Hi, fans!

After a short while, we’re back, so let’s have a look together at the coolest stuff uploaded to 360Cities in recent days. After a couple of snow-related editions of our round-up, it now looks like the spring is coming! Finally!

 

Crazy House, Dalat — Stairs labyrinth by Alexey Miroshnikov (click the picture to open the pano)

This week, we open our summary with a lovely shot of a famous guesthouse in Da Lat, Vietnam. It’s called “the Crazy house” for a reason, as Dang Viet Nga, the architect, gave it a really unusual look. Natural elements, used in the construction and design, make it look pretty cool – this is definitely a place to stay!

 

Biawak Island by Dominic Julian (click the picture to open the pano)

Dominic took this pano at Biawak Island in West Java, which can easily be called the paradise. With its amazing fauna and flora, it is really a place to remember – make sure you read Dominic’s description about lizards, corals, fish and so on!

 

The Milky Way arching over Arco Iris by Vincent Lawrence (click the picture to open the pano)

Would it be a proper weekly round-up without a cool night shot? No, for sure. But Vincent’s pano of a Milky way from Patagonia is really amazing. Despite a bit of a light pollution, Vincent captured it wonderfully – and added a couple of interesting stories using 360Cities annotations. Cool!

 

Huuhanmäki observatory by Janne (click the picture to open the pano)

No starry sky here, but certainly a cool pano! Another night panoramic photo takes us to the Huuhanmäki observatory in Kuopio, Finland, so you can see what the sky looks like from up there.

 

Panthéon, Paris by Zeljko Soletic Dubrovnik (click the picture to open the pano)

What we love the most about his pano (apart from its photographic quality, of course!) is the view at the floor, as the perspective looks pretty confusing for the human eye. Just have a look in the direction of one of four statues and you’ll know what we mean.

By the way, Zeljko visited Galerie Médicis, too!

 

Keep scrolling, if you still want more!

Munich Highlight Towers by Mathias  (click the picture to open the pano)

Sharps Chapel, Chon Buri by Artem Ryazanov (click the picture to open the pano)

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We are pleased to announce the launch of the 360Cities automated panorama licensing engine. 360Cities licensing customers will now be able to search for, select, purchase and download limited use licenses in a familiar shopping cart checkout experience. This will allow licensing customers to purchase and download images within minutes, which in turn will help increase your chances of earning royalties from your 360Cities panoramas.

 

 

 

 

The launch of our licensing engine, coupled with our new Distribution Partnership with Getty Images, provides you a unique chance to monetize your 360 images. 360Cities has licensed thousands of our members’ images and paid out hundreds of thousands of dollars in royalties to our members around the world. We expect the rate of growth to increase steadily going forward and we’re pleased to have you on board.

 

You can read detailed information about how the licensing platform works for clients here.

 

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Please note that the prices that appear in the Licensing Engine for the limited use (rights-managed) licenses are list prices. The actual price may be lower if we agree to specific terms with clients on a case-by-case basis. Of course we strive to do what is best for all parties involved in order to grow both our licensing business and your royalties.

Gerald Blondy is a nice man. Look at him, standing on an iceberg.  I love this photo.

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Gerald is a Frenchman living in the deep hinterlands of Moravia. In this remote yet civilized place he builds panoramic photography equipment as Bushman Panoramic. These tripods and panoramic tripod heads are compact, light, well-built devices that are a pleasure to use. I love my Eben tripod, and I want to get a sandbug panohead next – it looks tiny and nice.

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When did you first become obsessed with photography?

My first obsession with photography came in 1998 when I borrowed a film camera from a friend and took it to blues festival. I was lucky to be able to enjoy so much good music when I was living in Virginia and Washington D.C. At that moment I realized how much I enjoyed capturing these moments. I was obsessed with music, acoustics and sound recording. I didn’t get to photography until I was working In Democratic Republic of Congo.

Living in the bush with absolutely nothing around during my free time the only thing I had was time and a Minolta A2 (8Mpix) in my hands and nothing else. Ever since I have my camera around.

When I came to Czech Republic in 2008. There I got into panoramic photography and started making plans and making my first panoramic heads. Some months later I decided to develop a series of products and later create Bushman Panoramic. So now 7 years of full time panoramic photography testing and creating.

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How did you discover 360 photography? When was it and what happened next?

I think my first attempt to stitch some 120° panorama was on top of a hill in Congo.

http://virtualvisit.bushman-panoramic.com/kilembe/

I started simple stitch with some hand held panorama, and then started to tried to do complete 360 by reading the process on the Internet. It was catastrophic and so disappointing actually. I actually got into 360 by focusing on the panoramic head. So all my energy was actually testing and developing my first head that was called “Panoramax” then later on “Kalahari”. As the head evolved the shooting went faster and the stitch as a result became easier too.

 

Do you travel much to do your photography?

Yes as much as I can, mostly for testing and taking product photos. I get nervous when I don’t travel. I

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What kind of photography do you like the best?

My preference is by far the 360 in little planet projection. I love doing them and thinking “little planet“.

 

What is your opinion on today’s state of VR? Will VR hit the Mainstream in the next 12 months?

For sure very exciting and interesting to see so many project evolving and working on so many aspects. It is really going in all direction; it is still very new for the grand public. It has open a complete new world of possibilities and options.

 

Who are some of the interesting companies or people who are getting into VR / 360 Photography these days?

Many names come up but of course since many year a team like Airpano are doing really stunning work.

 

What is your opinion about 360 Video?

I find it very exciting. Since 3 years to see the fast evolution of 360 video. Going from 360 photos to 360 videos. This is offering a complete new perspective for VR and so much more possibilities.

 

As a pioneer in building the equipment that panoramic photographers use, what kind of trends have you noticed in the last years / decade that might not be obvious to other people?

As a manufacture the trend is quite evident it is smaller technologies with higher quality output. Doing more with less. This is how 24months ago we pushed the development of SANDBUG panoramic head dedicated for mirrorless cameras.

Photographers will always want to control and decide how they take a photo to make a 360 otherwise “A/S/M” modes would not be on cameras.

 

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How do you think our panoramic medium will evolve over the next years or decades?

Panoramic photography has been produced since decades. Panorama format is very pleasant and comfortable to look at.

Now it is getting simpler, easier, and quicker to produce a 360° panorama.

Unity’s VR Editor Lets You Create VR Content Like a God

http://www.roadtovr.com/unitys-vr-editor-lets-you-create-vr-content-like-a-god/

“You can zoom out and in for different scale operations, but the most powerful aspect of the Chess Board is to allow creators to rapidly drop assets into your scene wit minimal scrolling or physical movement. This sounds fairly pedestrian, but watch as West uses the Chess Board view to grab and move an entire mountain range via the board and the world around her alter to match. Aside from making workflow in VR more efficient, as you’re in VR you instantly get a feel for the scale of the object that’s being moved and whether your intended new location for it works. Designing just as you might were you a God.”

 

One Program Lets You Use Your Entire PC In VR Without Any Fuss

http://www.kotaku.com.au/2016/03/one-program-lets-you-use-your-entire-pc-in-vr-without-any-fuss/

2D games also don’t require a great deal of horsepower to run while in Virtual Desktop. “My app is built on top of DirectX and it is very lightweight,” Godin added in another thread. “It’s very optimized. The impact on the GPU is very low. I’m able to play HOTS with a 770 in VR fluidly to give you an example.”

Virtual Desktop launches on March 28 and will cost US$15, according to Godin. A demo of the program for both the Rift’s development kits is available now via Virtual Desktop’s Steam page.

Note that you’ll want Windows 10 to get the best experience though, as Windows 7 reportedly “doesn’t have low latency APIs to capture the desktop at high frame rates to make a decent enough experience”.

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Virtuix Omni Is New And Improved – Commercial Release Tentatively Slated For Q3 2016

http://uploadvr.com/omni-commercial-release/

Ergonomically, Adams highlighted the harness and ring system that now eschews the previous rock-climbing style and instead, “wraps around your legs instead of your crotch. This has been farm more comfortable for people especially those who use the system for an extended period of time.”

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Sex Ed in VR Can Prepare Young Women for Actual Sex

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/sex-ed-in-vr-can-prepare-young-women-for-actual-sex

A box pops up on the right corner of your screen. It feeds you lines like “Hey, I was just wondering, when was your last STD test?” or “Do you have any condoms?” You choose neither. Pressing forward, you move to the bed. A buzz resonates and the screen freezes: AT-RISK BEHAVIOR, it reads. You are promptly redirected to a 3D tutorial. TRY AGAIN.

Once your turn is over, you remove the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset and pass it to your classmate. She places it on her head and the simulation kicks in outside her date’s dorm room.

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‘Cardboard Enabler’ Opens Google’s VR Library to Gear VR, No Root Required

http://www.roadtovr.com/cardboard-enabler-opens-googles-vr-library-gear-vr-no-root-required/

Google Cardboard apps unfortunately can’t use the Gear VR’s special inertial measurement unit (IMU), but it does hook into your onboard touchpad for ease of use, letting you tap around with the touchpad just like you would with the capacitive button on most Cardboard viewers. The app also provides a handy step-by-step guide so you can enable Gear VR developer mode, letting you turn on global low-persistence for a much higher quality, motion-blur free experience with Cardboard apps—something we didn’t even know you could do.

