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.
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
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.
Click the image to open the interactive version.

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

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May 23, 2010 8:04 PM

Russia: Pond near chicken coops

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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)

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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)

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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)

Panoramic photo by Andrew Mishin.

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)

Panoramic photo by Andrew Mishin.

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)

Panoramic photo by Andrew Mishin.

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)

Panoramic photo by Andrew Mishin.

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

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

Panoramic photo by Andrew Mishin, Vasily Kumaev.

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

Russia: Abandoned church (Borovetsk)

Panoramic photo by Andrew Mishin, Vasily Kumaev.
Sep 29, 2009 4:32 AM

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

Panoramic photo by Vasily Kumaev, Andrew Mishin.

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)

Panoramic photo by Vasily Kumaev, Andrew Mishin.

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

Panoramic photo by Andrew Mishin.

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

Russia: Abandoned construction 2 (Zelenograd) (2009)

Panoramic photo by Vasily Kumaev.
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)

Panoramic photo by Andrew Mishin.

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

Russia: The abandoned church in Osorgino (2009)

Panoramic photo by Andrew Mishin.

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)

Panoramic photo by Andrew Mishin.

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)

Panoramic photo by Andrew Mishin.

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)

Panoramic photo by Andrew Mishin.

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)

Panoramic photo by Vasily Kumaev.

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

Russia: Inside abandoned church (Bashmakovka) (2009)

Panoramic photo by Vasily Kumaev.

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

Russia: Inside abandoned church (Nikolskoye) (2009)

Panoramic photo by Vasily Kumaev.
Apr 21, 2009 7:59 PM

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

Panoramic photo by Vasily Kumaev.

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)

Panoramic photo by Andrew Mishin.

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

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

Panoramic photo by Andrew Mishin.

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
Apr 1, 2009 10:35 PM
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Mar 28, 2009 1:56 AM

Russia: Inside abandoned church (Seredinskoye) (2009)

Panoramic photo by Vasily Kumaev.
Mar 27, 2009 10:48 AM

Russia: Inside abandoned church (Alabino) (2009)

Panoramic photo by Vasily Kumaev.
Mar 27, 2009 6:48 AM
Mar 10, 2009 5:17 PM

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

Panoramic photo by Andrew.

Благовещенская церковь
Mar 10, 2009 5:17 PM

Russia: Inside Palati Lopyhinih

Panoramic photo by Andrew.

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

Russia: Manor Dolskogoe

Panoramic photo by Andrew.

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

Panoramic photo by Andrew.
Mar 8, 2009 4:07 AM

Russia: Inside abandoned house (Tihonova pustyn)

Panoramic photo by Vasily Kumaev.

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)

Panoramic photo by Vasily Kumaev.

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

Russia: Inside abandoned church (Lukyanovo)

Panoramic photo by Vasily Kumaev.

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.”

 

Jeffrey Martin, founder of 360cities.net, has created the biggest 360º interactive image of New York. He took 2,000 individual images from the top of the Empire State Building over two days and then stitched them together into a 360º panoramic image, which is 203,200 pixels wide and 101,600 pixels high.

Some of the most interesting architecture and most iconic skyscrapers are there waiting for you to inspect them. Be sure to view in fullscreen mode and zoom all the way in.

Henri Smeets is one of Holland’s leading 360º and panoramic photographers. A contributor to 360Cities.net for many years, Henri is a prolific and knowledgeable guy in the field of 360 imaging, and I have had the pleasure of meeting him in person a few times.

 

Henri’s website can be found at C360.NL.

 

My favorite panorama by Henri is this image of people ice skating on a frozen canal in Amsterdam:

 

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When did you first become obsessed with photography? And what else are you obsessed with, besides photography?
I was never really obsessed with photography, I liked it for sure but the steps from taking a shot to looking at the result never suited me in the analog days. Perhaps it was due to a lack of skill or the flat end result, fixed ratio and size, on a piece of paper. Photo’s just ended up in a drawer or box somewhere.
In 1996 I got my first digital camera, a second hand Apple QuickTake. That allowed me to shoot whatever I wanted without having to worry about the costs, still the quality was quite bad. Having gotten used the digital process I decided to get a Kodak DC260, a 1,5 MP digital camera with glass lens, lcd screen, flash and everything 😉 and started shooting for real. I still really enjoy looking back at all the memories that where documented this way, mostly from places all over the world. Later stitch-assist enabled cameras allowed me to create wide panoramic photos.


