Monday, December 27, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Much thanks to Emilio Campi for sharing this image with us. Can we come and visit please?
Monday, December 20, 2010
Once again London was covered in snow, and once again the news became snow-obsessed. And yet, much of the infrastructure in the capital kept running, with only 5% of bus routes affected much. However, traffic levels were greatly reduced and the airports closed, making the pace of life and noise levels much more pleasant. Though bemoaned by many, snow is welcome by many as well, who make the most of the opportunity to throw the stuff around, roll about in it, slide down hills on it and build stuff out of it.
This panoramas below shows how snow can transform a scene, creating a little magic for those who stop complaining long enough to enter in.
And nearby is Primrose Hill, whose southern slope provides both excellent views over the snow-covered city, and equally fantastic tobogganing opportunities. In an almost 'anything goes' manner, all kinds of objects are used to slide down the slope. Even lying on other people (hopefully friends) seemed acceptable, with trays, cases and road signs converted into possible toboggans for the afternoon.
Friday, December 17, 2010
Canon produce a vast range of EF lenses for their EOS cameras, making them an excellent choice for anyone looking to buy a new digital camera. Not only that, the range continues to expand and grow, allowing budding photographers also to explore new areas of photography. Canon EF lenses are among the best in the world, they were the first to successfully commercialize Ultrasonic motor (USM) lenses, fast, silent and precise autofocus. Many of the lenses also have image stabilization (IS) or hybrid IS technology. This provides compensation for hand-shake in low-light, slow exposure settings, making photography even easier.
This video below provides an excellent introductory tutorial into Canon EF lenses.
The Canon EF lenses are identified by several factors:
Before starting out on selecting a Canon lens, it is always important to ask what kind of photography you want to do. However, whether you are interested in wide angle, scenic shots, macro work or need zoom for wildlife photography, Canon have got it covered.
- Focal Length – given in mm, with low numbers providing wide angle images and higher focal lengths providing greater magnification of long-range objects, but with a narrower field of view. The Canon EF range is very diverse, covering 8mm fisheye lenses through to 1200mm lenses.
- Aperture – marked as f/1.0 or similar. The number indicates the lowest setting at which that lens will work. A lower f value indicates that the lens will allow more light in and therefore work in lower light conditions.
- Macro – these EF lenses are specifically designed for very close up work, and the work best for these kind of images. So, if your thing is photographing details of stitching or capturing bug-eyes and mushroom gills, then this is the thing to look out for.
- USM – The lens has an ultrasonic motor for focussing. These motors are faster and quieter than other types of auto-focus motors and consume les power.
- IS – EF lenses marked IS have image stabilization technology built in.
- DO lens – These EF lenses have special Diffractive Optics glass and are usually smaller, lighter and perform better than non-DO lenses. Be prepared to pay for them.
- L-Series – the EF lens ‘Luxury’ series, top of the line, with the best optical qualities and build, and with a price tag to match. They all have DO lens technology. Unless you have a lot of money, are mad about your photography or a professional, the L-series are what most of us drool over from a distance.
If you are buying a new lens, consider the kit lens, if it is of good quality. These often cover the range of circumstances most of us are likely to find ourselves in. The EF 24-105mm IS USM lens I have covers pretty much all I need for most things. The quality of the images has been great, and the IS has helped greatly in photographing moving objects like birds from a boat.
So there is a brief overview of lens nomenclature. The best way to choose a lens is to find a friend and see if they will be willing to let you use their kit. If you have that kind of friend be very grateful. Otherwise, make sure you can try them out in the shop, even have an attendant stand with you as you shoot some frames on your own body from the shop door. Of course, often budget plays an unfortunately limiting role in the lenses we can buy.
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Thursday, December 09, 2010
Less than a mile from the centre of Edinburgh is Holyrood Park, dominated by the Salisbury Crags and Arthur's Seat. These snow covered slopes provide another stunning view over the city, as well as a fantastic playground for snow fights, tobogganing and sledging.
Snow has the magical effect of transforming buildings. And so it has transformed the appearance of the Scottish Parliament building opposite the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Built to remind people of the Scottish landscape, the snow covered building now blends in well with Salisbury Crags behind it.
