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All of the embedded panorama codes, both need to be updated in order for the fullscreen mode to work as before. It’s quite simple to change the code as it’s just an exercise in copy-and-paste.

  • The embed code that you have now looks like this one:

<iframe src=”http://www.360cities.net/XXXXXXXXXXXXXX width=”910″ height=”460″ frameborder=”0″ bgcolor=”#000000  ” target=”_blank”></iframe>

  • In order to get the fullscreen mode back, you need to update the code as well as allowfullscreen webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen. The embed code will look like this:

<iframe src=”http://www.360cities.net/XXXXXXXXXXXXXX” width=”910″ height=”460″ frameborder=”0″ bgcolor=”#000000″ target=”_blank”allowfullscreen webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen>

  • You can either:
  1. Manually copy and paste this sequence on all your embedded panos: allowfullscreen webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen
  2. Copy and paste the new embed code from your panorama from your 360Cities panorama page which  already has the sequence.

And, if you are a PRO member and using the PRO embed, your beautiful embedded panorama will look like this one:

Apologies for the complication but it couldn’t be avoided.

 

The 360Cities Team

 

Last week, with great excitement and expectations, we launched the first phase of the new 360cities.net.

We would like to thank you, our community, for your overwhelmingly positive reaction. We appreciate your comments, identification of bugs and issues, and suggestions for improvements. Your feedback, whether via Facebook, Twitter, Forum, or email is very important to us and we take it seriously. We are addressing a number of the issues you have reported right now and, while we can’t implement every feature you propose, will strongly consider each of them as we move forward.

Thanks again for your continued loyalty.

The 360Cities Team

We’re thrilled to release the first phase of the new and improved 360cities.net. You’ll notice that the homepage, panorama pages, map, search, photographer profile pages, headers, and footers have been entirely redesigned and features a dramatically improved panorama viewing experience across PC, mobile, and tablets.

 

Highlights of the new design:

- Homepage:

  • The panorama viewer is wider, now the viewing experience is even better.
  • Carrousel: check out other Editors’ Picks by clicking on the carrousel thumbnails.
  • Featured panorama: each week one panorama will be selected by our Editors and it will be featured on our homepage. Write a good title and description for you panoramas and they will have a bigger chance to be featured. Metadata is as important as a good image!

  • Featured Photographers: two photographers will be featured each month. Publish beautiful images and don’t forget to write a nice bio and set a profile image for your account. We want to know a little bit about you!

  • Are you new to 360Cities? Don’t worry, check out “How to make panoramas” video and ask to other photographers your doubts on the 360Cities Forum.
  • We have 4 categories of unimaginable panoramas: underwater, aerial, Mars and panoramas of the imagination. Add your panoramas to these categories using these tags: underwater, aerial, mars and out-of-this-world.

- Panorama page:

There is a new design for your panorama pages! Wider viewer and more info about the panorama: resolution, type, upload and update date… Find more beautiful panoramas easily by clicking on the different tabs: nearby, Editors’ Picks, more from author. Leave your comment below the pano and share it with the world.

 

- Map:

We have an improved map feature. Travel around the world from your sofa.Go to the Map page or click on Open Map just above the pano viewer.

 

 

 

 

 

- Search:

 Type a keyword and choose a category for the search: panoramas, locations or photographers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

- About 360Cities:

360Cities is leveraging the growing demand for rich media digital content in publishing, advertising & film, and mobile app & game development and has become the go to resource for those in search of high-quality 360 degree panoramas. Check out the video and meet some of the 360Cities Team members!

 

- Commission a Gigapixel:

We’ll customize your Gigapixel panorama for location and size.Promote Your Large Crowd Event or Online Campaign with an Interactive Gigapixel Panorama.

 

 

 

 

 

 

-License a panorama:

Panoramas can be used for different purposes and they increase the engagement with your audience!

Our thanks to Maestro photographer  for his collaboration on writing this blog post. You will be envious of his trip to Melanesia, but maybe it’s the closest you can get to it for the time being ;) . Here you are some interesting facts about the Mount Yasur volcano:

  1. It’s is one of the most easily accessible live volcanos in the world. Anyone can walk right up it (361 meters; 1,184 feet) and peer down into its fiery belly.
  2. Huge explosions from the deep inside shake the ground frequently, so if you stand close to the volcano’s edge, it can be a scary experience. Be careful if you go there: three people have been killed over the years because they wandered down into lower, non-safe areas.
  3. Mount Yasur is called ‘‘the lighthouse of the Pacific.” Any guesses why?

Now, let’s enjoy Gregory’s trip without the risk of falling into the volcano:   I arrived at Evergreen Resort :

Tanna, Vanuatu : EverGreen Resort Garden

I went for a swim on the reef :

Tanna, Vanuatu : Evergreen Resort Reef at Low Tide

Then I had a rest in my room :

Tanna, Vanuatu : EverGreen Resort Garden

The day after…Tanna Island has very poor roads, so when they say 4wd they mean 4wd. A very bumpy couple of hours … This is a view from inside a typical banyan where locals can go have a shelter whenever there are cyclones.