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Ultrasound Used To Create 3D Shapes In Mid Air That Can Be Seen And Felt

http://www.iflscience.com/technology/ultrasound-used-create-3d-shapes-mid-air-can-be-seen-and-felt

The researchers, who are based at the University of Bristol, envisage that this innovative technology could transform the way that we use 3D haptic shapes. It could lead to touchable holograms to augment learning, or enhanced gaming experience by allowing users to feel features of the game, such as a football. It could even have a place in medicine, for example by allowing surgeons to physically feel tumors by exploring CT scans.

The method, which is described in ACM Transactions on Graphics, exploits an effect produced by ultrasound called acoustic radiation force, which is the scattering and absorption of the acoustic wave. By observing how sound waves behave when they hit an object, it is possible to deduce the shape of the object. The team also realized that it is possible to feel these shapes by focusing complex patterns of ultrasound onto our hands. In doing so, the researchers created air disturbances that could be felt on the skin and seen as floating 3D shapes. The ultrasound patterns cannot be seen by themselves, but the team visualized them by directing the device at a layer of oil so that depressions at the surface appeared as spots when illuminated.

 

BRITISH PATIENT TO UNDERGO WORLD’S FIRST VIRTUAL REALITY CANCER OPERATION

http://3dvrcentral.com/2016/03/25/british-patient-undergo-worlds-first-virtual-reality-cancer-operation/

An operation on a British cancer patient is to be live-streamed around the world using virtual reality technology designed to make viewers feel as if they are in the operating theatre.

It will be performed by Shafi Ahmed, a London surgeon who has been at the forefront of pioneering virtual reality technology in surgery, and who described next month’s operation as a gamechanger for healthcare innovation and education.

The patient, a British man in his 70s with cancer of the colon, has not been named but was said to be excited about the prospect of having his operation watched internationally.

Viewers will be able to watch the surgery at the Royal London hospital from 1pm on 14 April using a smartphone and virtual reality headset. The operation, which will be filmed by a number of specialist cameras placed above the operating table, is expected to last between two and three hours.

It will run a minute or so behind the surgery in case of any unforeseen complications.

Undated handout photo issued by Medical Realities of Dr Shafi Ahmed, consultant surgeon at St Bartholomew's Hospital. A British cancer patient is set to have his operation live streamed using virtual reality technology in a world first. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday March 25, 2016. Viewers will be able to watch the ground-breaking surgery next month using a smartphone and virtual reality headset, making them feel as if they are in the operating theatre. See PA story HEALTH VirtualReality. Photo credit should read: Medical Realities /PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday March 25, 2016. Viewers will be able to watch the ground-breaking surgery next month using a smartphone and virtual reality headset, making them feel as if they are in the operating theatre. See PA story HEALTH VirtualReality. Photo credit should read: Medical Realities /PA Wire

 

Facebook Launches Dynamic Streaming on Gear VR

http://www.vrfocus.com/2016/03/facebook-launches-dynamic-streaming-on-gear-vr/

Dynamic Streaming is a technology designed to aid the distribution of 360 degree video content. Showing only the pixels the viewer is looking at in the highest quality, Dynamic Streaming will scale down the rest of the viewable content to improve bandwidth demands and the speed at which streaming content can be transferred.

A number of 360 degree videos are available to demonstrate the technology, listed in the ‘Facebook trending’ section. Highlighted is a rhino video shot on a GoPro.

Dynamic Streaming is now available for all Gear VR owners without charge (though the video channel itself may in time offer premium content).

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Hulu Releases Virtual Reality App for Samsung Gear VR

http://variety.com/2016/digital/news/hulu-gear-vr-app-virtual-reality-1201737728/

Hulu had first announced its foray into VR back in September of 2015, but the company’s head of experience Ben Smith told Variety this week that his team decided to delay the release to get things right. “We really wanted to build an experience that we believe in,” he said.

Part of that was getting the app itself to work well, and find the best way for consumers to navigate through menus, as well as switch between immersive VR videos and Hulu’s traditional library content. But Hulu also wanted to be able to launch with enough immersive content to keep people interested beyond the first viewing session. Said Smith: “Novelty is not going to be a pleasing experience over time.”

Hulu isn’t the only video service eyeing VR. Netflix launched an app on the Gear VR last fall, but is currently giving its users access only to its regular catalog on the VR headset. Amazon recently indicated with a job posting that it is also interested in distributing VR content, but hasn’t officially announced its plans yet.

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Kevin Spacey is a virtual reality hypebeast

http://www.theverge.com/2016/3/25/11305054/kevin-spacey-virtual-reality-vr

“I am a believer. I’ve been very fortunate to go and see, right up to very recently, where it all is. And I think it’s going to be revolutionary for a whole lot of reasons. First of all, let’s just think about sports […] Imagine that you can buy a ticket to be on the sidelines of a live football match while it’s happening, and be able to go… [He mimes looking around] That’s going to happen. There’s no doubt. Or a concert, that’s going to happen. Paul McCartney did a VR thing last year. Beck did one. Quite remarkably you’re so close to the stage you literally feel you’re there.

I think [virtual reality] will end up being the natural home for capturing the living theater. Because finally we can take a three dimensional experience and retain it as a three dimensional experience. I think it will work in film. Maybe not an entire film, but I think we should try and see if there are five sequences in a movie where that device, whatever it’s going to be… I don’t think it’s going to be this forever. [He mimes a large headset over his face] This reminds me of the first cell phones. I think it’s going to be quite simple, much simpler as time goes by.

But I also think of [virtual reality] in terms of education. I mean, the classroom is probably the single space that we all know that hasn’t change at all since the beginning of time. It’s a chalkboard, seats, and a teacher up front. But imagine if we can bring the best teachers in the world into that classroom. And a student can put on a headset and suddenly be at the bottom of the ocean studying science. Or be in the Globe theater watching actors rehearsing in the 16th century. Or be in the Sydney Opera House while a concert is happening.”

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Marcus Hartmann has been a friend since we were introduced by fellow panorama guru Traugott Emrich. Traugott is the guy who built the Gigapanbot, which was my go-to solution for shooting gigapixels for a few years. The trouble with shooting gigapixel photos is that after you have shot a few thousand pictures that need to be joined together, most computers, even the ones that would normally be considered “workhorses”, are simply not going to work very well. So Traugott introduced me to Marcus Hartmann who worked at Fujitsu. In the workstation department. With computers containing 192 Gigabytes of ram. Yes, that is right, 192 Gigabytes. I can hear your nerd whistles going off from here. So I of course had to meet Marcus and try this out. The Fujitsu Europe headquarters is located in Augsburg, near Munich, about 4 hours drive away from Prague. Marcus and I hit it off – he’s also an avid panorama photographer, as well as a really talented sports photographer, usually oriented towards the paralympics. Since meeting for the first time we have met a number of times both in panoramic photography oriented events, and otherwise. Here is is personal website: http://www.photo-hartmann.de/

 

When did you first become obsessed with photography? And what else are you obsessed with, besides photography?

2002… I started as a music and band photographer. Before I was doing live band lighting and live video performance. Later I focused on sports mainly motorsports, alpine skiing and athletics. Other obsessions? Definitely! I am Vespa rider. I own three old Italian originals from the 70s and 80s, that I rebuild myself.

 

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How did you discover 360 photography? When was it and what happened next?

While I was working in the product management of workstations at Fujitsu I came across Hugin, a free panoramic stiching app. The strong CELSIUS workstations worked nicely with this cool software. I shot my first panorama in Dresden/Germany during a computer simulations tradeshow in 2008. The demo equipment was already in place and had great demo applications for fast data processing. Some weeks later I got in contact with Traugott Emrich who is living close to my hometown Augsburg. We had some beers and discovered new ideas how to shoot highresolution gigapixel panoramas. Traugott mentioned a guy from Prag who was shooting a massive amount of photos in London with one of his selfmade panorama robots (GigaPanBot). The problem was, he did not have the compute capacities to process the data. One day later I got a call from Jeffrey Martin, the founder of 360cites. In 2010 I built the first CELSIUS “Monster” workstation with whooping 192GB of RAM, 32 CPU cores and 8 disks. London 80Gigapixel became a world record.

 

Are you a professional or amateur photographer?

I am Pro.

 

Do you travel much to do your photography?

Yes. My next big trip goes to the Paralympics in Rio in 2016.

 

What kind of photography do you like the best? and of what kinds of things?

I am a hunter style photographer since my beginning in 2003. I rarely organize shoots or scenes. I like to anticipate and wait for the right moment. I shot sports, fast action and strong characters.. I love fisheye lenses and shoot spheres from high poles.

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What is your opinion on today’s state of VR? Will VR, as we know it now, hit the Mainstream in the next 12 months?

