Posts tagged ‘Panoramas’

The planet Earth has proven to be too limiting for our awesome community of panorama photographers. We’re getting an increasing number of submissions that depict locations either not on Earth (like Mars, the Moon, and Outer Space in general) or do not realistically represent a geographic location on Earth (either because they have too many special effects or are computer generated) and hence don’t strictly qualify for our Panoramic World project.

But many of these panoramas are extremely beautiful or popular of both.

So, in order to accommodate our esteemed photographers and the huge audience that they attract to 360Cities with their panoramas, we’ve created a new section (we call it an “area”) called “Out of this World” for panoramas like these.

Here you have some examples of Out of this World panoramas:

Tribute to Escher. Panorama made by 


Mars Panorama – Curiosity rover: Martian solar day 177. Panorama made by 


Back in the Lab. Panorama made by 


You can check more panoramas like these in our “Out of this World” area or type this tag in the search box on the website: @tags out_of_this_world.

Any 360Cities member can upload an Out of this World panorama: Just upload a pano and click the “This pano is Out of this World” checkbox. Your panorama will be reviewed before being sent out of this world.



The 360Cities Team

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

Please, share your favorite home related panoramas with us. Send them to

The 360Cities team

Panorama photographers are an active group…and active people generally appreciate sports. Check out the 8 awesome sports related panos below.

Thanks all for your sports submissions!


Motocross International Classic Neuvilly, France. Panorama made by 


Center Court, Klagenfurt, Austria. Panorama made by  


Coasteering at Porth Dafarch, Wales, UK. Panorama made by 


Trophy truck sequence at Baja1000, 2012, Mexico. Panorama made by 


Karate Kids in Avrora sport club. Kherson region, Ukraine. Panorama made by 


Davis Cup Tennis – Brazil versus Russia, Brazil. Panorama made by 


Flying gliders, Tyumen. Russia. Panorama made by 


23rd Munich Marathon shortly before the start, Munich, Germany. Panorama made by 

The Shard will open its doors to the public next month. The Shard is the highest building (310 meters) not only in London, but also in the entire European Union. Although tickets are not cheap, opening day tickets are already sold out.

We have some awesome panoramas from the highest skyscrapers in the world – but who will be the first 360Cities’ photographer to shoot a pano from the top of The Shard?

Here are some great panoramas from the top of skyscrapers around the world:


Skyscrapers “Seven sky”, Novosibirsk, Russia. Panorama made by Novosibirsk.


Vysotsky (skyscraper) – the highest point (188.3 m), Russia. Panorama made by 


Mexico City from Torre Latinoamericana, Mexico. Panorama made by 


Maintower, Frankfurt, Germany. Panorama made by 


Esplanada, Kiev, Ukraine. Panorama made by 


Burj Khalifa Dubai Floor 106 North View, United Arab Emirates. Panorama made by 


The sun sets on Chicago from the Skydeck in the Willis Tower, formerly as the Sears Tower, USA. Panorama made by 


White Tip Shark Ilot Mato South Reef New Caledonia, Melanesia. Panorama made by 


The swift current of Rio Francés, South America. Panorama made by 


Uyuni, Bolivia, South America. Panorama made by H


Seljalandsfoss, Iceland. Panorama made by 


Frosty winter forest, Finland. Panorama made by 


Upper Antelope Canyon, Arizona, USA. Panorama made by 


Tower of Hercules, Spain. Panorama made by 


Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, France. Panorama made by 


Maria Aurora’s Millennium Tree, Philippines, Asia. Panorama made by 


Blue Spring of Bonito River, Brazil. Panorama made by 


Sunrise in Halong Bay, Vietnam. Panorama made by .



Here are some of your favorite panoramas of 2012 (part 1/2). It is not easy to select one as your favorite and impossible to say which one is the best. We are lucky, we can enjoy all of them.

Take your time, fly, and dream.


Chachar Fasl Museum, Arak, Iran. Panorama made by



Monumental acro paragliding show, Spain. Panorama made by 

Monumental acro paragliding show, Spain


Paragliding, Yamac-Parasutu,Turkey.Panorama made by  paragliding-turkey-yamac-parasutu, Turkey


Hot Air Ballooning in Fiji, Melanesia. Panorama made by  

Hot Air Ballooning in Fiji, Melanesia



The Milky Way Over Rakow Mecklenburg, Germany. Panorama made by 


Illumination on cherry blossoms in autumn, Japan. Panorama made by  


Northern Ligths:

Northern light near Kiruna, Sweden. Panorama made by 


Northern lights in kirkenes snow hotel, Norway. Panorama made by L




Inside a washing machine, Barcelona, Spain. Panorama made by 


Back to the Future DeLorean Interior, Toronto, Canada. Panorama made by 


Doing the Dishes, Rotterdam, Netherlands. Panorama made by  


Shower, Tokyo, Japan. Panorama made by 


Interior view of refrigerator 2012, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Bavaria, Germany. Panorama made by 



London2012 Paralympics Closing Ceremony 10, London, England, UK. Panorama made by 


Gerelt Zul Urguh Yoslol, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Panorama made by  



“We were all children once. And we all share the desire for the well-being of our children,
which has always been and will continue to be the most universally cherished aspiration of humankind.”