Tuesday, December 07, 2010
During the summer, people freely wander through beautiful parks and squares, browse the museums and markets. In the winter there is the famous Christmas market held outside the Rathaus, the wonders of the Prater park and amusements and numerous concerts.
Monday, November 29, 2010
Anyone can embed any panorama from Panoramic Earth in a non-commercial website for free. Whole regional tour options are also available, showing a collection of images linked to a map of the area.
Friday, November 19, 2010
And, for Herman, amazing people is what his photography is all about.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
The WTM is massive, with thousands of exhibitors from all sectors of the travel industry. Walking round the stands and networking for 8 hours a day has had a toll, both on legs and voices, but has been very worthwhile, and fascinating to see how the different countries and regions represent themselves at the fair. Naturally, the largest parties seemed to be held on stands from Latin America or the Caribbean.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Through his work and passion, Henry has photographed many of the top locations within the UK, including the top of the Swiss Re (Gherkin) building, Royal Albert Hall and the London Aquarium. As shown below, he is not adverse to working in challenging and dangerous conditions.
Say Hello to a Komodo Dragon
Henry says one of the most scary asignments he has done was creating a Virtual Tour of the Komodo Dragon, Raja, at London Zoo. The experience involved getting close up and personal with the dragon, which attacked the camera and then chased the curator round the enclosure as he tried to rescue the camera gear from a very sticky end. Henry says the kit had to be chemically disinfected by zoo specialists and still smelt of Komodo spit months later!
They had just one take, which caught this amazing image of the dragon head on. In the end, completing the shot in the Komodo Dragon enclosure was too risky, and the image was super-imposed on a tour created of the less-life-threatening, adjacent turtle enclosure, which explains the presence of the turtle in another part of the virtual tour.
Some of his favourite images can be found Spherical Images with many being uploaded also on Panoramic Earth.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
The sad result of this is that, currently, you can not easily embed content from Panoramic Earth into Wordpress blogs or pages. If this changes in the future then we will naturally shout about it!
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Embedding Panoramas Step 1
Below every panorama is an EMBED button, as shown below. Simply click on this to start the procedure.
Embedding Panoramas Step 2
Select the Single Image Embedding radial and then click on Continue as shown below.
Embedding Panoramas Step 3
Select the height and width you want to have on your site. The code will be recalculated. Then click on Select to select all the code presented as shown below. Simply copy this and paste it into your web page. Job done. The code must be used in it's entirety, without changing any part of it. This is part of the T&C's for this service.
Embedding Panoramas - The Result And the result is a stunning image within your website, as shown here for the Colosseum in Rome.
Enjoy. If enough people ask for alternative methods of embedding, such as iframes, then we will look into implementing these too.
Monday, October 18, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
For us this was a fantastic recommendation, as ZeelandNet is one of the most popular web portals in the Netherlands, and in the whole world with an Alexa traffic rank of about 23,000. To be promoted by such a website is the fruit of a lot of hard work by both the photographers, writers and programmers behind Panoramic Earth.
Monday, September 27, 2010
More than just an 360° panoramic image library, this collaborative project now involves over 60 photographers and features images from over 60 countries, with strong representation from Europe and Australasia in particular. You can follow the latest additions via the New Images page or through Panoramic Earth's Twitter feed.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Thanks to Isabel Marques, Panoramic Earth has a growing tour of Monaco which shows interactive, 360° panoramas taken of some of the main sights and attractions. A complete index of Monte Carlo attractions and lists of images tagged Monaco also help users explore the various locations and attractions featured.
As with other Panoramic Earth tours, the Monaco map, guide and virtual tour can be embedded in other sites as interactive content.
Friday, August 27, 2010
- Batch uploading of panoramas to an individual holding area.
- Automatic detection of Cylindrical and Spherical panorama format.
- Automatic check compatibility of image with site requirements.
- Individual image management, editing, and allocation to a specific location within the site.
- Modular system allows you to upload now and complete the process at a later time.
- Faster uploading and fewer failed uploads.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
- Radio Bremen's Surftipps Section - Die Welt als Panorama article commends Panoramic earth for clarity, high resolution images, clear mapping in information about nearby locations.
- ClicRBS - major Brazilian portal website recommends Panoramic Earth's Budapest Tour with coverage of the major sites in the city.