How did you discover 360 photography? When was it and what happened next?
When I was reading MacWorld Magazine there was this article on QuickTime VR, the latest Apple development in the QT platform enabling a 360 degree foto to be looked at interactively on my Mac. It showed me a way of looking at a photo that I’d never seen before yet felt so natural, logical that I was immediately hooked. The next couple of years I kept following all development around QTVR. Did a few experiments converting scans from a Widelux camera into 360 degree strips but never really got the hang of the entire process involved. As a multimedia producer I did in fact incorporate some QTVRs into several CD-ROM productions, some shot by professional photographers and others created in 3D environments, mind you, this was in the late nineties. It was not until 2006 that I started to create my own 360 full spherical images. I borrowed a Nikon D70 and bought a fisheye lens and a panohead by Kaidan, according to online tutorials and forums (panoguide.com) the ideal combo for the job, and started experimenting with the set.
Visiting IBC, a large broadcast conference a was talking to a marketing manager about interactive panoramas and somehow I ended up shooting his stand. After spending about a day on processing I showed him the results two days later and he was really impressed and immediately asked how much it would cost to put that 360 on his site and if I was available for another exhibition for more stand coverage. Right there and then I knew I was on the right track!


Are you a professional or amateur photographer?
I created a living from creating 360 degree photos and tours, although I always think I could/should get better and still look with envy to what others are creating. Thankfully over the years getting more and more respected by peers and I’ve helped others starting in the field of 360 degree photography with tips tricks lessons and more.


Do you travel much to do your photography?
Most shoots are on location in the Netherlands, about 4-5 times a year I travel around Europe for other shoots and I have coordinated shoots around the world using my Linkedin Panoramic Photography Group and Facebook groups.


What kind of photography do you like the best? and of what kinds of things?
Museum shoots tend to be my favourites but many other jobs are very nice as well. I’ve shot several exhibitions for a famous Dutch Designer called Marcel Wanders and a Photographer called Erwin Olaf. Some a marketing projects or just for documentation purposes. Ideally I would travel around the world shooting Unesco Heritage locations or just beautiful places.

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?
VR or at least the headsets that are being released really gave me a boost in being able to get attention for 360 photography, viewing those very same images we’ve been creating on a Gear VR still amazes me and even stuns many others. Mainstream me be a bit much but it’s popularity it rising that is a sure thing. Many people have used Google Cardboard, mostly briefly and not always for 360 photos or video but the bar has been lowered seriously for creators to get VR content out there.


Who are some of the interesting companies or people who are getting into VR / 360 Photography these days?
Well, it seems like just about everyone is getting into VR, most of them for 360 video creation. Obviously I’m active in the field so it’s possible that my vision is ‘coloured’.

What is your opinion about 360 Video?
Great, just too bad that most of them look really bad to mediocre on a PC screen or good VR Headset. For mobile display they are OK at this moment, some companies are creating some awesome examples like Felix&Paul. But for mainstream creation there is still a lot of work to be done before it will look convincing enough and it will be comfortable experience for longer then a couple of minutes.

 


Hi all! We’re back again with the most beautiful panos the 360Cities photographers uploaded last week. Let’s have a look!

 

CHP smile by Михаил Шишов (click the picture to open the pano)

If you’re a regular visitor to our blog, you know we love to bring you some stunning pictures taken in nature. Well, this might be regarded as the opposite, but this pano of a power plant in Russia looks pretty cool, especially with the sunset behind. But you can be sure that we’ll stick with the nature next time!

 

Tunnel of Hope by Samir Zahirovic (click the picture to open the pano)

Here comes another chilling pano (hey – we promise we’ll be much more optimistic next time!), this time from the times of Bosnian war. The tunnel was meant to connect two Sarajevo neighborhoods, providing food, weapons, humanitarian aid and other supplies to the inhabitants of the city. Have a look, it’s safe.

 

Galerie Médicis, Richelieu by zeljko soletic (click the picture to open the pano)

Panthéon by zeljko soletic (click the picture to open the pano)

To finish on a positive note, we need to travel with Zeljko Soletic to Paris. We’ll have a look inside two famous buildings, the Louvre and Panthéon, to enjoy some paintings and architectural beauty. Nice!

The PRO Panorama Page url feature allows you to share your panoramas without arrows pointing to nearby panoramas or other photographers’ panoramas and without thumbnails and ads. Just go to your unpublished or published panoramas and click on Edit > Other tab. There you’ll find the PRO Panorama Page url, copy it and share it.

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Note this feature is only available for PRO and COMPANY accounts.


