide beautiful views of the surrounding Alps.In this panorama, you see from left to right Pilatus,  a 2128m high mountain, the city of Lucerne, lake Lucerne in the foreground and lake Zug in the background with the city of Zug along the lake, Bürgenstock, a lower mountain with the world’s first mountain elevator, Rigi a massif overtowering Bürgenstock, the distinctive Mythen mountain with the two peaks clearly visible and Klewenalp providing beautiful views over lake Lucerne.Technically, this panorama was a challenge as the cable car was moving while the panorama was shot. I shot four shots on a pole as fast as I could, but even then the scenery changed significantly between shots making some post-processing necessary. This is also the cause of some of the remaining mistakes in the panorama.

360° panorama by Vladimir Vlasenko.
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I had the pleasure of borrowing a sample of the Gobi panoramic tripod head made by Bushman Panoramic.

It’s one of the smallest and most lightweight panoheads I’ve seen. It should fit any SLR / fisheye combination easily. It seems to be very strong and stiff despite its small size and light weight. For travellers, this is definitely an interesting panohead to consider.

You can see my video demonstration below.


360° panorama by Andrew Bodrov.
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Light walks in Kadriorg is an annual festival in Kadrioru Park to send away the summer season. For this night the park became a miraculous and mystical place. There was more than 6000 candles and 1500 torches burning in the park!There was also different performances from Estonian artists and fireworks in the end of the event.

360° panorama by Kengo Shimizu.
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This is the kitchen of a rich farmer family’s house which was built in early 1800s.You can see ovens to the west and to the east. Japanese ovens don’t have chimneys. The smoke comes out of ovens and fills the inside of the large roof and goes out of the roof through an opening at the top of the roof. The smoke protects the roof made of straw from insects and the tar contained in the smoke enhances waterproof property of the roof.In the era of Edo, farmers couldn’t have their own weapons, they were not allowed to have gorgeous rooms in their houses even if they had enough money. However, the owner of this house was so rich that the domain government borrowed money from the farmer. As a token of gratitude for the farmer’s service, the domain allowed him to have a right to bear arms and a right to have deluxe rooms. The gorgeous rooms was used to welcom the domain’s lord to this house.

Every year Redheads gather in the Dutch city of Breda for a fun-filled weekend. The event features a bunch of activities: music, lectures, fashion, and shows organized specifically for redheads (although non-gingers are welcome too).

The event has been growing each year, and in 2013 it broke a world record of 1672 redheads together in one photo.

Can you count them?


This panorama, created by Marco den Herder, won a Guinness World Record. Marco took the photo with a panopole extended to a height of five meters using a Nodal Ninja and Canon 5D mark II with a Sigma 8mm fisheye lens.

The Redhead Day and the Guinness Word Record were organized by “Redhead Days”, which has been organizing this (red) hairy festival since 2007.

Did you know that only about 1% – 2% of the population has red hair? Redheads are more numerous on the northern and western European countries, 2% – 6% of the population. The highest percentage of natural Redheads in the world can be found in Scotland (13%), followed closely by Ireland (10%).

Some interesting facts about redheads:

  • Redheads are becoming rarer and could be extinct in 100 years, according to genetic scientists.

  • In Poland, if you see three Redheads at the same time, you will win the lottery.

  • Redheads have always been thought untrustworthy. As some claim ? Judas was red-haired.

  • It brings you good luck to rub your hand on a Redhead`s head

  • A 2002 study found that Redheads are harder to sedate than any other people requiring twenty percent more anesthesia.

  • In Denmark it is an honor to have a redheaded child.

We are looking forward to see the Redheads’ Day panorama in 2014!

We’d like to thank Marco den Herder and the Redhead Days organization for their cooperation in writing this post.

The 360Cities Team