We the Children: End-decade review of the follow-up
to the World Summit for Children
Report of the Secretary-General (2001)

Masonga, primary school, Tanzania. Panorama made by 

Violin Practice, Mérida, Venezuela. Panorama made by 

Nobody’s Children Foundation Picnic, Park Sowińskiego, Warsaw, Poland. Panorama made by 

Quran School, Ethiopia, Africa. Panorama made by 

Birthday Party, Toronto, Canada. Panorama made by 

We are pleased to announce that a large selection of 360Cities’ panoramas have been included as a default feature in Microsoft’s new Windows 8 Travel App, powered by Bing, which was released on October 26th, 2012.
See how it works:


The Bing Travel App features thousands of 360Cities’ panoramas from around the world. We expect the number to increase over time. In selecting panoramas for the Travel App, Microsoft specifically looks for high quality panoramas of iconic locations. The chance of your panoramas being selected increases based not only on the quality and theme of your panorama but also on the quality of the metadata and tags.
A select few 360Cities’ panoramas will even have the honor of featuring on the homepage. The first of these appeared on October 26th. Here’s a screenshot: homepage on 26 October 2012

Big thanks to Microsoft and the Bing team for helping bring 360Cities images to an even larger audience. Find out more about Bing apps on Windows 8 here.

This article is the second in a series of articles first posted on 360 Cities site in 2008 by David Martin, Jeffrey Martin and the 360 Cities team. The first article was about what the spherical panorama is and how it can be used. Today let’s show you how to create one! The information is still interesting and relevant even after 2 years so I’ve left most of the text the same. I updated only some parts (marked in italics) where the information was not accurate anymore. -Jan

To create a high quality spherical panoramic image, you need some special photographic equipment and some special software. Typical photographic equipment includes a digital SLR, a fisheye lens such as the Sigma 8mm F3.5 EX DG or the Samyang 8mm f3.5, a tripod, and a panoramic tripod head. Because no lens can capture the entire image sphere in one shot, one needs to cover the sphere with several shots. The special tripod head is optional but it helps to rotate the camera without changing the viewpoint. If the lens nodal point moves between shots, then parallax will make the next step of stitching the photos together very hard. With a fisheye lens, one covers the sphere with 2-6 shots, depending on the equipment, circumstances, and desired quality.

Stitching the images together

The next step is to combine the individual images into a spherical panoramic image in equirectangular format. The process of doing this is far beyond the scope of this article. There is a good free and open source tool called Hugin that many photographers use for this purpose. There are also commercial programs available like PtGUI or Autopano. The process is currently semi-automatic, becoming more automatic as time goes on. (Update: The situation is now much better than it was in 2008. If you know how to take the images properly the stitching process is a very straightforward these days. When you want to erase your shadow or tripod from the image it can still be a bit of work, though.)

Publishing the panorama to 360 Cities

Once you have created a panoramic image in the 2:1 aspect equirectangular format, it is a simple matter to publish it on the 360 Cities platform, which will make the image available not only on the web but on Google Earth as well (if the image is approved for Google Earth). Once you have joined 360 cities, you can immediately upload your image. We recommend a minimum resolution of 5000×2500 6000×3000 pixels. You can upload any size, but the practical maximum resolution is currently 16384×8192 65536 x 32768 pixels. The image will then appear in your pending images list while our system processes it (see below). When processing is complete, the image will move to your unpublished images list. Before publishing your image, you should edit the image metadata to set at least the title, description, geo location, and heading. Within a few minutes, your uploaded equirect will be available for viewing on the web and in Google Earth. During those couple minutes, our system converts the image into a variety of formats that enable efficient viewing at full resolution on various platforms.

Viewing the panorama

Once uploaded and converted, you may view the image both on the web and in Google Earth. Note that the very nice fullscreen mode. Click and drag on the image to pan; press the shift and control keys to zoom in and out.

The birth of Benjamin Martin in Czech Republic

Old Town Square Christmas Market in Prague

You can view an image as an PhotoOverlay on Google Earth (birth and market). You may have to double click on the downloaded KML file in order to launch it in Google Earth.) The Google Earth panoramic image viewer is not as slick as krpano, but it does the job. Click and drag to pan the image; there is also a pan and zoom control in the top right corner. If you exit the photo, the overlay is rendered as a floating sphere! Double-click on the sphere to fly into it.

In either format, as you pan around or zoom in and out, you’ll see tiles loaded as needed, just as happens in Google Maps. Krpano and Google Earth load only the tiles from the multiresolution pyramid that are needed to render the current view. The tiled pyramids provide a representation that makes these resolution-independent viewers possible.

Getting Started

Getting Started With Panoramic Photography Guide

Useful links

PanoTools Wiki – information hub for panoramic photography
PanoTools – Panorama Tools
PTgui – GUI for Panorama Tools
hugin – panorama photo stitcher
autopano – automatic panorama stitching
enblend/enfuse – image blending and HDR fusion tools
Panorama Tutorials – more links