First I would like to separate VR into two different categories: Virtual reality and spherical content. VR, in the world of professional computer aided design, is a tool to visualize 3D scenes for reviews. Realistic scenes, products and models will be rendered on high performance computers with big graphic cards in realtime. In the mechanical design industry we can find 3D visualizations since a couple of years now. The power walls and projection caves in the automotive industry are a very good example. Stereoscopic displays and Stereo projections have been also very popular over the last 10 years. Stereo was also introduced to the gaming software industry some years ago. 3D-Gaming is very similar to 3D-Design, the only difference is quality and size. Games provide a wider range a variants and scenes, while CAD is focused on the best visual quality and high amount of details. Both, players and engineer are “working” in the 3D space. Since Oculus Rift is available, software vendors in both markets are integrating this technology. The calculations power of currents graphics hardware can satisfy gamers but not designers. They need greater detail and visual quality. Spherical content like panorama photos and 360 degree movies, are recordings of the real world. Most people call it VR (virtual reality) even it is not virtual! You can just “walk” on the timeline and turn our heard around. Spherical photos are great fun to shoot and to view. They can give you a immersive view of a real scenery. Watching gigapixel panoramas is even greater and you can discover so many things on such huge photos. But, hey you can not modify or change anything like you do in a game. No tools, no different viewpoint, just watching. VR for designers will stay the high end technology. I don’t think it will go mainstream ever. There is too much complexity in it. VR as we see it in computer games, panoramic photography, gigapixels and virtual tours are mainstream already. Since google streetview, most people know this kind of interactive images. 360video cameras for consumer are already available. The GoPro Rigs address professionals, but they need quite some post processing and adjustments. Theta S, Keymission360 or 360Fly can be used without processing. This is game changer and open the door to the consumer market. It has the potential to become a hype like action cams and selfie sticks. As Facebook and Samsung are pushing their products now, we can expect greater visibility for that kind of media and imagery. We still need some time to develop distribution channels for professional content. I don’t think 360video is going Mainstream in the next 12 month.

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Who are some of the interesting companies or people who are getting into VR / 360 Photography these days?

When Kolor joined the Gopro family I was thrilled.  Lets see was they will come along with. Facebook/Oculus and Samsung are about to push the market heavily. The GearVR as giveaway with Galaxy S7 is statement. Ricoh did it right with Theta, the first versions of the cameras are promising. But the resolution and quality is poor when you compare to GoPro rigs. Nikon can change a lot with their development resources and set a new level of quality and features with KeyMission360. I hope that Sphericam can beat the Nikon. The body design has already beat every other camera. Every company that focuses on content creation and distribution will be interesting.

 

What is your opinion about 360 Video?

Well, I would love to see 360video becoming more relevant in the future. I am not sure if it will be a success. Stereoscopic 3D made it into consumer TVs and now it seems to disappear. I wonder who will be the first company that enables 360 live video in their instant messaging.

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As a pioneer in building the equipment that panoramic photographers use, what kind of trends have you noticed in the last years / decade that might not be obvious to other people?

There are some really bulky panorama heads out there. The first panohead I have every seen was the Manfrotto 303. Compare this massive device with the well build Bushman tools! After some DIY heads, I purchased  a Nodal Ninja Ring Mount + R1 Rotor for my Sigma 8mm fisheye. I am still using this head with a Canon 8-15 fisheye. If I was on a mirrorless camera, I would pick a head from TomShot360 plus a Samyang fisheye lens. In a nutshell, panoramic equipment hat to be simple, robust and small. For 360 video I found the Elmo Qbic panoramic rig with very interesting. It’s a pity, that its not very robust and has no option to sync frames and settings. Here is a great concept of a 360 ball camera: http://www.serveball.com/ Looks like many others are working on the same concept. At fmx2015 I met a guy from Belgium, Philippe Bekaert. He was showcasing a selfmade 360 camera rig and processing unit for realtime stiching and depthmap. Sadly he did never offer a commercial product. Here you can find a 360video he shot in 2011: https://vimeo.com/22985765

 

How do you think our panoramic medium will evolve over the next years or decades?

I hope it will be part of our daily life. My dream is a life stream directly into a HMD.

 

 

 

Hi guys! This week, we are going to take a short trip to Egypt, as Mohamed Attef travelled to Luxor and took a number of amazing panos at the Karnak Temple Complex. Let’s have a look at few of the panos.

 

Central Chapel at Luxor Temple (click the picture to open the pano)

The complex now serves as a huge open-air museum and the second largest religious site in the world, but it was dedicated to tke king of the Egyptian gods Amon-ra, back in the times of the Pharaoh Amenhotep III.

 

Colossal Statues of Ramsses II at Luxor Temple (click the picture to open the pano)

The entrance to the temple is guided by the statues of Ramsses II, who is now often regarded as the most powerful pharaoh of Egypt.

 

Hypostyle Hall at Luxor Temple (click the picture to open the pano)

Mohamed Attef: “According to the Egyptian mythology columns in the hypostyle hall symbolically supporting the heavens, at one point in history, the hypostyle hall was converted into a christian chapel, excavations of Luxor temple revealed not only the history of Egypt and its Pharaos but also provided insight the religious and methodical believes of the ancient Egyptians through the hieroglyphics reliefs and the architecture itself.”

Make sure you check out other panos by Mohamed, taken at the temple – totally worth it!

 

If you have been involved in 360º photography for any length of time, then you have probably come across Bill Bailey.  Bill is a kind soul and a generous guy. If you have ever wondered what great customer service looks like from a company, you should observe Bill Bailey closely – he has a legion of fans and devoted friends that he has amassed over the years by treating people with kindness and respect. He has helped to grow Nodal Ninja from a new company, to one that plays a major role in the world of 360 photography.
I first came across Bill in the Panotools Yahoo group many years ago, and since then I have met him many times at many conferences and panoramic photography-related events. His cheerful demeanor and Hawaiian shirts are always a welcome sight.
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When did you first become obsessed with photography?
Rather than an obsession, photography has been an ongoing passion that has played a positive role in my life beginning as a hobby in my early teens and turning pro whilst in Alaska.
And what else are you obsessed with, besides photography?
The definition of the word obsession could be a bit subjective if trying to quantify it within myself. I do however have other “interests” and “passions” in life and will temporarily step out of my comfort zone and share.
 
Philanthropy:
If I was a Bill Gates or a Mark Zuckerberg, much of my wealth would go back into the world to help those in need but I am not. Nodal Ninja, however, has provided a small platform whereby “we”, not I, are able to give back. Over the years we have given to non-profits and charities to help victims of natural disasters like earthquakes in Japan and devastating floods in Australia. It’s worth noting here as well that Nick Fan of Fanotec has also shared generously in many of the same causes we have supported. And we don’t forget about our 4 legged friends, cancer research, or small donations to local organizations. It just feels right to give something back.
 
Crafting Beer:
Some in the pano community are already aware, I do enjoy crafting fine ale. From grain to glass and all points in between. Experimenting with each phase of the process yields an experience of its own.  The brewing community, like the pano community, is a small market but growing rapidly with fellow brewers always willing to lend advice and a helping hand.
 