Tanna, Vanuatu : Inside a banyan

After having visited this little cascade :

Vanuatu – Tanna Jungle

We continued our tour on our way to Mount Yasur . They call this place “The Belly of Mount Yasur”:

Tanna Island, Mont Yasur Volcano : On my way to the Volcano

This is down the other side of Mount Yasur :

Tanna Island, Mont Yasur : Down the Volcano

On the edge of the crater, first shot at 17h00: There is a bit of a climb up the side of the volcano and there are no real safety arrangements up there, so be careful. It was interesting in daylight, but amazing at night.

Tanna Island, Mont Yasur Volcano, 17h00

17h30 The sun is disappearing, it’s getting harder to shoot …

Tanna Island, Mont Yasur Volcano, 17h30

17h45 shot :

Tanna Island, Mont Yasur Volcano, 17h45

Last shot, at 18h00 :

Tanna Island, Mont Yasur Volcano, 18h00 – The Lighthouse Of The Pacific

The riots on Kiev’s Independence Square ended on February 21. These panoramas were shot by 360Cities contributor Deema on February 22. He says, “that was the first day I had the possibility to take my camera and lens after several months.”

Deema has also spoken of his opinion and thoughts about the events in Kiev.

 

The barricade near Maidan, Kiev.

 

- What was it like away from Independence Square?

 

Euromaidan upper view, Kiev

 

  Almost during the whole time Kiev lived an ordinary life. Indeed, the Government city region (Maidan, Khreschatyk, Grushevskogo, Institutskaya) changed significantly. Other areas were affected for only 3 days, from February 19 – 22, when the Government planned to use brute force and closed the underground transportation.

 

The main barricade, Kiev.

 

Another problem was at night time. The Government brought in many paid provocateurs, called “titushki”, to terrorize the city. I spent several nights as part of a patrol in my neighborhood to maintain the peace.

 

Dynamo stadium, Kiev.

 

The Hill of Cry, Kiev.


 
- What were your feelings after it was over?

People were very upset because of the murders and because they understood that the end is still far off. As for me: I’m still thinking the revolution is the ‘wrong way to solve the wrong problem’, but I’m not ashamed and I helped people to remove the dangerous criminals from authority. “Do, what You must to do, and let it be”.

 

Crowd near the Maidan, Kiev. 

 

- Has Kiev returned to normal life?

Physically yes, psychologically no, and I’m suspecting that ordinary life will not be restored for a long time.

 

Zhovtnevy Palats, Kiev.

Zhovtnevy Palats, Kiev.

We want to thank Deema for his images and remarks. We are always interested in new panoramas of significant events. Let us help you share them with a wider audience.

Las Vegas 2014 - IVRPA Conferences

I’m happy to announce that I will be attending and speaking at what promises to be one of the great 360 photography events of the year – the annual IVRPA Conference in Las Vegas.

360Cities will be unveiling some awesome new stuff, talking about recent developments, and sharing some insights about the business of 360 Photography.

But everyone knows the most important and fun part of a conference like this is for everyone to meet in person. Some of you I have met many times before, others I have communicated with many times over email, facebook, etc. It is always a fun experience for 360 photographers to meet in person. What better place to do it than Sin City itself? ;-)

If you are a 360 photographer, you simply must make some time in your busy schedule and join us in Vegas!

As of this blog post, all the early bird tickets are gone…. there are still some “cheaper” tickets, and there are still some $65 hotel rooms (a gigantic bargain) – so hurry up and start making plans! See you all there! :-)

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The term selfie became popular when the first social networks were launched almost ten years ago. The word describes self-taken photographs. Nowadays, selfies are trending thanks to celebrities, politicians, and artists who share their selfies with the rest of the world.

 Of course, our photographers have created their own selfies…or panofies.

So, here you have some great panofies:

 

Self Portrait, Caribbean. Panorama created by 

Me, Myself and I (360 Self Portrait), Dubai. Panorama created by Roderz Itzme.

Camping in Grimbergen, Grimbergen, Belgium. Panorama created by Littleplanet.nl – Roelof de Vries 

Olbersdorfer See. Panorama created by Mike Weidner – www.panomorph.de

Vía ferrata en Villena, Alicante. Panorama created by Jaime Brotons

Self Portrait, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Panorama created by 

Yalung glasier selfy))), Nepal. Panorama created by

Elevator to heaven, Switzerland. Panorama created by  

Gotcha, Timisoara – Banat, Romania. Panorama created by Valentin Arfire.

Mars Panorama – Curiosity rover: Martian night. Panorama created by Andrew Bodrov

 

 

Tomorrow, February 7th, the XXII Olympic Winter Games will commence with the Games Opening Ceremony in Sochi, Russian Federation. It is interesting to learn that this Olympic Games will be the first Olympics in the Russian Federation since the breakup of the USSR in 1991. The USSR hosted the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.

Watch the Sochi Olympics-2014. Panorama created by Andrey Golubev.

We can take a travel back in time in these two panoramas created on March 2012 by Dashkov Vladimir and observer the construction of the Olympic Village.

Future Olympic village. Panorama created by Dashkov Vladimir.

