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John Warkentin says:

On the Tram in Melbourne

(if I do more of these I need to remember to shoot a set of “hand photos” to strip in later)

Big up to Bill Bailey for the hat!!


I have now put this pano online on my site in a simple tour. I put a little mirror ball where my hand was holding the Nodal Ninja Travel Pole.

This pano was shot at 8mm on the Canon 8-15mm in 3 frames (120 degree clicks) at 1/10th, F4 and ISO 1250 on a Canon 5DMk3

The tram was not moving at the time this was shot as it was at the “Town Hall” stop on Collins Street near Swanston St at the time.

I did attempt a pano at 13mm while the tram was in motion but I have yet to review the frames as I didn’t think they would work at the time I shot them.

The 8mm version I followed up with seemed to work (in my head at least) while I was doing the capture. I feel it did come together pretty well in the end.

I did have to use PTGui’s Viewpoint correction on one of the frames to help with alignment.

John P. F. Warkentin's photo.



Jim Newberry says:

Recently finished an overhaul of my pano site; thought I’d share it. If anyone has problems viewing these, would be great to know which device/OS you’re using.

360° Panorama & Virtual Tour Photography | Panoramic Eye

Virtual Tour/VR/360° panorama photographer, based in Los Angeles, California and available for assignments around the globe.


Zeljko Soletic says:

24 hour ago, Sai head, Solepole

Arnaud Villefranque says:

 Gardens of ‪#‎Tarbes‬ Midi-Pyrénées France

Visite virtuelle des jardins de Tarbes – Hautes-Pyrénées – Midi-Pyrénées

Visite virtuelle des jardins Tarbes dans les Hautes-Pyrénées en Midi-Pyrénées





Nicholas Roemmelt says:

Yesterday at 8:41am


Tre Cime di Lavaredo in the heart of the Dolomites, is on the very top of the bucket list of nearly every landscape photographer. The sunset we were witnessing two weeks ago gives the reason why. If you are searching a little bit you are still able to find some lesser often seen perspectives on the famous and very popular mountains.…/…/

Nicholas Roemmelt's photo.

Saroj Baniya shared Saroj Baniya‘s photo.

October 12 at 4:55pm

Saroj Baniya's photo.

Saroj Baniya

October 12 at 4:24pm · Edited

A winter morning Panoramic view of ancient city “patan durbar square Nepal (one of the “UNESCO World Heritage” sites in Kathmandu valley)”. On 25 April 2015 devastating earthquake hit Nepal & destroyed many historic monuments and lost many lives.. For High resolution image & more work: visit

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Lisaandrik Winter

October 5 at 7:35pm

Hi I’ve only just joined this forum. I’m a newbie lol I want stark critism on a website I’ve just set up about all things VR. Its basic a way to introduce people to VR and a steep learning curve for me.

Hope this is allowed. Delete if not.

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What is this thing they call Virtual Reality? (VR)

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Gumir Jamil

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New Ricoh Theta

Yes, there is a new one. It is almost great. It’s definitely better than 360fly and Kodak Pixpro, both of which are made completely obsolete by this little $349 camera. (But it is no comparison to Sphericam with its 4K 60FPS resolution 36o video 😉

• Image sensor size 1/2.3 (x2)
• Aperture F2.0
• Shutter speed Still image: 1/6400 to 1/8 second, Still image (manual): 1/6400 to 60 seconds, Video (L): 1/8000 to 1/30 second, Video (M): 1/8000 to 1/15 second, Live streaming (USB): 1/8000 to 1/15 second, Live streaming (HDMI): 1/8000 to 1/30 second
• Image sensor effective pixels Approx. 12MP, Output size: Approx. 14MP
• File size (still images) L: 5376×2688, M: 2048×1024
• File size (videos) L: 1920×1080/30fps/16Mbps, M: 1280×720/15fps/6Mbps
• Live streaming (USB) 1280×720/15fps
• Live streaming (HDMI) L: 1920×1080/30fps, M: 1280×720/30fps, S: 720×480/30fps, *Switch automatically to adjust to connected display
Communications protocol HTTP (Open Spherical Camera API*7 compatible)

Looking back at Sept 11 2001

World Trade Center 1

Mark Fink says, “I think what strikes me about this image is how time and events can transform even the most mundane images into icons enfused with so much history and emotion. At the time, I was just hoping I wouldn’t get yelled at for using a tripod!” and the aftermath:


Matt Kaye says,

Some of you may remember a few of Balloon Planets I posted a few weeks back, well here’s a shed load more in interactive form, I’ve added some Planet View buttons to add some fun and the balloons are pretty cool in Planet mode. Europes Largest Balloon Festival.. Enjoy!

Matt Kaye's photo.

Marcio Cabral
 shot this panorama:



Ali Zareiee, the 56 gopros on a helmet wearing guy, shot this:





Matthew Rogers says: “Here’s the download link for the GearVR version. You will need the ORBX player to view it:…/lamborghini_sv30_yellow.png.z…

First final interactive 360º VR from Salon Privé, yellow Lamborghini SV30:…/lambo_sv_30_front/index.html


New Kodak Pixpro SP360-4K

But it’s obsolete already because of the new Ricoh Theta.