Flying:
Having obtained my private pilot’s license in Alaska, flying has always been a fascination. Flying through the valleys and over the mountains in Alaska was a very unique and rewarding experience. Even though I’m not currently flying due to budget constraints the passion is still there and one day I’m sure I’ll return to the skies.
How did you discover 360 photography? When was it and what happened next?
After running a successful photography company in Alaska for 5 years, I sold up and headed back to my native state of California (Bay Area). Wanting to stay in photography, I continually researched the latest in photographic technology. I kept reading more about virtual reality photography being the next new up and coming thing. Back then, Panoguide was “the” forum to learn all about this new technology so I decided to take the dive. I bought the Nikon Coolpix with a big FC-E9 lens and was ready to go to work, but realized that I now needed a pano head. Others recommended that I take a look at the new Nodal Ninja made by Digital Initiatives (now known as Fanotec). I went to the website and bought the NN-1 and couldn’t help but notice the sign on Nick Fan’s website – “Dealers Wanted.”  After some back and forth emails, Nick and I shared many of the same important business ethics – quality of product with commitment to service and support. Looking back I see it’s been a tad over 11 years now and I’m sure you’ll see me here for many more years to come. I love shooting panoramas and testing all the latest gear, enjoy interacting with customers and dealers, and enjoy sharing with the community.  
Are you a professional or amateur photographer?
Experienced amateur. I don’t make money doing photography as a living, but it is something I’ve been doing for a very long time.
Do you travel much to do your photography?
No. Too many commitments.  I do not travel “to do” photography, but rather I do photography when I travel.
What kind of photography do you like the best? and of what kinds of things?
Nature – you can’t force a smile on her, but be ready when she does. Living in the heart of the Sonoran Desert offers an amazing landscape and backdrop to what the West was like. Looking at the world more now with 360° eyes opens even more photographic opportunities. I hope to bring exposure and education to preserving these native lands through the imagery of an ever changing desert landscape. Website coming soon…
What is your opinion on today’s state of VR? Will VR, as we know it now, hit the Mainstream in the next 12 months?
Without a doubt!  While 360° video is currently forefront and a driving force, 360° imagery will always have its place. Technology giants are racing to embrace the whole VR thing, so we’ll continually see higher quality results and ease of use, while keeping affordability in check. The underlying development is absolutely huge. Nearly every mobile device currently has the ability to capture interactive panoramas. More and more companies are jumping on the bandwagon.
Who are some of the interesting companies or people who are getting into VR / 360 Photography these days?
If you visit our website and look for our “Notable Customers” page you’ll see a broad and diverse group of companies and industries embracing this technology. Aerospace, Educational Institutions, Media and Production, Engineering, Architectural, Military, Law Enforcement, Forensics, Museums, Parks, and the list goes on. Every week we see a new company/industry buying our product and we ask ourselves how will they use 360° VR? At times it’s too hard resist and I’ll have to ask. One company that continually buys VR equipment for many years is a utility company(?). I learned they document underground utility vaults.  Another company shoots high resolution photography to survey for cracks in a dam.  The PGA is now doing 360° aerials during special events. Parks and Recreation documents land mass and forest devastation. The list goes on.
What is your opinion about 360 Video?
This is an area that we are already seeing exploding growth. It’s growing so quickly that 360° video cameras of today will become outdated by tomorrow. Like everything else prices will go down and quality will continue to go up. In less than 2 years we’ll be able to create stunning 4K interactive 360º video content on one button devices with prices tags under $500. Once 360° video reaches this level, 360° imagery will begin to decrease, however there will always remain a need for traditional 360° imagery for quite some time so hardware manufacturers need not worry.
As a pioneer in building the equipment that panoramic photographers use, what kind of trends have you noticed in the last years / decade that might not be obvious to other people?
Fanotec is the pioneer building the Nodal Ninja equipment. Nodal Ninja serves the equipment up which places us in a unique position. We feel the “heartbeat” and the “pulse” of the industry as a whole. Wasn’t long ago we used to say this is a market that challenges technology.  We wanted higher resolution images, bigger cameras with larger sensors; we wanted stronger computers to process the higher resolution images; we wanted software to better handle and manage the images we process.
Today, however, we are experiencing drifts in needs. Most of these needs have been met. We now have the big cameras, we create the images with nearly as much resolution as we like and most computers and software can process what we throw at it.  For 360° imagery the need now is more based on the output requirements by the end user and consumer which ironically is not too demanding of current technology. We’ll still see 100+MP 360’s but they will be far and few between. 5MP or even 10MP 360’s fill the needs of most VR photographers doing this for hire. Because the market is growing so fast we now see users wanting to produce stunning panoramas with budget and ease of use in mind. At least 30% of people entering this market are first time users on a budget wanting to get out and make money shooting panoramas.  So single touch point and shoot 360° cameras like NCTech’s iris360 are seeing demand far exceeding supply. People want ease of use and automation. For standard businesses and real estate VR’s, we will see more low cost automated solutions coming to market. One shot high resolution cameras and low cost automated heads.  Companies like Fanotec, for example, will be entering into the emerging market of automation for 2016.
How do you think our panoramic medium will evolve over the next years or decades?
Oh – fun question. Where will we be in 5, 10, 100, or even 1,000 years from now? Panoramic photography is one of the fastest growing genre’s of photography. Photography, if you break it down to its core, is really about what you capture and record in the moment, what you see and cannot see, and the field of view (FOV) in which you see it in. The narrower the FOV generally the less information and less captivating it is. The broader the FOV the more that is captured, the more information you have, and the content becomes more interesting. We live in a 3D world and typically capture images and view them in a 2D plane looking to the left and right, up and down.  But let’s kick it up a notch an add another dimension – what if you could leave the 2D ground plane and go 3D? Not just seeing things with 3D glasses but traveling in 3D. Being able to travel up into the sky and down into the oceans.  This is more of the Virtual Reality are coming to learn. Then add in a 4th dimension of time and space. Being able to watch a forest grow as you walk through it, slow things down and travel around a lightning bolt as it’s being created. Even being able to record and playback smells and touch is not too far off.  Throw away the VR Goggles – cornea implants with sensitive under-skin pressure buttons. One could activate instant view….walk down a street and change the visible layers in the surroundings to view how it looked 50 years ago and watch the buildings on the street grow into the skyscrapers of today as you moves through the layers of time. 
It might sound a little sci-fi, but so did going to the moon a hundred years ago. 
We are trying to get as close as possible to the real world by capturing, creating and interacting in a virtual world. We want the entire virtual world to be as real as possible. Technology will always be striving to bring the two worlds closer. What will it be like once the real world melds “seamlessly” with the virtual world? We’ll have a “Real Virtual Reality”.
We live in exciting times.
 
In closing I’d like to thank Jeffrey Martin for this interview and and leave with one final thought to ponder.
 
Live and make the most of every moment today and learn from every experience you encounter. And for the experiences you wish you could encounter, feel confident in knowing that technology is racing to bring these to you as quickly as possible.
Thanks for your “real” time,
 
Bill Bailey
CEO 
Bill Bailey LLC dba Nodal Ninja

Hi guys, once again, we chose the most beautiful panoramic photos our community photographers uploaded to 360Cities last week – and here they are!

 

Big Ben Bridge Street London by Studio Mambeau – Martijn Baudoin (click the picture to open the pano)

This time we start in London, in a city where Martijn Baudoin made a series of brilliant panos of famous places and streets. This one was made on the Westminster Bridge, but make sure you have a look at other related panos, so you can explore London on your own.

 

The Oculus at World Trade Center Path Station by Miguel de Guzman (click the picture to open the pano)

Time to move on another continent – more specifically, to New York. Miguel de Guzman made this pano at World Trade Center Path station, the building is a mezzanine above, called the Oculus. This amazing structure was made by Santiago Calatrava and it’s truly a piece of art.

 

Sun Tunnels [2] by William l (click the picture to open the pano)

Speaking of art, you might want to check out this pano, too. Four culverts in a Utah desert with holes are positioned in alignment with the summer and winter solstices, while the holes reflect star constellations. What a great idea!

 

Jokhang Temple by jacky cheng (click the picture to open the pano)

Last, but not least, we head to Tibet for our last pano of the week. This is the Jokhang Temple, which is the oldest civil structure in Tiber with its more than 1300 years of history. That sounds like something worth taking a look at, right?

 

Press “play” on Carl Sagan’s wonderful monologue “A Pale Blue Dot” and browse through some panoramas shot mostly by Andrew Mishin and Vasily KumaevPavel BogdanovYuriy Bel’mesovDmitri MelinchukGregory Ivanov, and other awesome Russian panoramic photographers.

There are abandoned places everywhere in the world of course, but Russia seems to dominate this.

When I look through these pictures, I imagine that this is what the planet might look like in the (hopefully) very distant future, after humans have either burned themselves out, or left this planet for other destinations in the galaxy.

 

 

Kaluga Oblast: Maklaki. Abandoned church. Interior 2 (2010)

Panoramic photo by Andrew Mishin, Vasily Kumaev.
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Кн. С. Н. Львов выстроил в 1808 -11 каменную церковь взамен старинной деревянной во имя Знамения Пресвятой Богородицы, Церковь – редкий памятник архитектуры эпохи раннего классицизма с двойным куполом, внутренний из которых украшен деревянной резьбой. Колокольня не сохранилась. Трапезная, примыкавшая к храму, сгорела во время Вел. Отеч. войны, но кирпичный каркас её цел и прочен. Церковь действовала до 1937. Адрес: Калужская область, Думиничский район, село Маклаки. www.maklaki.narod.ru sobory.ru
Oct 6, 2010 7:00 PM

Kaluga Oblast: Maklaki. Abandoned church. Interior. (2010)

Panoramic photo by Vasily Kumaev, Andrew Mishin.
Click the image to open the interactive version.

Кн. С. Н. Львов выстроил в 1808 -11 каменную церковь взамен старинной деревянной во имя Знамения Пресвятой Богородицы, Церковь – редкий памятник архитектуры эпохи раннего классицизма с двойным куполом, внутренний из которых украшен деревянной резьбой. Колокольня не сохранилась. Трапезная, примыкавшая к храму, сгорела во время Вел. Отеч. войны, но кирпичный каркас её цел и прочен. Церковь действовала до 1937. Адрес: Калужская область, Думиничский район, село Маклаки. www.maklaki.narod.ru sobory.ru
Sep 29, 2010 1:16 AM

Russia: Abandoned mining town on Beshtau. Entryway

Panoramic photo by Pavel Bogdanov.
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Sep 28, 2010 8:33 PM

Russia: Abandoned mining town on Beshtau

Panoramic photo by Pavel Bogdanov.
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Sep 28, 2010 8:33 PM

Russia: Abandoned mining town on Beshtau – hall

Panoramic photo by Pavel Bogdanov.
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Sep 28, 2010 8:33 PM

Russia: Abandoned mining town on Beshtau. One of the outputs

Panoramic photo by Pavel Bogdanov.
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Sep 16, 2010 6:21 PM

Russia: Chapel at the abandoned village Grikhnevo

Panoramic photo by Lev Trusov.
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Chapel at the abandoned village Grikhnevo, 19th century
Aug 20, 2010 9:28 PM

Russia: Abandoned Unfinished Zoo

Panoramic photo by Gregory Ivanov.
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Aug 8, 2010 6:37 PM

Russia: Abandoned military base, august 2010

Panoramic photo by Dmitri Melinchuk.
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Jul 28, 2010 9:33 AM

Russia: Abandoned poultry in Pyatigorsk

Panoramic photo by Pavel Bogdanov.
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Panorama inside the former auditorium abandoned poultry farm in Pyatigorsk. On stage, the inscription “1992”, strewn around the chairs, the floor and the ceiling hole. All desolate and dilapidated.
Jul 19, 2010 5:28 PM

Russia: The ruins of an abandoned hospital.

Panoramic photo by Yuriy Bel’mesov.
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Jul 19, 2010 5:28 PM

Russia: The ruins of an abandoned hospital.

