What happens when you take four cameras and shoot a timelapse of the night sky, and then stitch the resultant videos together? Pure trippin' amazement.
Sometimes, famous landmarks lose some of their draw when put in context, as seen in this Imgur gallery
, which was expanded and modified slightly by Bored Panda
. For more physical context, there are Google earth links below the break. [more inside]
You might want to check out this video primer
first, just to get the idea, or you might just want to dive in and zoom, zoom, zoom into the Tokyo Tower Gigapixel Panorama
To document the amazing beauty of the moment, Photographer Brady Dyer had his girlfriend Emma take a 360 panorama at sunset from their rooftop in Florence, Italy, it ended with unexpected sweetness
. [slyt | via]
Heinrich Caesar Berann
is known as the father of the modern cartographic panorama
and is also credited as the most prolific panorama artist ever
. His style and work could be credited with the lasting appeal of stylized panoramic maps that often feature exaggerated or distorted features as the preferred map type for ski resorts and trails
(PDF) but Berann's true passion was art, as seen in these collections of his paintings
found on the tribute site
maintained by his grandson, Matthias Troyer. [more inside]
An amazing image of London taken from the top of the BT Tower has set a new record for the world’s largest panoramic photo. The image shows a full 360 degree view of London in incredible detail.
- photographer Steve Bloom's latest book focuses on the business people, shops, and signs of Nairobi. Take a panoramic walk down Kitengela Road
in what is arguably the largest panoramic stitched together from hundreds of photos. In another clip, Bloom talks about his experiences
taking the photos. (Via About:Blank)
speciality is stunning panoramic photographs taken in flight: this plunging interactive piece above Angel Falls, the world's highest waterfall
, being a wonderful example. Other pieces include the Maldives
, the Great Pyramids of Giza
, and Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
. A list of all the works in the catalog
, and as locations on a world map
. All of the linked panoramas require Flash (amd most have music, which can be muted), but the site also supports lower resolution versions for mobile devices. [more inside]
The music video for "Come and Go (featuring The KickDrums)
" (vimeo, best viewed in widescreen)
features "various buxom ladies in pink tank tops," and it's a little wider than average. That's because it was shot on a single-point capture 360° panoramic video camera
. Directed by Alan Wilkis, who suggests
we "think of it as ULTRA widescreen… as if you’re looking in all directions at once." Free downloads of the song (and three remixes) are available at Soundcloud
. (Via) [more inside]
Take 36 mobile phone camera modules and put them in this
and throw it in the air and you get this.
Action video of Throwable Panoramic Ball Camera
(seen at the top of the page). [more inside]
Hiroshima after the atomic bomb
360º panoramas of the destruction, taken six months after.
Wrapped in Light --
Using the deep field of pinhole photography, objects painted with a photoemulsion
can be illuminated with a panoramic view of their surroundings, then developed and fixed.
In September of 1848, Charles Fontayne and William Porter took a series of 8 panoramic views of Cincinnati by the then still new daguerreian process
, capturing a little more than two miles of the riverfront. In skilled hands, daguerreotype can capture an amazing resolution, so much that modern technology is required to view the full image. In 2007, the 1848 Cincinnati panorama was restored, utilizing a stereo microscope
, finding so much detail that the eight 6 ½ inch by 8 ¼ inch plates could be enlarged up to 170 by 20 feet without losing clarity. In May of this year, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County put the daguerreotype plates on display with touch-screen computer displays to see the fine details
. But if you can't make it to Cincinnati, the library has a new website where you can navigate and zoom in for a glimpse of life along the riverfront
. [via mefi projects
] [more inside]
German photographer Peter Langenhahn
has an unusual approach
to sports photography: he combines multiple images
from numerous times
in the competition into a collage, with striking effects
The official Google Earth plugin
is one free download that makes all sorts of cool stuff possible in your browser. There's a full screen version of the program
(complete with underwater views and 3D buildings) which can be searched by entering queries at the end of the URL. There's a framed version
with support for layers, historical imagery, day/night cycles, and the Google Sky starmap.
Less useful but more fun are Google's collection of "experiments" demonstrating the possibilities of the Earth API, including a "Geo Whiz" geography quiz
, an antipode locater
, a 3D first-person view of San Francisco
, a virtual route-follower
, and MONSTER MILKTRUCK!
, a crazy fun driving simulator that lets you careen a virtual milk truck through the Googleplex campus, ricochet off the Himalayas, or explore any other place you care to name.
