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Editor’s Picks are a carefully selected category of 360Cities panoramas that are especially amazing due to their: location, scenery, light, technique… Editor’s Picks are carefully chosen by the 360Cities editorial team.

Editor’s Picks are recognizable by the star to the right of the panorama title in the upper left hand corner of the panorama. Editor’s picks are featured on the 360Cities homepage, they can be selected as the Featured Panorama and also be shared on the “Interactive Panorama of the Week” newsletter.

But now you can nominate Editor’s Picks as well.

 

How?

- Share your nominated panorama via Twitter and Google+ with the hashtag #360CitiesPick

 

 

 

 

 

 

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- Post that panorama on the 360Cities Facebook Timeline and mention “My 360Cities Pick”

 

Each week we will check all those panoramas shared by you via Facebook, Twitter and Google+ and choose a selection of them as Editor’s Picks.

Don’t wait and start sharing those beautiful images you find on 360Cities.

The 360Cities Team

First of all, we want to thank Bill Edwards for writing this post and for his amazing work!

This panoramic photo series is focused on the work sites of the SR 99 Tunnel Project where a bored tunnel will replace the aging Alaskan Way Viaduct in Seattle, Washington.

Above the Launch Pit, SR 99 Tunnel Project, Seattle, WA

 

Background on the SR 99 Tunnel Project:

The original viaduct is a two deck elevated section of State Route 99 that runs north-south above the surface street, Alaskan Way, along Seattle’s waterfront by Elliott Bay. The roadway was damaged during the 2001 Nisqually earthquake and had to be temporarily closed for emergency repairs.

 

South Cut-and-Cover, SR 99 Tunnel Project, Seattle, WA

 

In the decade following the quake, state and local agencies studied more than 90 alternatives for replacing the viaduct. Leaders from the state, King County, City of Seattle and Port of Seattle ultimately recommended a bored tunnel, along with a host of other improvements, to replace the waterfront section of the viaduct. It was the only alternative that would allow SR 99 to remain open during construction, maintaining a vital stretch of state highway.

 

Bottom of Launch Pit, SR 99 Tunnel Project, Seattle, WA

 

The SR 99 tunnel is a 2 mile tunnel in Seattle that is being bored by the world’s largest tunnel boring machine, named Bertha. Seattle Tunnel Partners, the contracting team hired by WSDOT (Washington State Department of Transportation) to build the tunnel, is working to open the tunnel to traffic in late 2016. WSDOT maintains a website that keeps the public informed of the activity and progress on the project. Here is the address: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/Viaduct/

 

Northern Edge of Bored Tunnel, SR 99 Tunnel Project, Seattle, WA

 

The story behind the panoramas:

As a former architect, the project intrigued me so I contacted a person in the communications department at WSDOT whose responsibility was the tunnel project. I indicated my interest in the project and suggested that virtual reality panoramic photography would be a great way to showcase the project online and would add dimension to their current online presentation of the project. The WSDOT site already had still photo galleries on Flickr and construction camera pages with time-lapse images so 360 panoramas would be a natural addition. Fortunately my contact immediately visualized the possibilities and benefits and decided to explore how to go forward.

 

Below Bertha, SR 99 Tunnel Project, Seattle, WA

 

After deciding how to proceed, my contact scheduled a photo shoot of the construction activity at the south portal, the launch site of the tunnel project on August 7, 2014. She and an onsite WSDOT inspector signed me in, outfitted me and escorted me through the job site during photography. The site is a closed site so I had to sign in under their sponsorship, sign a liability waiver, wear boots, an orange safety vest, hard hat, safety googles and gloves. The shoot lasted 2 hours during which I shot 8 panoramas, 5 of which are featured in the virtual tunnel tour. A second shoot at the north portal, where the tunnel emerges, took place with the same conditions on September 12, 2014. That shoot lasted about an hour and a half during which I shot 5 panoramas, 4 of which were selected for the virtual tunnel tour.

 

Tunnel Receiving Pit, N Portal, SR 99 Tunnel Project, Seattle, WA

 

Prior to the first shoot I didn’t know what to expect. I thought I’d have more time. What I didn’t know until later is that the narrow window of time that I was allotted was way more than usual. So my experience was that I needed to visualize the shots quickly and work fast to capture enough source images to create a usable panorama. I was in their house and had to adapt to what was going on because everything was in motion and nothing stopped to accommodate my photography. One of my challenges was to assess the movement of cranes, other equipment and construction workers and shoot enough frames during brief pauses in activity so I’d be able to successfully stitch them together into one realistic scene without parallax or other errors. I had to be conscious of picking stable surfaces for the tripod and assess how to shoot to get rid of tripod and extraneous people shadows in the down shots. I also needed to be mindful where my escorts were standing so I could instruct them where to move if they didn’t want to be in the shot. Since this was a once in a lifetime opportunity I tried to take enough extra ‘safety’ shots so every set up would result in a complete usable panorama. In summary, I had to visualize and work fast and try not to make mistakes.

 

North Portal, SR 99 Tunnel Project, Seattle, WA

 

To get to the locations onsite required me to make several trips up and down temporary jobsite metal stair ways and vertically pitched extension ladders. I carried my camera in a Crumpler ‘6 Million Dollar Home’ camera bag and clipped my tripod to it with sling and climbing carabiner so I’d have both hands free on those extension ladders. That worked pretty well because I felt much safer with both hands on those steep exposed ladders. I shot with a Nikon D600 full frame DSLR, a Sigma 15mm f2.8 fisheye lens and Yongnuo RF-603N radio triggers. My tripod is a Manfrotto 190CXPRO4 with a Really Right Stuff BH-40 ballhead. On top of the ball head is a RSS panning bracket and a one-of-a-kind panoramic head that I designed and built for the Nikon D600 with the Sigma 15mm fisheye lens. It is significantly lighter and less expensive than any commercially available product. I designed it specifically for high country wilderness hiking trips where weight carried is a paramount consideration.

 

North Cut-and-Cover, SR 99 Tunnel Project, Seattle, WA

 

The people that I met at WSDOT and on the work site were all very enthused about the project and really great to work with. It was exciting for me to be onsite and creatively satisfying to have the opportunity to make these panoramas which help the public actually see what is going on inside the project since tours inside the work zone are not possible for the general public.

 

Operations Building, SR 99 Tunnel Project, Seattle, WA

 

Submitted by: Bill Edwards 

 

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