Panoramic photo by Yuriy Bel’mesov.
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Jul 19, 2010 5:28 PM

Russia: The ruins of an abandoned hospital.

Panoramic photo by Yuriy Bel’mesov.
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Jun 8, 2010 8:34 PM

Russia: Karacharovo. Abandoned church. Interior 2 (2010)

Panoramic photo by Andrew Mishin, Vasily Kumaev.
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Адрес: Московская обл., Волоколамский р-н, с. Карачарово.Ротондальный храм, с трех сторон окруженный ротондами алтаря и двух приделов, небольшой трапезной связанный с колокольней. Приходская церковь, выстроена на средства Л. К. Разумовского. Двухсветная ротонда храма перекрыта куполом с люкарнами, на котором поставлен световой барабан, несший главку. С востока к ней примыкает полуротонда алтаря, с юго-запада и северо-запада – ротондальные объемы приделов, первоначально завершавшиеся собственными куполами с декоративными главками. К приделам с запада примыкают небольшая прямоугольная трапезная и двухъярусная колокольня. Декоративное убранство здания достаточно сдержанно, боковые входы в храм украшены двухколонными портиками. Повторяет проект московской церкви Космы и Дамиана на Маросейке. Главный престол Никольский, в трапезной приделы Ильинский и Льва Катанского. Внутреннее убранство в основном утрачено. Закрыт в 1930-х годах.В настоящее время используется под скотный двор. sobory.ru
Jun 8, 2010 4:44 PM

Russia: Karacharovo. Abandoned church. Interior 1 (2010)

Panoramic photo by Andrew Mishin, Vasily Kumaev.
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Адрес: Московская обл., Волоколамский р-н, с. Карачарово.Ротондальный храм, с трех сторон окруженный ротондами алтаря и двух приделов, небольшой трапезной связанный с колокольней. Приходская церковь, выстроена на средства Л. К. Разумовского. Двухсветная ротонда храма перекрыта куполом с люкарнами, на котором поставлен световой барабан, несший главку. С востока к ней примыкает полуротонда алтаря, с юго-запада и северо-запада – ротондальные объемы приделов, первоначально завершавшиеся собственными куполами с декоративными главками. К приделам с запада примыкают небольшая прямоугольная трапезная и двухъярусная колокольня. Декоративное убранство здания достаточно сдержанно, боковые входы в храм украшены двухколонными портиками. Повторяет проект московской церкви Космы и Дамиана на Маросейке. Главный престол Никольский, в трапезной приделы Ильинский и Льва Катанского. Внутреннее убранство в основном утрачено. Закрыт в 1930-х годах.В настоящее время используется под скотный двор. sobory.ru
Jun 8, 2010 1:52 PM

Russia: Karacharovo. Abandoned church. Interior 1 (2010)

Panoramic photo by Andrew Mishin, Vasily Kumaev.
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Адрес: Московская обл., Волоколамский р-н, с. Карачарово.Ротондальный храм, с трех сторон окруженный ротондами алтаря и двух приделов, небольшой трапезной связанный с колокольней. Приходская церковь, выстроена на средства Л. К. Разумовского. Двухсветная ротонда храма перекрыта куполом с люкарнами, на котором поставлен световой барабан, несший главку. С востока к ней примыкает полуротонда алтаря, с юго-запада и северо-запада – ротондальные объемы приделов, первоначально завершавшиеся собственными куполами с декоративными главками. К приделам с запада примыкают небольшая прямоугольная трапезная и двухъярусная колокольня. Декоративное убранство здания достаточно сдержанно, боковые входы в храм украшены двухколонными портиками. Повторяет проект московской церкви Космы и Дамиана на Маросейке. Главный престол Никольский, в трапезной приделы Ильинский и Льва Катанского. Внутреннее убранство в основном утрачено. Закрыт в 1930-х годах.В настоящее время используется под скотный двор. sobory.ru
Jun 8, 2010 4:41 AM

Russia: Karacharovo. Abandoned church. Interior. (2010)

Panoramic photo by Vasily Kumaev, Andrew Mishin.
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Надпись: “Убедительная просьба. Пожалуйста не загоняйте скотину в храм, ведь тем самым Вы оскверняете дом Божий. Заранее благодарны! С уважением в Вам дети детского пансиона с. Мышкино.” Карачарово. Церковь Николая Чудотворца. Хороший памятник стиля классицизма, ротондальный храм с трапезной и колокольней, выстроенный на средства Л. К. Разумовского в 1795 г. Повторяет проект московской церкви Космы и Дамиана на Маросейке, построеной в 1791-93 по проекту М.Ф. Казакова. В трапезной Ильинский и Льва Катанского приделы. Закрыт в 1930-х, в настоящее время заброшен, в тяжелом техническом состоянии. Адрес: Московская область, Волоколамский район, село Карачарово. temples.ru sobory.ru
Jun 6, 2010 8:18 PM

Kaluga Oblast: Prudki. Abandoned church. (2010)

Panoramic photo by Andrew Mishin, Vasily Kumaev.
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Прудки. Церковь Печерской иконы Божией Матери. Дата постройки: не позже 1817. Закрыта после Великой Отечественной войны. Адрес: Калужская область, Медынский район, село Прудки. sobory.ru
Jun 5, 2010 10:09 PM

Kaluga Oblast: Fedorovskoe. Abandoned church. (2010)

Panoramic photo by Andrew Mishin, Vasily Kumaev.
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Федоровское. Церковь Иоанна Богослова Дата постройки: 1716.Адрес: Калужская область, Жуковский район, Федоровское.. sobory.ru
Jun 2, 2010 10:55 PM

Russia: Vyazma. Abandoned church in the old cemetery (2010)

Panoramic photo by Andrew Mishin, Vasily Kumaev.
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Стоит посреди кладбища на высоком холме в западной части города. Выразительный силуэт храма замыкает с западной стороны панораму города при взгляде с севера, от шоссе Москва-Минск, или из центра Вязьмы, с Соборной горы. Построена церковь в 1770-76 гг. Возможно, что при ремонте 1891 г. первоначальные пологие фронтоны над ризалитами по оси каждого фасада заменены более крутыми. На кирпичных стенах местами сохранилась штукатурка 19 в. Это яркий и оригинальный памятник позднего барокко. Крещатое в плане четырехстолпное здание завершено пятью главами. Угловые сделаны в виде глухих башен с плоскими основными и скругленными диагональными гранями, с пилястрами на флангах. Все эти башни увенчаны луковичными главками на круглых шейках. Центральная глава с верхним световым восьмеричком высоко поднята крупным четвериком-постаментом. Фасады имеют вид пятиосных композиций со средним ризалитом в три оси. На каждом углу основного крещатого объема сгруппировано по три колонны. При взгляде с угла колонны (их всего 36) скрывается плоскость фасадных стен – в этом случае сразу видно, по меньшей мере, 11 колонн. Нижнее окно по оси восточного фасада глухое, на остальных фасадах посредине помещены порталы. Три центральных проема на всех фасадах завершены лучковым и треугольными сандриками. На северной и южной сторонах между пониженными порталами и сандриками прорезаны круглые окна. На фасаде обрамления портала и боковых глухих окон сливаются, как и сандрики над ними. Внутри храма большие квадратные столбы приближены к оси запад-восток, из-за чего арки оказываются неодинаковы по ширине, угловые помещения несколько вытянуты по оси север-юг, а средний поперечный неф шире продольного. На стенах и столбах частично сохранились штукатурные обрамления проемов и филенок. sobory.ru temples.ru
Jun 2, 2010 2:29 AM

Kaluga Oblast: Meschovsk. Abandoned church. Interior. (2010)

Panoramic photo by Vasily Kumaev, Andrew Mishin.
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Мещовск. Церковь Спаса Преображения. Небольшая кирпичная кладбищенская церковь, построенная в 1876. Одноглавый четверик в русско-византийском стиле с притвором и алтарем. Богослужения прекращены не позже 1930-х, в настоящее время заброшена. Адрес: Калужская область, Мещовский район, город Мещовск. temples.ru sobory.ru
May 28, 2010 11:37 PM

Russia: Karacharovo. Abandoned church. (2010)

Panoramic photo by Andrew Mishin, Vasily Kumaev.
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Адрес: Московская обл., Волоколамский р-н, с. Карачарово.Ротондальный храм, с трех сторон окруженный ротондами алтаря и двух приделов, небольшой трапезной связанный с колокольней. Приходская церковь, выстроена на средства Л. К. Разумовского. Двухсветная ротонда храма перекрыта куполом с люкарнами, на котором поставлен световой барабан, несший главку. С востока к ней примыкает полуротонда алтаря, с юго-запада и северо-запада – ротондальные объемы приделов, первоначально завершавшиеся собственными куполами с декоративными главками. К приделам с запада примыкают небольшая прямоугольная трапезная и двухъярусная колокольня. Декоративное убранство здания достаточно сдержанно, боковые входы в храм украшены двухколонными портиками. Повторяет проект московской церкви Космы и Дамиана на Маросейке. Главный престол Никольский, в трапезной приделы Ильинский и Льва Катанского. Внутреннее убранство в основном утрачено. Закрыт в 1930-х годах.В настоящее время используется под скотный двор. sobory.ru
May 27, 2010 11:18 AM

Russia: Abandoned “Green Theater” in Voronezh central park

Panoramic photo by Evgeny Efimov.
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May 23, 2010 8:04 PM

