The earthquake hit central Chile on February 27 2010 with an intensity of 8.8 Richter scale. As a result, the city was left partially paralyzed. In this panorama you can see a collapsed section of a highway Vespucio Norte, rendering the highway useless. Luckily, despite several destroyed vehicles, nobody was killed at this place.
Panoverflow.com is a website we launched recently dedicated to answering questions about panoramic photography. It’s now getting more useful – new questions and answers are added every day. You get points for being helpful, or for asking good questions - it’s a nice way to show you’re an expert – and it’s a great place for beginners to ask questions. Yuval (one of the project leaders of Hugin panorama stitching software) called it “the best thing to happen to the panorama community in years”. Not bad!
The Panoverflow site is based on the idea of Stackoverflow.com, a Q and A site for programmers created by Jeff Atwood and Joel Spolsky. Panoverflow is running on a spin off software called StackExchange that has been released to allow third parties to build communities similar to Stack Overflow around other topics.
Here are the most interesting questions on the site with links to their answers:
How to shoot a spherical panorama without having the tripod in the image?
(Scott:) If you are using a panoramic head such as the Nodal Ninja, I recommend taking a shot or two straight down while the camera is still on the tripod. I’ve never managed to have the camera in the exact right position to eliminate the parallax for the straight down hand held shot. Those extra shots can… Continue reading
How was this Paragliding panorama taken?
(Scott:) I found this panorama today by Martin Hertel, and it has been driving me insane all day. I love it, but can’t figure out how it was taken.
(Leif:) People – actually all living beings – is a nuisance in panoramas! No doubt about it. They never stay where you want and you get all these ghosts to edit out. On a more serious note: I have been wondering if there is a way to do “action” photos – a faster way to get the shots. I am working… Read the rest of the question and the answers
How to do aerial panoramas using a pole?
(Rey:) What would be a good approach to start doing pole panoramas? how high can anyone go without being too risky for myself and others. Read the answers
How to calibrate my panoramic equipment?
(Yuv:) There are many different ways to calibrate lenses to panorama heads. What is your preferred method? is there a tutorial online? please link to it. Read the answers
What are the next questions going to be? Join the community.
Boingboing published two 360 Cities panoramas of power-plant control rooms. From the article:
Jeffrey sez, “I’ve got two fantastic power plants to show you, in 360 spherical photography. First let’s travel back to the 1950′s or so. Photographed by our member Noel Jenkins, he says, “The control room of the substation at Lea Marston, Warwickshire, is the only surviving building following the demolition of the three coal fired power stations that made up the huge Hams Hall power station complex. …
We’ve received a very interesting letter from Richard Chesher, one of the most dedicated 360cities.net members. It’s a story about his journey to take a photo of the rare and endangered Cagou, Rhynochetos jubatus, in it’s natural habitat. We’ve asked him if we could share the breathtaking story also with you, our readers, and he agreed.
When Frederique and I set out at dawn from Noumea to take a photo of the rare and endangered Cagou, Rhynochetos jubatus, in it’s natural habitat I really did not expect to succeed. But it would be fun trying. The Cagou only exists in New Caledonia and of the estimated population of 1000 half of them live deep in the protected wilderness and wet forests of the 9,045 hectare Parc Provincial de la Riviere Bleue, about an hour’s drive from Noumea.
Against all probability we came upon a small family of Cagous close to the largest Kaori tree in New Caledonia – a tree that is over 1000 years old. Cagous, the national bird of New Caledonia, have wings but cannot fly. They are very shy creatures and at first they vanished into the brush, then after we waited quietly for awhile Freddy saw two of them moving slowly through the trees. Freddy waited while I slowly tracked them with camera ready. There was, of course no way to set up a tripod and take a shot so I planned to try and get as close as I could, with the camera as low as possible (right on the ground) and take the image while marking the exact position and height of the lens until Freddy could come up with the pano-head so I could complete the panorama.
I ended up crawling through the forest on my belly while wiggling a finger at one of the birds, trying to emulated a big fat grub (which they eat). I was able to coax the female close enough to get an image with my fisheye lens. She cautiously came to within 1.5 metres when the male rushed over and extended his crest, hissing like an angry cat. She put her head down, turned and ran off. The male glared at me for a moment and then followed her into the bush. I did not see them again, although Freddy and I wandered around the forest for about 3 hours.
Cagou New Caledonia (this is a static version of the interactive panorama below)
I had a series of shots by then and the one I used, with the male’s crest feathers extended, was perfect. I kept the camera as exactly in place as I could and Freddy came into the forest with my special ground-level Nodal Ninja (just a 200mm spike attached to the head). I shoved the spike into the soft forest soil, set up the camera, and finished taking the sphere.
You can see where this pair have been scratching at the ground searching for small lizards, grubs, insects, earthworms and snails. Cagous mate for life and can live for more than 20 years. The female lays one egg a year and both the male and the female tend the egg and rear the chick. Young cagous may stay on the parent’s 10 to 30 hectare territory and familys may have a maximum of 6 birds.
There is a beetle under a leaf close to the camera, hiding from the Cagous. Can you find it?
Did you know it is possible to embed thousands of high-resolution panoramic 360 photos, directly on your own website or blog? If you have ever put a Youtube clip into a blog, then you know how to publish an interactive panorama in your blog.
Make your website beautiful with more than free photography – immersive 360 panoramic photos will “wow” your viewers. Show the best parts of your city, or the most exotic locations where you’ve never been – it’s up to you.
Take a look at how it will look like, and feel free to play with it:
This is a thank you to all AWESOME people who upload the wonderful panoramas of NATURE to 360 Cities!
Now this is just a tip of an iceberg. There are new submissions every hour, which is obviously too much for this blog. Therefore we decided to share with you what seem to be the most amazing submissions so far.
All panoramas you can see below represent 1 point for the author in the competition. You need to get at least 4 points to enter the draw for the PTGui Pro license. The participant who get’s the most points will win the main prize for this stage, which is Samyang f3.5 8mm lens. The next stage of the competition is starting December 2nd and it’s going to be even more exciting. The main prize will be a Nodal Ninja panoramic head and EZ-leveler and the second prize another PTGUI Pro license! To enter the competition just upload panoramas to 360 Cities. The theme for the first stage is NATURE and the theme for the second stage will be announced when the stage starts. Read the more about the prizes and rules of the competition.