Friday, July 23, 2010
The resulting structure, made from sustainable Austrian spruce laminate, currently stands in London Zoo, one of the top London attractions, next to the Bird Display Area and close to the Bearded Pig enclosure and London Zoo restaurants.
London Zoo is a ticketed attraction in London and very popular. London Pass holders get free entrance to the zoo and jump the queues.
This virtual tour was kindly taken for Pestival, fee of charge, by Peter Watts and Panoramic Earth is pleased to be able to support this project with free image hosting and distribution.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
First of all it is worth knowing that there is no special type of equipment required to view panoramas, though Apple devices are ideal for many people. It is possible to view panoramas on just about any modern computer operating system without the use of a special display or projector. Just make sure that your monitor is properly calibrated for colour. And in most cases, there is no special software needed – but if there is for the device you’re using it is easily accessible and usually comes with the product you have purchased.
As we all know computer hardware and software evolves very quickly. That means that the technology for viewing panoramas improves frequently and it may be difficult to set specific standards for the minimum system requirements for displaying digital panoramas effectively. It is helpful the know that the newer your computer or device, the better the panoramic display will likely be. If you are shopping for new computer equipment, try doing a search for PC World discount vouchers to save a little money on your purchase.
As mentioned, the main methods of accessing and viewing panoramas include the web browser, DVD, and a hard drive. However, the playback applications include the QuickTime Player Pro, Java, iPix, SpinControl, ActiveX, and Flash. In most cases, QuickTime is ideal for Apple computers and devices. It is also possible for some of these players to be embedded into the HTML of a webpage, so that visitors to your website can benefit from any panoramas that you upload.
For many photography and computer enthusiasts, Apple computers and devices are the top of the line. More and more people today are turning to Apple products for their work and entertainment solutions, ranging from the iMac to the MacBook Pro to the iPod and the iPhone. Many people even use the newly released iPad for sharing photos and viewing panoramas.
It is possible to purchase Apple devices from a number of places. In fact, those looking to save a little money may opt to use PC World discount codes for significant discounts on Apple products. However, most Apple devices can be bought online at reasonable prices or directly from the Apple store online, though shopping around may allow you to save on shipping, tax, and overall cost. Regardless of where you do your shopping, you should always do plenty of research before making that final purchase. Do you want a laptop or a desktop computer with a fancy large monitor? Is an iPod or iPad enough to view your pictures? It all just comes down to how good you want your panoramic views to look when displayed.
Disclaimer: This is a guest post, the views expressed herein may not be those held by Panoramic Earth.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
Florence is one of the top travel and tourist destinations in Italy. At the heart of Tuscany, and once the capital of a united Italy, Florence is full of history, historical buildings and famous works of art. This new Florence virtual tour shows 360 panoramas of the sights and attractions, churches, public squares and other views.
As usual with Panoramic Earth, these 50+ images are all accompanied with some local and travel information, and can be embedded by other websites as their own content. Included within the tour are stunning panoramas taken around Florence Cathedral, including a unique virtual tour of the interior of the Baptistery of San Giovanni, taken as not even local Florentines see it, without people present.
Friday, June 25, 2010
No doubt, further developments will follow, and it will not be long before Spherical, Equirectangular, Cylindrical, Small Planet, Partial panoramas and all the other projections we like to play around with will work on these mobile devices. At Panoramic Earth, we will follow this with keen interest, and are already seeking ways of implementing this for the panoramas we have.
Flash will probably still remain popular for many panorama viewers, but this demonstrates once again how fast technology moves on the web, and how quickly developers respond to the new opportunities and challenges.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Supported by the Spanish Tourist Office, The Daily and Sunday Telegraph, the free festival will welcome many of the Spanish regions who will add colour and flair to the capital. With giant paellas, flamenco music, medieval food markets and a range of interactive sports challenges and events, visitors will be whisked away for a day to Spain's sunnier shores.
On the 24th and 25th July the Taste of Spain festival can be found on The Mound in Edinburgh.
Tuesday, May 04, 2010
- Provide local translations for the country, region and image title.
- Manage translations for specific locations.
- Provide local and travel information in local language.
- Change relevant meta-data to optimize these language pages within search engines.
- Link to other pages within the site.
- Editing Style - help about the writing style used on Panoramic Earth and easy way to link images together.