Russia: Pond near chicken coops

Panoramic photo by Ivan Garanin.
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A dirty pond near the abandoned high-rise poultry houses
May 16, 2010 12:40 AM

Russia: Medvedki. Abandoned church. (2010)

Panoramic photo by Andrew Mishin, Vasily Kumaev.
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Медведки. Церковь Воскресения Христова Дата постройки: Между 1800 и 1900.Адрес: Тульская область, Ленинский район, дер. Медведки. sobory.ru
May 14, 2010 5:48 PM

Russia: Novaya Ladoga. Abandoned church. Interior. (2009)

Panoramic photo by Vasily Kumaev, Andrew Mishin.
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Новая Ладога. Церковь Климента Римского и Петра Александрийского. Церковь Климента и Петра построена в 1741 – 1743 гг. Это была скромная одноглавая церковь. Ее облик существенно изменился после того, как в 1873 – 1878 гг. к ней была пристроена колокольня со шпилем по проекту архитектора К.В.Фортунатова. Церковь была закрыта в 1938 г., использовалась как кинотеатр. Прежняя внутренняя отделка стен с многочисленными фресками была закрыта новой облицовкой – и благодаря этому более или менее сохранилась. Теперь церковь пустует и разрушается. Адрес: Ленинградская область, Волховский район, город Новая Ладога. sobory.ru
May 14, 2010 2:20 AM

Russia: Krapivna. Abandoned church. Interior. (2010)

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Крапивна. Церковь Всех Святых. Адрес: Тульская область, Щёкинский район, село Крапивна. sobory.ru
Apr 26, 2010 12:38 AM

Kaluga Oblast: Prudki. Abandoned church. Interior. (2010)

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Прудки. Церковь Печерской иконы Божией Матери. Дата постройки: не позже 1817. Закрыта после Великой Отечественной войны. Адрес: Калужская область, Медынский район, село Прудки. sobory.ru
Apr 24, 2010 7:17 PM

Russia: Pereslegino. Near abandoned church. (2010)

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Apr 24, 2010 5:22 PM

Russia: Kunganovo. Abandoned church. Interior. (2010)

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Церковь Всех Скорбящих (1894—1900) С 1936 года в храме села Кунганово служил Иоанн Никольский (Тверской) http://wikipedia.org/ Пишет Руйго Даниил из Петербурга: “Все 15 лет, что я живу, я езжу на лето в деревню Кунганово Торжокского Района Тверской области. В нашем селе находятся две полуразрушенные церкви – церковь Всех Скорбящих (1894—1900) и Воскресенская церковь (1820). В период СССР церкви стояли в законсервированном состоянии. Но потом приехали новые люди и эти, извините за слово, гады начали разбирать кровлю и двери церквей на дрова и металолом, а их дети устроили в церквях притон – повесили тарзанки, приколотили лестницы,чтобы лазить на купол. Бог их наказал – почти все они уже мертвы или уехали. А церковь потеряла красоту. Из-за ветра и влаги начали быстро исчезать фрески, осыпаться кирпич. В церкви было проделано несколько дыр. Полов нет. Крыши почти тоже. Ещё во времена ВОВ купол одной из церквей задел советский истребитель, он покосился и простоял так 65 лет. И осенью 2009 года произошло страшное – купал упал. Упал на крышу. Старейшее 100-летнее кладбище при церкви заросло. Почти все плиты вывернуты и куда-то деты. Несколько лет назад в одной из церквей начала мироточить одна из фресок. Тогда была сделана попытка востановить церкви, но всё это закончилось лишь уборкой кирпичей внутри церквей и затихло. Наше село ужасно нуждается в востановлении церквей. После приезда новых людей и осквернения церквей начали спиваться и умирать люди. За 10 лет население села и других деревень рядом уменьшилось в 2 раза. Многие дома опустели. А ведь именно в нашей деревне родился Священномученик Александр, и в наших церквях служил Иоанн Никольский (Тверской).” http://www.ikanaev.ru/Kunganovo.html
Apr 24, 2010 11:38 AM

Kaluga Oblast: Georgievskoe. Abandoned Church. Interior. (2010)

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Церковь во имя Живоначальной Троицы построена в 1790 г. тщанием генерал-майора Дмитрия Васильевича Арсентьева. Здание каменное, холодное, первоначально без колокольни. Колокольня выстроена в 1908 г. sobory.ru
Apr 18, 2010 2:50 PM

Russia: Abandoned quay in the center of Voronezh

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Apr 16, 2010 3:28 PM

Russia: Abandoned electric station on the Olym river, view from the river

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Apr 15, 2010 2:56 PM

Russia: Abandoned electric station on the river Olym, view from the dam

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Apr 5, 2010 4:52 AM

Kaluga Oblast: Pochep. Abandoned church. Interior. (2009)

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Почеп. Церковь Тихвинской иконы Божией Матери. Дата постройки: 1825. Адрес: Калужская область, Жуковский район, урочище Почеп. sobory.ru
Mar 25, 2010 6:06 AM

Kaluga Oblast: Bolshaya Kamenka. Abandoned church. Interior. (2010)

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Большая Каменка. Церковь Вознесения Господня. С XVIII в. в селе находился деревянный храм в честь Вознесения Господня, построенный помещиком Римским-Корсаковым. В 1832 г., когда по всей губернии велось строительство каменных храмов, здесь также возводится храм с колокольней из кирпича. В 1912 г., в основном на деньги прихожан, каменный храм перестраивался и расширялся. В нем были три придела: главный в честь Вознесения Господня, боковые — в честь Казанской иконы Божией Матери и великомученика Георгия Победоносца. С 1885 г. при храме действовала церковноприходская школа, которая располагалась в отдельном доме. Храм был закрыт в 1929 г. Материалы из книги «Земля Калужская – Земля Святая» 2003 г. Адрес: Калужская область, город Калуга, село Большая Каменка. sobory.ru
Mar 25, 2010 6:06 AM

Kaluga Oblast: Domozhirovo. Abandoned church. Interior. (2010)

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Доможирово. Церковь Георгия Победоносца. В 1777 г. храм был построен на средства помещика Михаила Ивановича Раевского. Каменный храм составляет одно здание с колокольней, имеет два придела: южный — в честь святителя Николая Чудотворца и северный — в честь святителя Димитрия Ростовского. Здание храма было обнесено каменной оградой. К нему относилось три кладбища. В церковной сторожке находилось приходское училище, кроме того, в с. Ильинском приходом была открыта земская школа, в с. Лобановском — школа грамоты, а с 1899 г. в д. Новая стала действовать воскресная школа. В приход Георгиевского храма входили населенные пункты: Доможирово, Груздово, Починки, Уварово, Лихун, Марьино, Петрово, Григоровка, Новая, Старая Ильинка, Канищево, Филимоновское, Галкино, Износково (Литвиново), Лобаново, Новоселки (Алексеевка). Храм был закрыт в 1933 г. Материалы из книги «Земля Калужская – Земля Святая» 2003 г. Адрес: Калужская область, город Калуга, село Доможирово. sobory.ru
Mar 8, 2010 10:20 PM

Kaluga Oblast: Medyn. Abandoned Cathedral. (2010)

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Собор Константина и Елены, рядом здание розового цвета – Центр Занятости населения. Кирпичный собор, построенный в 1777 как главный храм вновь учрежденного города, на месте деревянного Благовещенского храма бывшей Медынской пустыни. Здание в стиле раннего классицизма состоит из основного двусветного объема, имеющего сложный лепестковый план и завершавшегося восьмигранным куполом, и трапезной. Приделы в трапезной Никольский и Успенский. Закрыт не позже 1930-х, разрушены купол и колокольня. Использовался административными учреждениями. В настоящее время пустует, в тяжелом состоянии. temples.ru
Mar 8, 2010 7:54 PM

Kaluga Oblast: Medyn. Abandoned Cathedral. Interior. (2010)

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Feb 20, 2010 10:36 PM

Russia: Afanasyevo. Abandoned church. Interior. (2010)

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Дата постройки: 1809. Внутренний диаметр купола: ~10.65 м Адрес: Тульская область, Алексинский район, село Афанасьево. sobory.ru
Feb 19, 2010 11:15 PM

Russia: Staritsa. Abandoned church. Interior. (2010)

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Каменная трехпрестольная церковь с Пятницким(1825) и Ниловским(1806) приделами. Построена вместо старой деревянной Пятницкой церкви, которая в свою очередь, была поставлена вместо древней Борисоглебской церкви на торговой площади. В советское время закрыта, заброшена. temples.ru sobory.ru
Feb 19, 2010 9:14 PM

Russia: Mashkovo. Abandoned church. Interior. (2009)

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Церковь во имя Святой Живоначальной Троицы (с.Машково). Построена в 1805 году тщанием госпожи Челищевой Ксении Ивановны: 1851-1866 г.г. перестроена тщанием полковника Петра Крюкова. Зданием каменная. Адрес: Тульская область, Ясногорский район, село Машково. home.tula.net
Feb 19, 2010 3:14 PM

Russia: Meltuchi. Abandoned church. Interior. (2010)

