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Monthly Archives: November 2010

Virtual tour of 2010 Taipei Int’l Flora Expo available

Taipei Flora Expo_ EXPO Dome
Image by copycatko via Flickr

The 2010 Taipei International Flora Expo is just around the corner.

The Taipei City Government is inviting internet users to get a glimpse of the expo online before it opens on Saturday.

A spokeswoman for the expo, Ma Chien-hui, said on Wednesday that virtual tours of each of the expo’s 14 pavilions are available online. Those include newly added tours for the Pavilion of Dreams, the EXPO Theater and the EXPO Hall.

“Web users can take a virtual tour of the 14 pavilions. The tour includes an environmentally friendly structure at Xinsheng Park, the world’s biggest wall featuring the drawings of [well-known Taiwanese artist] Jimmy, the Pavilion of New Fashion made from PE bottles and the British-styled Taipei Story House. People can visit our website to learn more about the pavilions they plan to visit so that they can get a feel of [what they're like],” said Ma.

The virtual tour was shot on location at the expo. With the click of a mouse, web users are given either a daytime or nighttime view of the venues of the upcoming Flora Expo. The virtual tours give visitors a panoramic view of the expo and close-up shots as well.

For more information, visit http://vr.2010taipeiexpo.tw

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360cities.net Unveils New Record-Breaking Gigapixel Panoramic Photo of London

New Record-Breaking Gigapixel Panoramic Photo of London

Image by Jeffrey Martin, www.360cities.net

Prague, Czech Republic, November 16, 2010 – A newly published 360-degree photo of London takes the
crown as the largest spherical panoramic photo in the world. The image of London, at 360cities.net/london,
has a total resolution of 80 gigapixels, or 80 billion pixels. Shot by photographer Jeffrey Martin over a period
of three days from the top of the

Zooming in in apartment somewhere far away

Image by Jeffrey Martin, www.360cities.net

Centre Point building at the crossroads of Oxford Street and Tottenham
Court Road, the image reveals the highest-resolution view of any city that has ever been captured. From this
vantage point – 36 stories up in the air – an astonishing number of landmarks, houses, skyscrapers, shops,
offices, and streets are visible. Countless people at street level are observable, as well as thousands of
windows, many of which reveal glimpses of life inside.

and a terrace somewhere in the panorama

In short, it is a portrait of London, the likes of which
has never been made before.
Previous attempts at world record gigapixels include a 26-gigapixel image of Paris, a 70-gigapixel image of
Budapest, a 26-gigapixel image of Dresden, and Martin’s previous record holder from 2009, an 18-gigapixel
spherical image of Prague. This new London gigapixel image, if printed at normal photographic resolution,
would be 35 meters long and 17 meters tall (115 feet x 56 feet).
Martin, a panoramic photographer and the Founder of 360Cities.net, created the London gigapixel image
from 7886 high-resolution individual photos taken from the Centre Point building. These thousands of photos
were then stitched together as one single image on a powerful Fujitsu CELSIUS workstation, provided for the
project by Fujitsu Technology Solutions. The computer comprises dual 6-core CPUs, 192GB of RAM, and a
4GB graphics card.
To encourage people to explore the 80-gigapixel image of London in its finest detail, 360 Cities will launch
three separate contests to find and describe items or places in the photo. In the first contest the winner will
receive a Fujitsu 27″ LCD monitor provided by Fujitsu Technology Solutions, computer and camera bags
provided by Crumpler.com will be awarded in the second, and in the third contest, over $3000 worth of
holidays will be awarded, courtesy of Intrepid Travel (intrepidtravel.com) and their subsidiary, Urban
Adventures (urbanadventures.com).
Further information about the making of the image can be found at http://blog.360cities.net/london-gigapixel.
About 360 Cities
360 Cities is dedicated to promoting geo-located, high-resolution spherical imagery by providing the bestanywhere
platform for publishing panoramic photography on the web. 360Cities.net is the web’s largest
collection of spherical, map-based panoramas, and through its partnership with Google Earth, this content is
introduced to an even wider audience worldwide. 360 Cities is a Netherlands limited company with a
subsidiary in Prague, Czech Republic.

see the full tour

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Google Earth Adds A Panoramic Photo Layer For A 360-Degree View

New panoramic photos in Google Earth

Viewing photos in Google Earth has long been a popular activity for avid virtual globe-trotters. It’s one of the best ways to “visit” places all over the world without paying for a plane ticket or getting jet lag. Today, the Google Earth photo viewing experience just got better with the addition of panoramic images.

People using Google Earth will find a new “Photos” layer that includes not only the existing 2D photos from the Panoramio community, but also panoramic photos from around the world contributed by users of 360cities.net. These high-resolution panoramic photos are marked in Google Earth as red square icons. When you click on one of these icons, an info bubble containing an image appears, and clicking on the image again will take you into our photo viewing mode. You can then look around in 360-degree views and experience the place as if you’re standing right at the center of it.

new “Photos” layer on Google Earth
info bubble on Google Earth
source: google-latlong.blogspot.com
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The secrets of Photography

Photography Secrets –
A step by step guide to master digital photography.


  1. To improve your photography skills.
  2. To enjoy better albums.
  3. To know what you are doing.
  4. How to look at things.
  5. How to compose a scene.
  6. To deal every ‘complicated’ situation quickly and efficiently.
  7. The easiest way to do it.
  8. Photography skills once for all.
  9. Know what fits you.
  10. Be up-to-date with techniques & Knowledge.
  11. A professional book as backup in your smartphone.
  12. Doing it nice and easy.


  13. Congratulations!!! You have reached “Mastering Digital Photography” the most extensive fasciculate digital photography guide.
  14. You get one concentrated book and whole professional stuff included. This guide emphasizes the most basic and important concepts that matters during photography.
  15. It teaches you the concepts, and when you catch the concept – anything else is easy, just like to ride your bike.
  16. First you’ll be guided to what important while you choose your ‘weapon’ and tools, and then you’ll learn how to use them. Of course it depends on how much money you would like to spend, and what kind of photographer you wonn’a be.
  17. The whole book was written by using clear language. You’ll be practicing new technics, while each of them will be explained using simple and easy words. You’ll find the reasons why some choices in a specific photography situation are better, while not for others. The limitations in some situations and which one of them has the wide range of possibilities to handle.

more info

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