Archive for the ‘Panoramas’ Category

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!

It’s wonderful to see how different countries celebrate Easter. Share yours with us and we will update this post until we cover all the different Easter rituals.

Easter eggs

Did you know eggs are are a traditional symbol of fertility?

Easter Egg – Ukraine

 

Pysanka (Easter egg) museum – Ukraine

 

World’s biggest easter egg – Rumania

 

Easter eggs in front of Zagreb cathedral – Croatia

 

Blessing of meat

This tradition is very important in central and eastern European countries. People go to church with baskets full of meat, eggs and bread. All the food is blessed by the priest before it is eaten later.

Blessing of the Meat – Stadtkirche – Austria

 

Sawdust carpet

This is the biggest festival of the year in Antigua, Guatemala. As the author of the panorama says: “Families and communities work together for hours and hours to make sawdust carpets.” When the procession walks over the carpet it is destroyed.

Holy Week in Antigua, Guatemala: Admiring a Sawdust Carpet at La Merced

 

Processions

There are different kinds of processions depending on the holy day and on the purpose. It is a traditional Catholic expression of Jesus Christ’s passion on the streets.

Preparations for the Good Friday procession, Elche 2013 – Spain

 

Prayer in the Orchard, Elche Easter 2012 – Spain

 

Meeting, Elche Easter 2012 – Spain

 

Procession along Dubrovnik streets on Good Friday 2013 – Croatia

 

Waiting for a Procession during Holy Week in Antigua – Guatemala

 

Easter Sunday Procession With The Risen Christ Birgu 2009 – Malta

 

Easter Bunnies

It said that the rabbit is a pre-Christian symbol of fertility and that it symbolizes the beginning of spring.

Hot Bunnies – Switzerland

 

Easter fountain

This German tradition consists of decorating fountains with Easter eggs. It’s a pity, but the decoration only remains for two weeks after Easter.

Riedlhuette Easter Fountain – Germany

 

Schechingen Easter, Bavaria – Germany

 

Easter fire

Typically from Northwestern Europe, this celebration is a lit of a bonfire during Easter. It can be a secular or a religious ritual.

Eastercelebration in Dalen – Netherlands

 

Easter Performances

One of the Calder Valley’s (England) most popular folk attractions is the annual Pace Egg Play. Its origins are now lost in the mists of time, but it continues delight generation after generation with a delightfully haphazard mix of performance, audience interaction and comedy. In many towns the tradition has died out, but it’s still performed in the upper valley at Hepstonstall, Midgely and Mytholmroyd…

Performing the Pace Egg play at Heptonstall, Good Friday 2014 – England

PEOPLE

 

Masai exhibition, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. Panorama created by 

 

Obviously, my job is boring… Rotterdam, Netherlands. panorama created by  

 

Osiris Plays a Small Room, Philadelphia, USA. Panorama created by 

 

Dunas De Maspalomas, Canary Islands, Spain. Panorama created by 

 

Westminster Underground station, London, UK. Panorama created by 

 

Scenes from the past, Rundale Palace, Latvia. Panorama created by  

 

A crowd of deer fawn in the precincts of Todai-ji Temple, Japan. Panorama created by 

 

OUT OF THIS WORLD

 

Lightpainting panorama in abandoned church. Panorama created by  

 

Mars Panorama – Curiosity rover: Martian solar day 437. Panorama made by 

 

Hexentanz / pantheon v1.0 of Vilnius gods. Panorama created by 

 

Eye of the earth. Panorama created by 

 

Ugolek. Panorama created by 

 

Close to the lava. Panorama created by 

 

Flying past the Eiffel Tower (MS Flight Simulator computer graphics). Panorama created by 

 

The Vale of Tears, Alice Madness Returns. Panorama created by 

 

Whitechapel Market, Alice Madness Returns. Panorama created by 

 

Out of this world 2. Panorama created by 

 

WonderOaks. Panorama created by  

 

Hands all around. Panorama created by 

 

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

PLACES

 Ruhrgas 01, Germany. Panorama created by  

 

Carpet Repair Workshop, Shiraz, Iran. Panorama created by  

 

A garden in Venice, Italy. Panorama created by 

 

Giostra (carousel) – Livorno, Tuscany, Italy. Panorama created by 

 

SUBTE Linea A – 2011, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Panorama created by  

 

Cascade Gairaut, France. Panorama created by 

 

Flower Shop gigapixel panorama, Poland. Panorama created by 

 

Thrift store, Bremen, Germany. Panorama created by  

 

House of Poems, Shiraz, Iran. Panorama created by  

 

Untitled, Bavaria, Germany. Panorama created by  

 

The reyes hall in Alhambra of Granada, Spain. Panorama created by  

 

Phenoix flower (Flame Flowe), Taiwan. Panorama created by 

 

Puerto Mogan – Yellow Submarine interior cockpit, Canary Islands, Spain. Panorama created by 

 

Serpentine, London, UK. Panorma created by  

 

Autostadt Wolfsburg – Autoturm, Germany. Panorama created by  

 

The Workshop, Canada. Panorama created by 

 

Diving club – ship deck, Egypt. Panorama created by 

 

Conoco at Commerce, USA. Panorama created by  

 
 

BIRD’S EYE VIEW

Bologna, Italy. Panorama created by .