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Apple reportedly has hundreds of people working on a secret virtual reality team

http://www.theverge.com/2016/1/29/10871228/apple-secret-virtual-reality-team-report

Apple’s latest acquisition is Flyby Media, an AR startup focused on helping phones “see” the world that worked closely with Google on Project Tango, its mobile 3D mapping division. Other key buys include startups MetaioFaceshift, and PrimeSense, which gave Apple expertise into virtual and augmented projection techniques, computer vision, and motion capture. Apple has reportedly been building prototype VR headsets for several months. It’s unclear right now whether those devices would encase an iPhone, like Samsung and Oculus’ Gear VR and Google’s Cardboard, or be a standalone unit like the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive.

 

 

 

Samsung is Giving Away Far More Gear VR Units Than We Expected

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http://www.roadtovr.com/samsung-is-giving-away-far-more-gear-vr-units-than-we-expected/

The Samsung representative wasn’t specific as to the actual figure, but said that 300,000 is “only portion of the available units in the promotion in the US,” and “grossly understates” the number of units being given away in total, which includes additional stock in other territories.

 

 

 

Mobile virtual reality on track to hit $861M in revenues this year

http://venturebeat.com/2016/02/25/mobile-virtual-reality-on-track-to-hit-861m-in-revenues-this-year/

People wear Samsung Gear VR devices as they attend the launching ceremony of the new Samsung S7 and S7 edge smartphones during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, February 21, 2016. REUTERS/Albert Gea TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

People wear g the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, February 21, 2016. REUTERS/Albert Gea

 

 

 

 

 

“Mobile VR is on track to reach $861 million in revenues this year, according to data firm SuperData Research. That is a big increase for a market that is only just getting off the ground thanks to Samsung’s Gear VR (which it makes with Oculus VR) and Google’s Cardboard casings, which enable smartphones to power virtual reality games and apps. While Samsung and Google are not jumping out of bed each morning to fight over less than $1 billion, both are treating this as a chance to establish themselves as leaders for early adopters and developers.

Investment bank Goldman Sachs is predicting VR will grow to $110 billion by 2020 if you also include the related augmented reality space that combines virtual imagery with the physical world. With that kind of money up for grabs, Google and Samsung see an opportunity to control how you download VR software. The Google Play store already has dozens of VR apps, and keeping that library growing is one of the key ways that the companies could stand to profit.”

 

Google’s secret VR weapon is Project Tango

http://www.theverge.com/2016/2/25/11112544/google-vr-project-tango-io-2016

In one of the craziest demos I’ve ever tried, I strapped an Android tablet to my face in a room and started walking around in VR, untethered to a computer. Without the aid of cameras, the tablet automatically mapped the room I was in and let me explore an ethereal space with a white tree and floating heads. But the crazy bit was that Google’s employees, including Tango lead Johnny Lee, were also in that same space. I could see their heads in VR and they could see me, and their position in VR was exactly the same position in real life. I reached out to one of those virtual floating heads and my real hand tapped Lee’s real shoulder. It was wild.

 

 

HTC SOLD 15,000 $800 VIVE VIRTUAL REALITY HEADSETS IN 10 MINUTES

http://3dvrcentral.com/2016/03/01/htc-sold-15000-800-vive-virtual-reality-headsets-in-10-minutes/

“HTC Vive is the second major high-end VR headset to go on sale this year. In January, Oculus VR — a subsidiary of Facebook — starting selling its Rift head-mounted display for $600. The company didn’t share any numbers about that performance, but the first shipments sold out in a matter of minutes. That pushed new orders from March into April and then into May by the end of the first day. Today, new Rift preorders won’t ship until July.”

 

 

VR Will Make Science Even Cooler

Hands on: Minecraft for the Oculus Rift may be the best VR game to date

http://www.pcworld.com/article/3038777/software-games/hands-on-minecraft-for-the-oculus-rift-may-be-the-best-vr-game-to-date.html

“Minecraft’s exploratory nature, however, feels particularly suited to the Rift headset. Aside from the odd minute or so of combat, you’ll probably be exploring your surroundings in a leisurely manner, rather than trying to keep an eye on dozens of enemies.

I say this because I did feel a real sense of vertigo when playing Minecraft on the Rift, especially when perched on a “glass” bridge high up in the Minecraft landscape. I say this as someone who has happily peered over the edge of both the Burj Khalifa and Taipei 101, and weathered the original Rift rollercoaster demo with no problems. Microsoft ran the demo on a PC, and Microsoft’s PR representatives specifically told me the framerate was locked at 90 frames per second, the minimum level for “good” VR that eliminates motion sickness.You may have a completely different experience, but it might be something to think about before buying a Rift.”