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Каменная трехпрестольная церковь с теплыми Успенским и Никольским приделами, построена из белого старицкого камня на средства прихожан и боярина А. Н. Хомутова. Позднее (нач. XX в.?) у церкви была выстроена отдельно стоящая ярусная колокольня из красного кирпича. В 1937 г. церковь была закрыта, использовалась под склад зерна. В настоящее время в здании расположена конюшня. Адрес: Тверская область, Старицкий район, деревня Мелтучи. temples.ru
Feb 6, 2010 12:13 AM

Russia: Staritsa. Abandoned church. Interior. (2010)

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Каменная трехпрестольная церковь с Пятницким(1825) и Ниловским(1806) приделами. Построена вместо старой деревянной Пятницкой церкви, которая в свою очередь, была поставлена вместо древней Борисоглебской церкви на торговой площади. В советское время закрыта, заброшена. temples.ru sobory.ru
Jan 25, 2010 9:17 PM

Russia: +Rodnya. Abandoned church. Interior. (2010)

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В селе была построена в 1844 г. каменная Успенская церковь, на средства местного помещика Евграфа Николаевича Ланского. Храм имеет два придела: правый – во имя Богоявления Господня и левый – во имя святителя Николая Чудотворца. Живопись в церкви исполнена старицким художником П. Е. Жуковым в 1903 г. Селение Родня впервые упоминается в Тверской летописи под 1368 г., когда князь «Андрей Ольгердович воевал Хорвач и Роден». Роднинская крепость являлась заслоном на западной границе Тверского княжества. В XVI в. Родня упоминается как дворцовое село. В 1608 г. здесь произошло ожесточенное столкновение местных жителей с польско-литовскими интервентами. В XIX в. Родня находилась во владении трех помещиков. В 1839 г. у р. Волги, при чистке древнего колодца, на глубине ок. 10 м., были найдены каменный топорик, две каменные стрелы и каменный нож. Проводимые здесь раскопки обнаружили следы фатьяновской культуры. В могильниках были обнаружены скелеты умерших людей в скорченном положении, что является типичным явлением для бронзового века. www.staritsa-pilgrim.ru
Jan 16, 2010 9:34 PM

Russia: Staritsa. Abandoned church. Interior. (2010)

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Каменная трехпрестольная церковь с Пятницким(1825) и Ниловским(1806) приделами. Построена вместо старой деревянной Пятницкой церкви, которая в свою очередь, была поставлена вместо древней Борисоглебской церкви на торговой площади. В советское время закрыта, заброшена. temples.ru sobory.ru
Dec 24, 2009 11:10 PM

Russia: Pokrov-poleia. Abandoned Church (2009)

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Покров-Полея, урочище. Церковь Покрова Пресвятой Богородицы Покровская церковь села Полея На фото видно большое количество древних надгробных плит, разбросанных вокруг. http://sobory.ru/article/index.html?object=08926
Dec 15, 2009 10:15 PM

Russia: Pokrov-poleia. Abandoned Church (2009)

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Покров-Полея, урочище. Церковь Покрова Пресвятой Богородицы Покровская церковь села Полея http://sobory.ru/article/index.html?object=08926
Nov 25, 2009 4:41 AM

Russia: Mosalsk. Abandoned church. Interior. (2009)

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Кирпичная церковь, хороший образец провинциального барокко, построенная майором А. С. Хлюстиным в 1765. Пятиглавый трёхсветный четверик с трапезной, отдельно стоящая трёхъярусная колокольня была сооружена в духе елизаветинского барокко. Первоначально Никольская, переосвящена в Пятницкую в 1810-х, после постройки нового собора. В трапезной были приделы Богоматери Троеручица и Никольский. Закрыта в 1936, сломана колокольня, использовалась как склад. В настоящее время заброшена, в тяжелом состоянии. Церковь стоит на Пятницкой горе, являвшейся центром города в XVI-XVIII вв., до 1810-х имела статус городского собора. Мосальск. Церковь Параскевы Пятницы. (www.temples.ru) — Мосальск. Церковь Параскевы Пятницы. (sobory.ru)
Nov 24, 2009 11:40 PM

Russia: “Russian uncultured manners” (Mosalsk. Abandoned church. Interior.) (2009)

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Эту маленькую, но когда-то очень красивую церковь постоянно загаживают некоторые местные жители, даже проводимая иногда уборка не очень помогает. Подобное безкультурие должно закончится! Кирпичная кладбищенская церковь, построенная майором А. С. Хлюстиным в 1790 на новом городском кладбище. Хороший памятник раннего классицизма, ротондальный трёхсветный храм, усложненный боковыми ризалитами, с двухъярусной колокольней. Закрыта в 1937. В настоящее время пустует. Мосальск. Церковь Бориса и Глеба. (www.temples.ru) — Мосальск. Церковь Бориса и Глеба. (sobory.ru)
Nov 20, 2009 10:22 PM

Russia: New Ladoga. Abandoned Church. Interior (2009)

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Новая Ладога, Церковь Спаса Нерукотворного Образа. Построена в 1753 г.Приделы Рождества Иоанна Предтечи и Введения во храм.Закрыта в 1935, сейчас не используется. http://sobory.ru/article/index.html?object=01189
Oct 22, 2009 6:21 AM

Russia: Borovensk. Abandoned cathedral. Floor 2. Altar. (2009)

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До 1764 здесь находился Успенский Боровенский мужской монастырь, основанный в XV в. старцем Ферапонтом. Кирпичная церковь, бывший монастырский собор. Заложена игуменом Гедеоном (Ротенским) в 1754, окончена майором И. П. Бегичеввым в 1766 (по другим данным построена в 1745-1754). Двухэтажное здание состоит из двусветного четверика, перекрытого высоким сводом с главкой, трехапсидного алтаря, одностолпной трапезной и колокольни, с обоих сторон охваченной папертями, в декоре заметно влияние украинского барокко. Внизу был теплый Христорождественский храм с Никольским и Василия Великого приделами, вверху – холодный Успенский. Закрыта в 1935, использовалась как склад. Боровенск. Собор Успения Пресвятой Богородицы
Oct 20, 2009 7:36 AM

Russia: Abandoned church. Interior. (Putogino) (2009)

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Путогино. Церковь Игнатия Богоносца
Oct 14, 2009 8:16 PM

Russia: Abandoned church. Roof. (Hordovo) (2009)

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Село ХордовоПостоянное население села 14 чел.(2007). Относится к сельскому поселению «Село Молодёжный» Мещовского района.
Oct 9, 2009 10:25 PM

Russia: Abandoned church. Interior. Floor 1 (Borovetsk)

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http://temples.ru/card.php?ID=9398
Oct 9, 2009 6:35 PM

Russia: Abandoned church. Interior. Floor 1 (Borovetsk)

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http://temples.ru/card.php?ID=9398
Oct 7, 2009 11:47 PM

Russia: Abandoned church (Borovetsk)

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Sep 29, 2009 4:32 AM

Russia: Abandoned church. Interior. (Osorgino) (2009)

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Осоргино. Церковь Спаса Преображения. Дата постройки: 1804. http://sobory.ru/ Осоргино. Церковь Спаса Преображения.
Sep 29, 2009 4:32 AM

Russia: Abandoned church. Interior. (Hordovo) (2009)

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Хордово. Церковь иконы Божией Матери “Знамение” Дата постройки: 1714. http://sobory.ru/ Хордово. Церковь иконы Божией Матери “Знамение”
Jun 26, 2009 10:13 PM

Russia: Abandoned Church in Nikol’skoye

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This is a preview pano. www.temples.ru/tree.php?ID=4337
Jun 26, 2009 8:08 AM

Russia: Abandoned construction 2 (Zelenograd) (2009)

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Jun 26, 2009 7:07 AM

Russia: Abandoned construction 1 (Zelenograd) (2009)

Panoramic photo by Vasily Kumaev.
Jun 10, 2009 8:13 PM

Russia: Abandoned church in Uvarovskoe (2009)

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Дата основания не позже нач. XVIII в.Дата постройки последнего здания 1702 (см. постройки той же эпохи)Историческое исповедание ПравославнаяАдрес на 1917 г. Калужская губ., Боровский у., с. УваровскоеСовременный адрес Калужская обл., Боровский р-н, д. УваровскоеКраткое описание Кирпичный храм типа восьмерик на четверике с богатым декором в стиле московского барокко. Сооружен в 1702 на средства М. Ф. Философова. К церкви примыкали трапезная с Никольским приделом и колокольня. Закрыт не позже 1930-х, позже частично разрушен. До настоящего времени уцелел в аварийном состоянии только основной объем церкви.http://www.temples.ru/card.php?ID=7376
May 20, 2009 9:46 PM

Russia: The abandoned church in Voskresenskoe (2009)

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Воскресенское (Дубровка). Церковь Воскресения Христова ЦерковьДата постройки: 1824. http://sobory.ru/article/index.html?object=09846

Russia: The abandoned church in Osorgino (2009)

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Осоргино. Церковь Спаса Преображения Преображенская церковь Дата постройки: 1804.Адрес: Калужская область, Малоярославецкий район, Осоргино.http://sobory.ru/article/index.html?object=06852
May 6, 2009 5:15 PM

Russia: Abandoned rural club (2009)

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Бывший клуб в деревне, когдато здесь проводила вечера молодежь – отдыхали, бухали, веселились. Сейчас молодежи почти не осталось и оставшиеся жители потихоньку растаскивают здание по частям.
Apr 29, 2009 7:29 PM