 

Olympic village. Panorama created by Dashkov Vladimir

 

There are 15 winter sports disciplines: alpine skiing, biathlon, bobsleigh, cross-country skiing, curling, figure skating, freestyle skiing, ice hockey, luge, nordic combined, short track speed skating, skeleton, ski jumping, snowboarding and speed skating.

Here’s a small collection of winter sports-themed panoramas from the always interesting 360Cities database of images contributed by our thousands of members around the world.

If any 360Cities member is attending the Sochi games, we will be more than happy to see your panoramas soon!

59. Vierschanzentournee Oberstdorf – Qualification Day. Panorama created by Marcus Hartmann.

 

Oberhof, Kanzlersgrund, ski jumping arena. Panorama created by Frank Ellmerich.

 

Abandoned bobsleigh track in Vyshgorod (on the track). Panorama created by Malinnikov Ruslan.

 

Vilnius Curling Cup 2010. Panorama created by Aleksandr Reznik.

 

Biathlon Osrblie. Panorama created by Cibula Vincent

 

Bessans Nordic Ski Race. Panorama created by Stephane Craffe.

 

 Latvian snowboard championship at Milzkalns skiing resort, Latvia

Latvian snowboard championship at Milzkalns skiing resort, Latvia. Panorama created by Vil Muhametshin.

 

Ice Hockey match in Kajot Arena, Masaryk University vs Brno University of . Panorama created by Vlastislav Tauterman.

 

Skating In Hurghada. Panorama created by www.360tourist.net.

Good luck Curiosity!

Presenting, the brand new panorama from Mars created by Andrew Bodrov, our official Martian panomaker.

This new interactive panorama (Sol 530) from NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover shows the Dingo Gap – about 3 feet (1 meter) high sand dune.

The team operating the Curiosity rover will likely drive the rover over a dune and across a valley with fewer sharp rock hazards than alternative routes. The Curiosity Mars rover may traverse the valley, on the east side of the dune, this month. We’d like to wish Curiosity a good trip!


Mars Panorama – Curiosity rover: Martian solar day 530

 

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS, NASA’s Mars Exploration Program. The images for panorama obtained by the rover’s 34-millimeter Mast Camera. The mosaic, which stretches about 30,000 pixels width, includes 101 images taken on Sol 530.

Discover other panoramas of Mars by Curiosity rover:

  • Sol 437 (Martian solar day 437)
  • Sol 177 (Self-portrait of NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity)
  • Sol 136-149 (First 4 billion pixels panorama of Mars)
  • Sol 4 (First color panorama of Mars)
  • Sol 2 (First panorama of Mars by Curiosity rover)

Close to Datong City in China there is a UNESCO-protected site containing more than 51,000 Buddha statues in 252 caves of various sizes. The place is called The Yungang Grottoes.

Thanks to 360Cities Maestro photographer Jacky Cheng, we can admire this masterpiece of Buddhist cave art in China.

Yungang Grottoes – V Cave(2)

The complex was created over sixty years (460-525). Tan Yao, a monk, began carving the Five Caves in the year 460 after the first emperor of the Northern Wei dynasty assumed the throne.

Yungang Grottoes – VI Cave(2)

 

Construction of the Yungang Grottoes is divided into three periods:

1.- The Early Period (460-465): the five main caves were constructed to house the giant Buddha statues (13-15 meters tall). Like the thatched sheds in ancient India, the grottoes have a U-shaped plan and arched roofs. Each cave also has a window and a door. On the outer walls, thatched sheds with 1000 Buddhist statues were carved, which is rarely seen in the tradition of the Chinese history of grotto carving.

Yungang Grottoes – Cave on the 20th 

 

2.- The Middle Period (471-494): During these years, the Chongfu Temple was built as well as the twelve large caves, and up to the 70% of the big caves were dug.

Datong Yungang Grottoes – Cave 19 int…

 

3.- The Late Period (494-525): more than 200 caves (medium-small size)  and niches were constructed in the west of the grotto area, in the Dragon King Temple Valley. These caves have varied and complicated irregular shapes and their decoration was carved on the cliff around the door of the caves.

Datong Yungang Grottoes – 11 Cave loc…

Some of these temples were destroyed in 1122 during a war. But since the foundation of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, caves 5, 6 and 7 are conserved, protected and open to the public.

Datong Yungang Grottoes – V Cave inte…

Yungang Grottoes – VI Cave(1)

 

UNESCO added this art and Buddhist complex to the World Heritage List in December  2001. There are four criteria which qualify the Yungang Grottoes as a World Heritage site:

  1. It is a masterpiece of early Chinese Buddhist cave art.
  2.  Its art represents the successful fusion of Buddhist religious symbolic art from south and central Asia with Chinese cultural traditions.
  3.  The power and endurance of Buddhist belief in China are vividly illustrated by the Yungang grottoes.
  4. The Buddhist tradition of the religious cave art achieved its first major impact at Yungang, where it developed its own distinct character and artistic power.

References:

http://tour.yungang.org/en/

http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1039

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yungang_Grottoes

http://whc.unesco.org/uploads/nominations/1039.pdf