Lots more can be found in the Google Earth Gallery
-- highlights include
a look at mountaintop removal mining
a real-time flight tracker
a guide to trails and outdoor recreation
a 360 panorama catalog
geotagged Panoramio photos
and the comprehensive crowdsourced Google Earth Community Layer
And while it's too large to view online, don't miss loading the Metafilter user location map
into a desktop version of Google Earth! [more inside]
The Photopic Sky Survey
is a 5,000 megapixel, 360 degree panorama of the entire night sky stitched together from 37,440 exposures. (via
"The finished Strahov library panorama
, released Tuesday on Martin’s website, is a zoomable, high-resolution peek inside one of Prague’s most beautiful halls, a repository of rare books that is usually off-limits to tourists... Martin’s panorama lets you examine the spines of the works in the Philosophical Hall’s 42,000 volumes, part of the monastery’s stunning collection of just about every important book available in central Europe at the end of the 18th century — more or less the sum total of human knowledge at the time."
360-degree video panorama
of the world's largest dodgeball game. (Best viewed in fullscreen.) How it was filmed. [Both links via Coudal]
This week the BBC broadcast a Panorama special
(UK only link, YouTube links here
) on what it presented as the alarming rise of game addiction. Thoughtful responses from Rock, Paper, Shotgun
, both of whom point out a number of problems with it.
Here is an 80-gigapixel panoramic photo of London
made from 7886 individual images. This panorama was shot from the top of the Centre Point building in central London, in the summer of 2010. [more inside]
A two-part panorama of London originally made in 1845
by the Illustrated London News, later updated with text descriptions. Other formats can be found on the blog post
. [more inside]
Paris in 26 gigapixels is a stitching of 2346 single photos showing a very high-resolution panoramic view of the French capital (354159x75570 px). Dive into the image and visit Paris like never before! [more inside]
Panoramic shots of people doing yoga in Umag, Croatia taken at sunset (1 2 3
) and one in the morning
A most unusual panorama:
a proof of concept combining 180 degree panorama photography along with camera movement.
The camera mounted with a fish-eye lens is placed on a trolley traveling in a circle.
reports that researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, in collaboration with scientists at NASA's Ames Research Center, have built a low-cost robotic device that enables any digital camera to produce breathtaking panormamic images called Gigapans
. A frequently updated website with high quality photographs of Scilly. Here are some of my favorites
The main problem with panorama photography is that good photo stitching software is expensive and often difficult to use. Then when you have finally managed to put together a good panorama, it's nigh-on impossible to share it with your friends. Scrolling back and forth on your screen is possible, of course, that's so un-Web 2.0!
offers a possible solution with a free, embeddable Flash viewer for panorama photographs, with some cool outdoors
, groovy indoors
and some downright surreal
stuff already available.
Field of View's SPi-V engine
(pronounced "spiffy") lets you take panoramic images
from places like flickr, and turn them into interactive, full-screen environments
. (note: shockwave required)
is a series of dramatic photographs from director Nuri Bilge Ceylan
. Shot all across Turkey, he used them to record locations he was scouting for his films. Many are panoramic
, some are epic
, others intimate
, and all are beautiful. (via and via
car trip photos including some panoramas
of the racetrack and its mysterious stones,
and cute kids
is the world's first fully automatic 2D image stitcher. Capable of stitching full view panoramas without any user input whatsoever, Autostitch is a breakthrough technology for panoramic photography, VR and visualisation applications. This is the first solution to stitch any panorama completely automatically, whether 1D (horizontal) or 2D (horizontal and vertical). Don't miss the gallery
Hanoi Panoramas Beautifuly atmospheric
360 degree photography in the streets of Hanoi, by Vietnamese photographer Thinh Le. Also black and white panoramas of Downtown Saigon
. A little info on the camera and technique
has an ongoing collection of high-quality full screen Quicktime VR panoramas of European cities, focusing on famous artistic and cultural landmarks (in Rome
), with interactive maps and travel information. A collaboration with national tourist offices by Swiss company Vrway Communication
, which also publishes Vrmag
, a bi-monthly review of panorama photography, and the FullscreenQTVR
directory in collaboration with the well-known panoramas.dk (previously mentioned on metafilter: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5).
New Year's Eve From Around the World.
panoramas from the first few minutes of 2006 in New York
and elsewhere. [Note
: Some of the panoramas also have sound]