Russia: Nikola Church’s Chudotvorca (Bashmakovo) (2009)

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Башмаковка (Башмаково). Церковь Николая Чудотворца Никольская церковь Дата постройки: приблизительно не позже 1800.Адрес: Калужская область, Малоярославский район, с.Башмаково.Проезд: На автомобиле. По Киевскому шоссе до с.Ерденево. В селе поворот налево до с.Недельное. В с. Недельном поворот направо на с.Казариново (на юго-запад). За с. Казариново дорога с твердым покрытием заканчивается. На джипе в сухую погоду можно попробовать проехать эти 6 км, но лучше пешком или на велосипеде. Колея приводит к церкви.. http://sobory.ru/article/index.html?object=06513 По расказу местных жителей, в 60х годах церковь закрыли, убранства вывезли в Ивановскую церковь. Председатель колхоза организовал в этой церкви сушилку для зерна. Сушилка работала, двигатели гудели, температура была высока и в один момент не выдержали своды и обвалились. С тех пор церковь заброшена, стоит разрушаясь от времени.
Apr 29, 2009 5:22 PM

Russia: Nikita’s church of the martyr (Kazarinovo) (2009)

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Казариново. Церковь Никиты Мученика Никитская церковь Дата постройки: 1903.Адрес: Калужская область, Малоярославецкий район, Казариново.. Михаил. 22 марта 2009 писал:Вокруг храма идет активная застройка дачников, заборы стоят уже вплотную, по рассказам местных бабушек есть подземный ход соединяющий этот храм с храмом в Недельном. При СССР её активно разбирали, о чём мне поведали жители Недельного, хвастаясь что подвалы в гаражах сделаны из кирпичей этой самой церкви. http://sobory.ru/article/index.html?object=04242
Apr 29, 2009 5:14 AM

Russia: Inside abandoned church. Refectory. (Bashmakovka) (2009)

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Церковь Николая Чудотворца. http://sobory.ru/article/index.html?object=06513
Apr 28, 2009 7:35 PM

Russia: Inside abandoned church (Bashmakovka) (2009)

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Церковь Николая Чудотворца. http://sobory.ru/article/index.html?object=06513
Apr 25, 2009 11:09 PM

Russia: Inside abandoned church (Nikolskoye) (2009)

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Apr 21, 2009 7:59 PM

Russia: Inside abandoned church. Refectory. (Fedorovskoye) (2009)

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Церковь Иоанна Богослова Дата постройки: 1716. http://sobory.ru/article/index.html?object=04235
Apr 14, 2009 9:39 PM

Russia: Nonoselki.Near Nikolay Chudotvortsa’s church (2009)

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Nikolay Chudotvortsa’s churchNikolsky church construction Date: 1819.
Apr 4, 2009 3:51 PM

Russia: Near church Guria, Samona and Aviva (village Trekhsvyatskoye)

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The wooden Temple of Three Prelates has been constructed in 1794г. parishioners. The stone Temple is constructed in the XX-th century beginning (1094-1910г.) external walls of the basic volume of the Temple, an altar part (three apses with the arch) and as the bottom part (about 13 heights) belltowers has partially remained By this time have well remained. www.translate.ru
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Russia: Inside abandoned church (Seredinskoye) (2009)

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Mar 27, 2009 10:48 AM

Russia: Inside abandoned church (Alabino) (2009)

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Mar 10, 2009 5:17 PM

Russia: In Blagoveshchenija Presvjatoj Bogoroditsy’s Church (Sergija Radonezhsky)

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Благовещенская церковь
Mar 10, 2009 5:17 PM

Russia: Inside Palati Lopyhinih

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Усадьба Дольское (Калужская обл., Малоярославецкий р-н). http://www.nataturka.ru/region/dolskoe.html
Mar 10, 2009 5:17 PM

Russia: Manor Dolskogoe

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Усадьба Дольское (Калужская обл., Малоярославецкий р-н). http://www.nataturka.ru/region/dolskoe.html
Mar 10, 2009 5:17 PM

Russia: Blagoveshchenija Presvjatoj Bogoroditsy’s Church

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Mar 8, 2009 4:07 AM

Russia: Inside abandoned house (Tihonova pustyn)

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Вероятно на месте этой заброшенной постройки когда-то было сооружение относящееся к скиту. http://sobory.ru/article/index.html?object=01468
Mar 6, 2009 3:18 PM

Russia: брошенный хутор в 300 км от москвы

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Брошенный хутор в 300 км от Москвы. Январь 2009 года.
Feb 26, 2009 4:39 AM

Europe: Ruins (Belkino)

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Руины усадебного дома в Белкино
Feb 25, 2009 4:36 AM

Russia: Inside abandoned church (Lukyanovo)

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Церковь Феодоровской иконы Божией Матери XIX

The naughty side of VR

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https://www.wareable.com/vr/naughty-america-vr-porn-interview-2025

“Paul believes what has happened in the past fuels Sony’s reluctance to give porn its full backing. “They’ve gotten burnt twice by us. First by VHS and Betamax. Then Blu-ray versus HD-DVD. They lost with Betamax because it didn’t support adult entertainment. They almost lost with Blu-ray at the last hour and then they decided to support it. They’ve been burnt twice so you hope that the organisation would learn. Don’t do that again, but they probably will.””

 

This Wall Street Firm Says Virtual Reality Is Like Smartphones Nine Years Ago

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http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-03-03/this-wall-street-firm-says-virtual-reality-is-like-smartphones-nine-years-ago

“We think the VR [virtual reality] ecosystem is in its ‘2007-smartphone’ moment in terms of the adoption cycle,” the analysts write in a 68-page note published on Thursday. “It took four to five years for smartphones to reach 100 million users in the U.S., we expect a slower adoption curve for VR, but still strong enough for an enormous market.”

 

10 Stocks That Stand to Benefit From the Rise of Virtual Reality

http://www.investopedia.com/articles/investing/123115/10-stocks-stand-benefit-rise-virtual-reality.asp

“A report by advisory firm Digi-Capital estimates that the augmented and virtual reality market will grow to be worth $150 billion by 2020. Companies pioneering the technology behind the exciting new mediums are well positioned to flourish if mainstream adoption can finally be achieved. (For more, see: Virtual Reality Will Be a Billion Dollar Business.)”

 

Comparison Between Oculus Rift And HTC Vive headsets

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http://mobilesiri.com/comparison-between-oculus-rift-and-htc-vive-headsets/

“From the early verdict, it’s hard to call a winner between both of the headsets. Both of the headsets have lots of similarities, but the difference to note here are how these two devices take the most out of the specs. While the Oculus Rift is designed for seated position primarily, the HTC Vive is meant to be used while moving around in a mall space. We have to wait until both headsets are finally out in the market.”

The VR Industry Is About to Make a Serious Mistake

https://medium.com/@gentrylane/the-vr-industry-is-about-to-make-a-serious-mistake-87958c1e1eb3

“Paypal, YouTube, Squarespace, the Google Empire, Blab, Instagram, and Shopify. Those are the real game changers and none of them were even a blip on the radar in 1995 when internet millionaires were being minted monthly. Each of these companies vastly improve the quality of life for millions in ways great and small. None of them are a straightforward online versions of x, y or z.”

Why You Won’t See Hard AR Anytime Soon

http://blogs.valvesoftware.com/abrash/why-you-wont-see-hard-ar-anytime-soon/

“Leave aside the issues associated with tracking objects in the real world in order to know how to virtually modify and interact with them. Leave aside, too, the issues associated with tracking, processing, and rendering fast enough so that virtual objects stay glued in place relative to the real world. Forget about the fact that you can’t light and shadow virtual objects correctly unless you know the location and orientation of every real light source and object that affects the scene, which can’t be fully derived from head-mounted sensors. Pay no attention to the challenges of having a wide enough AR field of view so that it doesn’t seem like you’re looking through a porthole, of having a wide enough brightness range so that virtual images look right both at the beach and in a coal mine, of antialiasing virtual edges into the real world, and of doing all of the above with a hardware package that’s stylish enough to wear in public, ergonomic enough to wear all the time, and capable of running all day without a recharge. No, ignore all that, because it’s at least possible to imagine how they’d be solved, however challenging the engineering might be.

Fix all that, and the problem remains: how do you draw black?”

 

 

Survey finds two-thirds of consumers don’t know virtual reality headsets exist

http://siliconangle.com/blog/2016/03/04/survey-finds-two-thirds-of-consumers-dont-know-that-virtual-reality-headsets-exist/

“Survey respondents listed travel, viewing infrequent live events (such as the Olympics), seeing concerts, and playing sports as their top wants for a virtual reality headset.

Of note, given that much of the initial focus on VR headsets has been around gaming, use of a VR device to play games and viewing sporting events rank in the bottom two interests for the general population.”

Mark Zuckerberg Says It Will Take 10 Years for Virtual Reality to Reach Mass Market

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https://www.technologyreview.com/s/600915/mark-zuckerberg-says-it-will-take-10-years-for-virtual-reality-to-reach-mass-market/

“I honestly don’t know how long it will take,” he said. “It could be five years, it could be 10 years, it could be 15 or 20. My guess is that it will be at least 10.”

More than a decade is a long time in the technology industry. And Zuckerberg’s sober assessment stands in stark contrast to recent enthusiasm for virtual reality that he is in no small part responsible for.”