- Destination Admin Help - walk-through guide to accessing and editing location procedures.
- Translation Help - walk-through guide to the language admin sections.
Monday, April 26, 2010
Changing Tour Height and Width
Due to popular demand we have added the flexibility for users to alter the height of the panoramas and the maps within the tours. Within the code the following parameters can now be set:
- width - the width of the iframe (default = 600)
- height - the height of the iframe (default = 750 for free tours)
- maph - height of the map within the tour (default = 200)
- panh- height of the panorama within the tour (default = 220)
The default code supplied do not include maph and panh perameters. These must be entered after the key= parameter in the code.
<iframe name="panearthtour" id="panearthtour" width="600" height="750" frameborder="0" src="http://www.panoramicearth.com/tour.php?
key=nDA4ZSBP6v9xRjHkF8RU5dMIsZupIz7T391486bd2c3630f1de37e338eda7f514">This tour of Oahu requires iframes. If you cannot see the tour then please go to the <a href="http://www.panoramicearth.com/1607/United States of America/Oahu">Oahu page on Panoramic Earth</a>.</iframe>
Amended Code (changes in red):
<iframe name="panearthtour" id="panearthtour" width="600"
height="880" frameborder="0" src="http://www.panoramicearth.com/tour.php?
&maph=300&panh=250">This tour of Oahu requires iframes. If you cannot see the tour then please
go to the <a href="http://www.panoramicearth.com/1607/United
States of America/Oahu">Oahu page on Panoramic Earth</a>.</iframe>
- The height of the iframe must be adjusted accordingly.
- Some panoramas on the sight have heights around 300 pixels high. Setting the panh parameter higher than this may result in pixilation of some images on your tour.
- In the future we will add a simple way of doing this as you create your tour on Panoramic Earth before you are given your code.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
There are now over 100, high resolution, 360° virtual tour panoramas from Singapore now on Panoramic Earth. These images cover many of the sights and attractions of Singapore city and the wider island. They show various shots of the skyscrapers around Boat Bay and Clarke Quay, but also the interior of many temples and churches, some from Singapore Zoo and some of Sentosa Island.
The latest image is a hand-held panorama taken inside the shark's tunnel at the Underwater World Attraction on Setnosa Island, shown below.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
- Accepts Spherical as well as Cylindrical panoramas.
- Faster loading flash panorama viewer.
- Full screen viewing options of high resolution images.
- Easy to follow upload interface.
- Multi-language support.
- Updated, faster Google maps.
- Special Article pages.
This, however is not the end, we will continue working to add more features in the future. Please come and visit the new site, and leave feedback in the comments below. We would really like to know of development ideas you may have - you never know, we may well pick it up and add it to the next list! Happy viewing, Panoramic Earth Team
Saturday, March 06, 2010
As mentioned previously, Panoramic Earth is undergoing a major overhaul. We are nearly ready to launch the new version of the site - This will include several major improvements like:
- Complete redesign of the layout and feel, with much improved functionality
- Changes to the image uploading procedures.
- Use of high resolution images.
- Full screen viewing options.
- Cylindrical (panoramas that go round and round) and Spherical (pan up and down as well) images.
- Updating to the latest Google maps API
- Embedding of individual images as well as regional tours
- Better image searching, clearer tables of images.
Friday, January 15, 2010
For several months now we have been working on a major site upgrade for Panoramic Earth, completely redesigning the look, feel and functionality of the site. The good news is that the principles remain the same, still showing great 360 panoramas from around the world from panoramic photographers. Still linking the images to Google maps with local and travel information.
The better news is that the site will be easier to navigate, better to look at and have much more functionality. These two screen shots show some of the differences to be expected:
- Much cleaner feel and navigation.
- Immediate presentation of some local information without scrolling down.
- Thumbnails linking to nearby images.
- Incorporation of the Krpano flash panorama viewer giving smoother action.
- Larger, high resolution images suitable for full screen viewing.
- Ability to display both spherical and cylindrical 360 panoramas.
- Ability to embed single images as well as whole regional tours.
- Local directory for each destination covered giving local travel links.
We are very excited about these changes, offering a much better viewing experience for our visitors and expand the services we can offer the travel industry and community. 2010 will be a year of change, expansion and improvement for us.