JK Imaging has announced the latest version of its 360-degree-shooting Kodak action cameras, the Pixpro SP360-4K. As those last digits in the name suggest, the new model makes the jump to recording its spherical content in 4K. GIZMAG.COM


And let’s never forget the original “Sphere cam” by Dan Slater


Vladimir Kushnarev‎ shot “Monochrome Tuscany”



Henry Alvarez says,

Let me introduce my brother’s band, he’s the one playing sax grin emoticon

Concierto callejero de la banda de Soul Smokey Blue en Ponferrada con motivo de la inauguración de la nueva decoración del bar Quinto Pino. ROTTODIGITAL.COM|BY ENRIQUE ALVAREZ

Jason Villmer is selling some poor old obsolete Ladybug cameras

FOR SALE IMMEDIATELY: High-Defintiion 360º Video Production Kit

PRICE: €9,000 (originally €18,000)
CONDITION: Like new. Works great.
LOCATION: Europe (Italia)

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High quality, industrial cameras – USB3 Vision, GigE Vision, FireWire, and USB 2.0

Our friend in Dubai Gerald Donovan starts us drooling on the 250MP sensor from Canon

So then. Canon’s new 250MP sensor then. I thought I’d run some numbers… 200mm lens on this thing, shoot a full sphere (less than 3000 images), and you’d have a 400 gigapixel image. See More
Canon today announced that it has created a monster of a CMOS sensor with the world’s highest pixel count (for its size). The DSLR-format sensor manages to PETAPIXEL.COM

Marco Corongi shoots Church of San Massimo

Marco Corongi's photo.

Hi dear friends, i wanted to share one of my latests aerial panoramas, hope you like it




Panorámica aérea de Toledo en una mañana de agosto cuando los primeros rayos de sol revelan volúmenes y texturas de una ciudad rodeada por el rio Tajo cuya historia se remonta a la edad de bronce. PANORAMICASAEREAS.ES|BY JAIME BROTONS CANO

Ivan Pedretti says,

The Three Peaks, Drei Zinnen, on the night of July at 2450m with the moonset, during a photographic weekend with landscaper friends.
Sony α7II, Samyang 14, 30″ 2.8 3200 ‪#‎SonyA7II‬ ‪#‎A7II‬ ‪#‎dolomiti‬

Panoramic of Tre Cime di Lavaredo (drei Zinnen) with milky way and Moonset.

Aaron Priest says,

This is Eagle Lodge & Camps in Lincoln, Maine on Folsom Pond, August 3, 2015, 6:26 PM. A group of kayakers is paddling away for some quick fishing before sunset while another group enjoys supper in the lodge.

Shot with a Nikon D810, Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8, Panoneed, Promote Control, and Really Right Stuff TVC-34L tripod w/ leveling base @ 14mm, f/11, ISO 64, and 1/5 to 1/50 shutter speeds; 2 rows of 7 columns plus 1 dedicated zenith shot, times 3 brackets of 1.7 EV stops, for a total of 45 photos. HDR blending to 16-bit DNGs was done with Lightroom, stitching of 16-bit TIFFs with PTGui Pro, and final blending with Photoshop. The finished panorama is 169 megapixels and measures 61” x 30”. Displayed with PanoTour Pro.


Eagle Lodge and Camps in Lincoln, Maine on Folsom Pond. AARONPRIESTPHOTO.COM

Per Bruus says,

I have these two Coastall 4,88mm, which I had planned to use to panovideo but have lost interest. They are 185 ° so there may be overlap enough to fit two opposite cameras. If anyone here is interested is welcome to send PM with a reasonable bid. New price was 5500 USD per. pieces. They are with T2 adapter and with the proper adapter it can be used on all DX camera. Shipping to EU only.

Per Bruus's photo.

Steve Perry says,

I had the privilege of being invited to create a 360˚ virtual tour of this year’s Diner en Blanc pop-up party on Aug. 27 at Pershing Square in LA. About 1,000 people attended this private party, where two requirements were to wear ALL WHITE, and bring your own food, table & chairs. CRAZY wild time!

Steve Perry's photo.

This “stuff” ( is going to stereo and VR goggles ready … can’t wait the season to start…yeah! (now a ‘hunt’ for people to help me… suffer, pain, hunger, thirst… and no paid job … Avanti Popolo! )

Boštjan Burger's photo.


I love shooting panos of the sunrise over the city, especially when the fullmoon set on the same time. Last weekend a had the opportunity to rent the new Canon 5Ds and make some shots with it. Feel free to discover the result for yourself:

Setup: Canon 5Ds | Sigma 50mm Art | Panoneed… See More

Jerome Boccon-Gibod says,

One of the most famous Rooftop Bar in NYC
De loin le rooftop bar le plus connu et le plus spectaculaire à New York ! Pour admirer Manhattan à la tombée de la nuit il faut soit prendre du recul, soit de la hauteur… Situé au vingtième étage d’un building, le 230 Fifth offre une des …

 New Google Streetview App!


