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January 31, 2005 11:49 AM   Subscribe

Quicktime virtual reality panoramas of thousands of picturesque places in the Western United States and Canada. Feast your eyes on The Grand Canyon, Death Valley, Yosemite, Mossbrae Falls, Monument Valley, a Ghost Town, the Cascades, Palm Canyon, Joshua Tree, Las Vegas, Redwood Forests, poppy fields, palm groves, and Bumpass Hell. (via Highways West) (previous Mefi appearance)
posted by euphorb (8 comments total)
This is cool and I missed it last time. I love panos and will have a good time exploring these later on.

posted by fenriq at 12:14 PM on January 31, 2005

I've been getting interested in doing panorama's recently. Here's a nice How-To in PDF. You used to have to take multiple images with overlap for stitching but now with a 180-degree fisheye lens and the right software you can do a 360-degree spherical panorama with just TWO exposures. (This is recommended only if you have a higher resolution digital camera).
posted by spock at 1:05 PM on January 31, 2005

Very nice. I have done quite a few of these, but tend to build them in Flash. I'd love to hear comments.
posted by olyman at 1:18 PM on January 31, 2005

My family used to visit the Antelope Valley poppy fields often when I was a little kid (got lots of oh-so-cute photos from back then)... Thanks for reviving the memories!
posted by bdragon at 1:20 PM on January 31, 2005

Great. Now there really is no reason to go to these places. (Sorry, pictures are fine and all, but I don't want technology to take away all the reasons for going to these places.) Neat technology, though.
posted by Doohickie at 1:20 PM on January 31, 2005

olyman: VERY nice. While I am normally not a fan of Flash™ I think delivering panos in that format is greatly preferred to the old java players (our Linux friends will certainly disagree). Nice to see a system that works well with Mac browsers. Whose Flash player system did you use, or did you roll your own?
posted by spock at 1:36 PM on January 31, 2005

Each picture is a small vacation ... thanks!
posted by homodigitalis at 5:17 PM on January 31, 2005

Oooh, I've seen this before, but forgot the address.
Love it.

This scene from my hometown is making me sort of nostalgic:
posted by kmmontandon at 5:29 PM on January 31, 2005

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