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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 

 

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

The spring is over…at least in the northern hemisphere it is.

Spring is a beautiful season, gorgeous light, flowers bloom, birds begin to sing….it’s a special time indeed.

Don’t be shy and share your beautiful spring panoramas (blog at 360cities.net).

Does your soul sing while your are thinking about your spring days? Enjoy The Black Crowes video, their souls sing.

 

The blooming 360Cities Team

Yesterday was World Oceans Day as declared by the United Nations.

Let’s enjoy some amazing Oceans related panoramas while listening to this beautiful Oceans song by Pearl Jam.

 

 

Sunset Moonrise, Moorea, French Polynesia. Panorama made by 

 

Snorkelling at Moon Reef in Fiji, Melanesia. Panorama made by 

 

Joaquina beach, Brazil. Panorama made by 

 

Lion Fish, Cubba. Panorama made by 

 

Dhow, Mafia Island, Tanzania. Panorama made by 

 

Kaka’Ako Waterfront Park, Hawaii. Panorama made by 

An Searrach, Ireland. Panorama made by 

 

Sunset over Atlantic Ocean in Puerto de la Cruz Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain. Panorama made by 

 

Point Perone Safety Bay, Australia. Panorama made by 

 

Ocean, Out of this world. Panorama made by .

 

 

June 8th is World Oceans Day as declared by United Nations.

Oceans are not just a place where you can navigate or enjoy water sports. They are our planet’s lungs and a major source of food and medicines. We have to take care of them as they are natural raw material generators.

 

“There could be no more fitting way to commemorate World Oceans Day than for all countries
that have not yet done so to ratify the Convention on the Law of the Sea.
Let us make 2012 another milestone year for the world’s oceans, so that we can set sail toward the future we want.”

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Message for World Oceans Day 2012

Send you ocean related panoramas to blog at 360cities.net. We’ll publish the post on June 8th.

The watery 360Cities Team

There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth. We are all crew.
Marshall McLuhan

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

It is our collective and individual responsibility to protect and nurture the global family, to support its weaker members and to preserve and tend to the environment in which we all live.
Dalai Lama

I’m not an environmentalist. I’m an Earth warrior.
Darryl Cherney

 

 

Cagou New Caledonia, Melanesia. Panorama made by .

 

Curung Cilember near Jakarta, Indonesia. Panorama made by 

 

Paragliding near Granada, Spain. Panorama made by .

 

Heart Of School Interior, Green School Bali, Indonesia. Panorama made by 

 

Gyurufu Eco Village Entrance, Hungary. Panorama made by 

 

Organic farm in Kwu Tung, Hong Kong, China. Panorama made by  

 

Kenozero’s jackstraws 1, Russia. Panorama made by 

 

Huaorani Ecolodge, Ecuador. Panorama made by 

 

Shafer Park Green Fest, U.S.A. Panorama made by 

 

Front Steps To the Bamboo House, Indonesia. Panorama made by  

The Green 360Cities Team

Our next theme will be published on April 22nd on International Mother Earth Day.

We ask you to send us your Mother Earth related panoramas. These panoramas should show a beautiful ecosystem picture, collective responsibility happenings connected with the environment, green constructions, green companies…basically, anything that promotes harmony between our human activity and our Mother Earth.

You can send your Green-panoramas to blog@360cities.net

Enjoy this Mother Earth song by Neil Young.

The Green 360Cities team

Winter means cold, darkness, hot soups and teas, staying at home during a chilly evening… But still winter is a wonderful season!

As winter in the northern hemisphere passes into spring (only a rumor in Europe, however), enjoy these beautiful winter panoramas wherever you are!

 

Canada Aviation and Space Museum, Ottawa, Canada. Panorama made by 

 

Tscheppaschlucht Stone Arc, Austria. Panorama made by 

 

Schloss Sans Souci Potsdam, Germany. Panorama made by 

 

Rodelbahn am Hörnle, Bavaria, Germany. Panorama made by 

 

 Up Eryl Farchog, Wales, UK. Panorama made by 

 

Mont Blanc – Monte Bianco: Panorama from Helbronner Point, Italy. Panorama made by .

Buzzards Over a Snowy Malvern, England, UK. Panorama made by 

Gladenkaja – Snow, Russia. Panorama made by 

 

Liberec – Mirror Park Winter Night, Czech Republic. Panorama made by 

 

Playground in the snow I, Wichita, USA. Panorama made by 

Here are your favorite home related panoramas. We’d like to live in any of them…but we aren’t so keen on doing the dishes ;)

Hope you enjoy them!

 

 

Welcome To Paradise. Austria. Panorama made by 

 

On top of the roof of home. Caribbean. Panorama made by 

 
Doing the Dishes. Rotterdam, Netherlands. Panorama made by 

 

Valley view from a house. L.A., California, USA. Panorama made by 

 

Bergamo: Bergamasque Prealps – Refuge Zamboni. Bergamo, Lombardia, Italy. Panorama made by 

 

Caravan at Portugal beach. Portugal. Panorama made by 

 

Northern House – Pioneer Village. Arizona, USA. Panorama made by 

 

Old wooden traditional house, Preluca Noua, Romania. Transsylvania, Romania. Panorama made by 

 

Main room 1 (Crazy House Dalat). Vietman, Asia. Panorama made by 

A house is where we live. Your house can become your home, your own space, a place to share your life with your family and friends. There are all kinds of homes out there: flats in tall buildings, big houses with back yards, caravans, tree houses in the middle of cities, houses in the mountains, houseboats…etc…

Please, share your favorite home related panoramas with us. Send them to blog@360cities.net

The 360Cities team