Google’s mobile Street View app is getting a big update on iOS and Android today: you can now contribute your own 360-degree photos to Google Maps. It work. THENEXTWEB.COM|BY NAPIER LOPEZ

New Ricoh Theta!

Ricoh has announced a new version of their Theta camera. The Theta is the best single-shot 360 camera currently on the market today (until Sphericam starts shipping of course). And the new version offers a couple great improvements: It has a “larger sensor” (I read that to mean that the sensor is the same size but it has higher resolution), giving higher resolution still panoramic photos and panoramic video at 1920×1080 resolution and 30FPS (which makes something like the Bubl camera obsolete). Some samples (photos that come included with the new app) were published on Facebook


Here is a sample photo in interactive format:

Outdoor beach scene theta S – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

It appears that Ricoh has not improved their frankly awful user experience on their website – the panorama is still taking up to 30 seconds to load which is really very silly.


World’s Largest Camera

Ok, not really VR 😉 but as a gigapixel photographer, this obviously made me drool. Some badass astronomers are building a telescope that will shoot 3.2 gigapixels per shot, allowing it to capture the whole night sky in unprecedented detail… every day!


Japanese Streetview for Cats 


I guess there is really nothing I can say about this.


Visit Ecuador 

Javier Hernandez published some VR panoramas from Ecuador


How to shoot 360 video?

Shai Schcolnik starts an interesting discussion over on the Panoramic Photographers on Facebook group.

Hi all,

I’m wondering about 360 video. I understand that if I use a static rig I can mount it and have the pole holding the rig disappear. but what if I want to move the camera? is there a way to shoot 360 video without seeing the person holding it?

The only option I can think of right now is to place the camera directly above the person and cover him with a logo or something. is there a more elegant way? without a nadit cap?



  • Thomas Sharpless 1) With the pole slanted or horizontal, integrate the camera person into the action. 2 ) Use a small RC robot instead of a person. 3) attach camera to a vehicle that is part of the action. 4) Hang the camera from a long crane and patch stock sky over it. Etc., etc.
  • Shai Schcolnik nice, almost invisible! I talked to a museum about shooting a walk-through an exhibition an one of the things they insisted is that no person should be seen.
  • Joergen Geerds in addition to what Thomas Sharpless mentioned, you can use the F360 Explorer for example as a cable cam (Ignacio Ferrando Margelí did show some of his amazing work at the IVRPA conference). In general, I find almost all head/helmet mounted “rigs” “not great’ simply because humans can’t keep their heads still, and they all suffer from gigantic parallax errors. Radiant Images build a promising rig solving a part of the problem by making it more stable. helmet mounts today are very experimental, and rarely produce usable footage, IMO. There were some exceptions where a helmet mount was really the only option (i.e. athletes doing things like skydiving, base jumping (where parallax doesn’t matter) or skiing). as a film maker, i really dislike helmet mounts because they are incredible dehumanizing, especially for scenes that could be shot differently, leaving often strange body artifacts that represent nothing a normal human can relate to.
  •  Joergen Geerds In general, is a more targeted group for such questions.  Ali Zareiee, the maniac who is building a helmet with a billion gopros stuck to it, published a new 360 video shot from it.



New Helmet 360 Video

Ali Zareiee, the maniac who is building a helmet with a billion gopros stuck to it, published a new 360 video shot from it.


Forte da Graça tour for Google Cardboard, with sound!

Nuno Madeira says: Forte da Graça is a abandoned historic fortress here in Portugal near city of Elvas. Some historians consider unique in its kind. Updated this simple tour with some details and available in VR heads. with sound.


  • The annual PANOTOOLS MEETING has finally been announced, only days in advance of the actual event, but hey, better late than never: It will be held August 24-26 in lovely Ljubljana Slovenia, and hosted by the great pioneer VR Photographer Bostjan Burger.


  • Zeljko Soletic complains that shooting panoramas from a pole is too complicated (I tend to agree, actually) but comes out with a nice result:

  • Tom Sharpless, the mad tinkerer, proposes his own pole solution, which is a surveyor’s pole:


Tom Sharpless continues his experiments using dual Sony NEX-5n to make stereo panoramic photos. Do you have a Gear VR? Check it out.

You can also join the discussion on Facebook.


Ariel Mikel presents his new site, Ciudad Esferica, with lots of beautiful 360 photos from Argentina:


Szymon Madej makes his first Milky Way Panorama:


Zeljko Soletic publishes more “Mcdonalds” panoramas (i.e. shot and processed very quickly) which always erupts into a big fight on Facebook, 🙂


Florian Knorn publishes some panoramas he shot in Cesky Krumlov, at the tail end of the IVRPA Prague meeting. I had a great time with Florian, meeting him in person for the first time after communicating with him for many years online.


Ivan Pedretti publishes an amazing photo of the Aurora on 500px


Google Views, the Google platform for sharing 360 photos, is being folded into Google Maps. More on the Google Maps G+ page.