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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

Andrew Bodrov loves space. That is a fact. Some time ago he started to stitch photographs from the Curiosity Rover and he created amazing panoramas from Mars. Now, he is on the Moon and has made a panorama from the view from the Chang’e 3 spacecraft.


Andrew used photos from www.chinanews.com and one of the Sun from www.arstechnica.com. Then he stitched those photos and created a pano. It sounds easy…but it isn’t. Here you can enjoy the view from the Moon.

 

 

The Chang’e 3 is a lunar mission operated by the China National Space Administration (CNSA). It was launched into space last December as part of the Chinese Lunar Exploration Program. Chang’e 3 is the first probe to land on the Moon since the Soviet Union’s Luna in 1976.

References:

CNSA

Wikipedia

NASA

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Ameenpur, India. Panorama created by  

Amvrakikos Gulf, Greece. Panorama created by  

Shandong Rongcheng China’s “Cape of Good Hope”——Chengshantou, China. Panorama created by  

Raja Ampat Islands – Sailing at Pulau Pef, Indonesia. Panorama created by  

Sorgschrofen Sunrise, Allgaeu, Germany. Panorama created by  

Olho dagua River, Bonito, Brazil. Panorama created by  

Boys head out to fish, Matemwe, Zanzibar, Tanzania. Panorama created by  

Flowerfields, dutch tulips, Netherlands. Panorama created by 

Havasu Falls Apr 2013, Arizona, USA. Panorama created by 

Drift Wood Shelter, New Zealand. Panorama created by 

Arslanagic bridge, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Panorama created by  

Sólheimajökulsvegur Glacier Part 3, Iceland. Panorama created by 

Platamonas Beach Sunset, Greece. Panorama created by 

Karijini Dales Gorge – Circular Pool, Australia. Panorama created by  

Cerrado Stellar I, Veadeiros Tablelands, Brazil. Panorama created by 

Goblin Valley Floor, Emery County, Utah, USA. Panorama created by 

Misty woods (japanese ceder), Japan. Panorama created by 

Cascada del Molino de San Pedro, Spain. Panorama created by  

Victoria falls in Zimbabwe side. Panorama created by 

Pratinha Cave, Brazil. Panorama created by  

Autumn colour of Atami-Baien (Atami plum garden), Japan. Panorama created by 

To be continued…

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We are proud to announce that the 360Cities app is has just been launched for Windows 8 phones.

Just go to the Windows Phone Store and search for 360Cities, and download the app for free. After the installation, you will be able to spend hours seeing the most amazing 360Cities panoramas.

 

Do you have a swivel chair? It might be a good idea to get one. Why? The 360Cities app has a motion-sensitive panorama viewer that allows you to move around in the interactive panoramas just by moving your Windows 8 phone.

And there are more features you will find useful too:

- View the best, most popular, most recent and nearest panoramas to your current location.

- Comment on panoramas and read what others have to say about them.

- Save all your favorite panoramas in your account, so you can easily find your desired pano later on (ideal if you plan to travel somewhere).

- Search for panoramas anywhere in the 360Cities World Map: take a virtual tour of pretty places and travel from city to city with ease.

 

 

In addition, 360Cities panoramas are also part of the Windows 8 Travel app and some of the best images from 360Cities are featured on Bing.com homepage from time to time. We’re proud that 360Cities content lives in the Windows ecosystem and can be viewed by users of the new version of our app,  Windows, Bing.com.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Windows 8 team and the 360Cities photographer community for continuing to build an awesome panoramic world.

The 360Cities Team

We are pleased to announce our new Sets feature. Organize your panoramas in Sets and share them with your family, friends and customers. You can create as many Sets as you want: your holiday trip, business panos or neighbor’s birthday…

It is really easy to categorize your panos and create your own gallery. Go to your dashboard and click on “View and Edit sets”, then create a new Set, write a name and description and select the panoramas you want to add.

 

Publish your Set and share it via Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Pin it.

 

This feature is very intuitive, but if you need more information check the 360Cities Help Center  or contact us.

Sets are only available for Plus, Pro and Company accounts. Upgrade to a paid account to enjoy this and other useful features.

The 360Cities Team