Virtual reality is getting real in China

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“China will be the epicentre of growth for the virtual reality industry, which is likely to ‘explode’ in magnitude and orders in the next one-two years”

“All the required technology enablers are finally coming together — cheap computing power, cheap sensors, cheap high‐resolution display, ubiquitous broadband, robust rendering and physics engines, content provider adoption, etc.”

Teslasuit: This Full Body Suit Lets You Feel Virtual Reality

“Using EMS fed to the body’s nervous system via a skintight suit, the latest prototype can simulate a of a sense of touch or pressure. Meaning that, if someone in the virtual world taps you or pokes you, you will feel it in real time.”

 

16 of the coolest apps for Cardboard, Google’s DIY virtual reality headset

“With just a piece of cardboard and a compatible smartphone, anyone can dive into an array of virtual worlds. From exploring Street View like never before to taking three-dimensional photographs, from immersive VR journalism to exploring our solar system — here are 16 of the coolest apps available for Google Cardboard today.”

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Five tech predictions for 2016

“Virtual Reality will turn out to be a dud. Great initial “wow” experience, but ultimately just a big chunk of tech that will collect dust in the corner.”

Virtual reality, drones and wearables seek to dominate CES ’16

“some manufacturers have sparked fresh excitement of late, especially HTC Chief Executive Cher Wang, who said earlier this month that the HTC Vive VR headset, a joint-venture with Valve, has made “a very, very big technological breakthrough.”

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CES 2016: cars, virtual reality and a lot of hype

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“All eyes this year are, again, on virtual reality, which appears to be heading toward the mainstream with three major consumer headsets – the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Sony’s Playstation VR – all due for release this year. How to define the success of those devices? There is financial momentum, and the support of major investors such as Facebook in Oculus; consumer interest, which will show in the sales numbers of these devices later in the year; but also the creativity of software developers, because without compelling games and experiences, VR has no stories to tell. Joseph says: “VR still needs a lot more software – those are the pivotal catalysts for these devices.”

 

 

Remember 3D TV? Why 2016 Will Not Be The Year of Virtual Reality

“Working for hours at a time night after night in virtual reality, I learned first hand that while VR systems offer tremendous potential in specific targeted areas like design and gaming, the nausea and physical discomfort that comes from spending large amounts of time using VR systems means they are unlikely to take over our homes just yet.”

 

Goldman Sachs explains why virtual reality will explode instead of notoriously flopping like before

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“But now, Goldman Sachs writes,computers are powerful enough to render the kind of super-immersive graphics needed for this whole virtual reality/augmented reality thing to work. Plus, the smartphone industry has made the sensorsand displays necessary standard enough that the devices are comparatively cheap to build.

It means that “head-mounted devices,” or “HMDs,” have a lot of potential as a new form of computing, Goldman says — both with virtual reality headsets like Facebook’s Oculus Rift or HTC Vive Pre, and augmented reality devices like the Microsoft HoloLens or Magic Leap.”

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LYTRO BRINGS ‘SHOOT NOW, FOCUS LATER’ TECHNOLOGY INTO VIRTUAL REALITY FILMMAKING

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“Lytro wants Immerge to be an entirely controlled end-to-end system that takes some of the technical challenges out of VR filmmaking. The whole package includes storage, processing, editing tools, a server to stream VR video, as well as a Lytro application engineer to troubleshoot any issues. According to Jason Rosenthal, the CEO of Lytro, it will cost somewhere in the multiple hundreds of thousands of thousands of dollars.”

 

 

2016: the year when VR goes from virtual to reality

“But just as Kinect’s technology has found lots of uses beyond games, virtual reality may still prove a ground-breaking technology in many areas of life.

Two London psychologists, Dr Ashley Conway and Dr Vanessa Ruspoli, certainly believe that is the case. They have developed a system that uses Oculus’ Rift headset to treat patients with phobias.

Their company Virtual Exposure Therapy aims to give patients exposure in a virtual world to the thing they fear.”

 

The state of virtual reality in 2016: What’s working, what’s not, and what’s next

“The VR hype ahead of CES 2016 can be summed up into four key areas: 1) an explosion of inexpensive mobile headsets; 2) a lot of poorly executed content; 3) an emerging ecosystem; and 4) some really good experiences still waiting just around the corner.”

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