 

Aerial 360 of Royal Sibaya Hotel, Durban, South Africa. Panorama created by  .

 

Panorámica aérea sobre Punta Galera, Portinatx, Ibiza, Spain. Panorama created by .

 

Вид на Минск с колеса обозрения в парке Горького, Minsk, Belarus. Panorama created by  

 

Tower Of Juche Idea, Asia. Panorama created by  

As we are about to begin 2014, we’d like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and enjoy some amazing panoramas from 2013.

 

LANDSCAPES

Kilchurn Castle , Loch Awe , Scotland. Panorama created by .

 

Dessin, Quebec, Canada. Panorama created by  .

 

Ahu Tongariki in Easter Island, Polynesia. Panorama created by  

 

Sculpture “Windhosen” from Julia Bornefeld, Husum, Germany. Panorama created by  

 

Three Crosses – West Bohemia, Czech Republic. Panorama created by 

 

 

TEMPLES

Kirkstall Abbey, England, UK. Panorama created by  

 

Nasir Al Mulk Mosque Shiraz, Iran. Panorama created by  

 

The Apocalypse Chapel, Klagenfurt, Austria. Panorama created by 

 

Untitled, Istanbul, Turkey. Panorama created by  

 

North India Ladakh – Monastery Likir inside. Panorama created by  

 

All Saints Margaret Street, the Chancel, London, UK. Panorama created by  

 

Catedral de Sal de Zipaquirá, Colombia. Panorama created by 

 

 

INSIDE

Pizza is ready! Brandenburg an der Havel, Germany. Panorama created by  

 

Hardanger Halne snow hole, Norway. Panorama created by  

 

Dishwasher 2013, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany. Panorama created by  

 

Inside the Organ of the St Bavo Cathedral, Haarlem, Netherlands. Panorama created by  

 

Radio telescope RT-70, Ukraine. Panorama created by  

 

 

NIGHT

BT Tower Night, London, UK. Panorama created by  

 

Flying over Tokyo in a Golden Sunset, Japan. Panorama created by  

 

Bold Coast, Cutler, Maine Pano 7, USA. Panorama created by .

 

To be continued…

Can you imagine how a Martian evening would look like? Thanks to the Martian panorama specialist, , you can now spend a night on Mars.

Andrew has made this Digital Art Compilation by using the Curiosity Rover’s Self Portrait panorama and a photo of the Milky Way made by the European Southern Observatory .

This is an amazing example of how to use two different photographs to create one panorama.

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Can you find Phobos (the moon of Mars) in its fake night sky?

Back in the times of the Roman Empire, people where paid in salt – this is the origin of the word “salary”. If someone calls you “salt of the earth” or “being worth your salt”, it’s always a compliment. Some important facts about salt:

 

- Salt was used as a vital food preservative.

- Salt is required for blood, sweat, digestive juices and efficient nerve transmission.

- Since the 20th century, salt producers have been adding iodine to table salt. This has protected pregnant mothers and children from iodine deficiency diseases, the world’s leading cause of mental retardation.

- The highest usage of salt is for keeping highway winter time safety.

- Salt is a natural food ingredient with no calories.

Information from the Salt Institute.

 

There are beautiful underground salt mines around the world. Here, we are going to focus on salinas, salt deserts and salt lakes which compose amazing landscapes.

 

Salar de Uyuni

With more than 10,000 square kilometers this is the world’s largest salt flat. The salar is located in southwest Bolivia. The salt crust can be over 10 meters thick in the center and when it rains, the salar becomes a wonderful mirror.

 When Heaven and Earth Merge – Alone on the Giant Mirror of Uyuni. Panorama made by 

Boneville salt flats

Over 46 square kilometers of salt flats located in Utah, USA. The total salt crust has been estimated at 147 million tons. The Boneville salt flats are made of 90% table salt. The Boneville salt flats are used as a race track each summer where professional and amateur teams from different countries compete for land speed records.

Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah, USA. Panorama made by 

Great Salt Desert or Dasht-e Kavir

Located in the middle of the Iranian plateau, it covers more than 77,000 square kilometers. This desert recorded the year’s highest surface temperature reaching 70ºC in 2004 and 2005.

Dasht-e Kavir, Iran. Panorama made by 

Salinas Grandes de Jujuy

The dramatic difference in altitudes, ranging from 1,000 meters to 5,000 meter peaks, combined with the stark differences in climate and temperature, helped to produce the Salinas Grandes desert.

Salinas Grandes of Jujuy, Argentina. Panorama made by 

Gairdner Lake

It is the fourth largest salt lake in Australia. Every March, when the lake is dry, the Dry Lake Racers event is held. The lake is over 60 km long and 40 km wide and the salt crust is over 1.2 meters in some places. Although in summer it can be extremely hot, during the spring time it is an attraction for bird-watchers and botanists.

Lake Gairdner surface, Australia. Panorama made by 

 

 

 

The planet Earth has proven to be too limiting for our awesome community of panorama photographers. We’re getting an increasing number of submissions that depict locations either not on Earth (like Mars, the Moon, and Outer Space in general) or do not realistically represent a geographic location on Earth (either because they have too many special effects or are computer generated) and hence don’t strictly qualify for our Panoramic World project.

But many of these panoramas are extremely beautiful or popular of both.

So, in order to accommodate our esteemed photographers and the huge audience that they attract to 360Cities with their panoramas, we’ve created a new section (we call it an “area”) called “Out of this World” for panoramas like these.

Here you have some examples of Out of this World panoramas:

Tribute to Escher. Panorama made by 

 

Mars Panorama – Curiosity rover: Martian solar day 177. Panorama made by 

 

Back in the Lab. Panorama made by 

 

You can check more panoramas like these in our “Out of this World” area or type this tag in the search box on the website: @tags out_of_this_world.

Any 360Cities member can upload an Out of this World panorama: Just upload a pano and click the “This pano is Out of this World” checkbox. Your panorama will be reviewed before being sent out of this world.

 

 

The 360Cities Team

Panorama photographers are an active group…and active people generally appreciate sports. Check out the 8 awesome sports related panos below.

Thanks all for your sports submissions!

 

Motocross International Classic Neuvilly, France. Panorama made by 

 

Center Court, Klagenfurt, Austria. Panorama made by  

 

Coasteering at Porth Dafarch, Wales, UK. Panorama made by 

 

Trophy truck sequence at Baja1000, 2012, Mexico. Panorama made by 

 

Karate Kids in Avrora sport club. Kherson region, Ukraine. Panorama made by 

 

Davis Cup Tennis – Brazil versus Russia, Brazil. Panorama made by 

 

Flying gliders, Tyumen. Russia. Panorama made by 

 

23rd Munich Marathon shortly before the start, Munich, Germany. Panorama made by 

360Cities PRO member  has just published another stunning panorama stitched from images taken by the Curiosity Rover on Mars. The rover has been enjoying digging into the Mars surface and has collected some samples of the Martian rocks.  Sometimes, 360Cities photographers are out of this world!

NASA’s Mars Exploration Program (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS) 

Curiosity Rover’s Self Portrait at “John Klein” Drilling Site

 


Mars Panorama – Curiosity rover: Martian solar day 177

Andrew has added a nice description of it:

This self-portrait of NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity combines 66 exposures taken by the rover’s Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) during the Sol 177th of Curiosity’s work on Mars (Feb. 3, 2013).

The rover is positioned at a patch of flat outcrop called “John Klein”, which was selected as the site for the first rock-drilling activities by Curiosity. The self-portrait was acquired to document the drilling site.

The rover’s robotic arm is not visible in the mosaic. MAHLI, which took the component images for this mosaic, is mounted on a turret at the end of the arm. Wrist motions and turret rotations on the arm allowed MAHLI to acquire the mosaic’s component images. The arm was positioned out of the shot in the images or portions of images used in the mosaic.

At the bottom of this panorama is the hole in a rock. The drilling took place on Feb. 8, 2013, or Sol 182, Curiosity’s 182nd Martian day of operations. The sample-collection hole is 0.63 inch (1.6 centimeters) in diameter and 2.5 inches (6.4 centimeters) deep. The “mini drill” test hole near it is the same diameter, with a depth of 0.8 inch (2 centimeters).

The images for full panorama obtained by the rover’s 34-millimeter Mast Camera. The mosaic, which stretches about 30,000 pixels width, includes 113 images taken on Sol 170 and an additional 17 images taken on Sol 176.

Wired magazine has a piece about this panorama today. And here are some more 360Cities panos of the red planet.