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Monthly Archives: April 2012

Photographer Captures 24 Hours In One Panoramic Photograph



 24 Hours  Panoramic Photograph

His long exposure photo was taken with a Canon 550D DSLR camera. In the dazzling shot, star trails look like a modern interpretation of Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’, while the glowing sunlit clouds recall something by Michelangelo’s careful hand. The photographic masterpiece creates an almost spiritual vision of Greece’s beauty, don’t you think?


White Tip Shark Ilot Mato South Reef New Caledonia

White Tip Shark Ilot Mato South Reef New Caledonia in New Caledonia


Panoramic photo by Richard Chesher

When I took this image of the white tip shark, Triaenodon obesus, it was about one metre from the camera lens. It looks big because it was so close, but was only about 1.4 metres long. Normally these sharks are kind of hard to get close to – at least on normal terms. One can get a lot closer when feeding them – but that’s one thing I don’t get involved with; feeding them with bait or feeding them with parts of myself.

I have to admit that I don’t think sharks are cuddly creatures. I don’t trust them. They have a chilly, unintelligent persona and I don’t feel comfortable taking my eyes off one when I see it in the water. They normally reciprocate the feeling (humans are a lot more dangerous than sharks) so we tend to go our separate ways pretty quick if we happen to meet unexpectedly. But this shark was apparently unaware of what I was and seemed quite comfortable hanging around. In fact 3 or 4 of its mates were hanging around, too. They were not sure of what kind of creatures Freddy and I were because we were wearing our stunning zebra-striped leotards. You can see Freddy in hers, swimming up the coral gully on the reef behind the shark.

The sharp, high contrast pattern of these leotards confuse our normal human shape in shark eyes (also in fish-eyes) and the reef creatures are a whole lot less worried about us than when we look like a normal human killer fish. The suits also have the benefit (if you call getting close to sharks a benefit) of protecting our tender skins from the sun, the occasional jellyfish or stinging coral. It even holds a little body heat.

For more about diving and snorkelling spots in New Caledonia’s fabulous lagoon, check out the cruising guide to New Caledonia.


ImmerVision Develops the World’s Smallest 360-Degree Panomorph Lens

360-Degree Panomorph Lens

ImmerVision, the inventor of the 360-degree panomorph lens and worldwide expert in immersive optical technology, has developed the world’s smallest manufactured ImmerVision Enables panomorph lens with 182 by 360 degree field-of-view. This one-of-a-kind megapixel lens designed for consumer electronic applications, measures less then 6mm and can be manufactured by leading lens providers worldwide, offering customers a panoramic view of any environment in the palm of their hand.

“This new 6mm lens is the smallest 360-degree lens in the world, making the panomorph lens one that can be developed in any size, with any image quality, for any application,” said Alessandro Gasparini, Chief Commercial Officer at ImmerVision. “There is increasing demand for 360-degree imaging capabilities on portable devices that require higher optical performance, quality and flexibility with reduced lens size and cost; all requirements which panomorph technology can meet.”

Tamaggo, a consumer technology company, recently had a leading lens manufacturer create a 14-megapixel panomorph lens with 200 by 360 degrees field-of-view. This resulted in the release of the first-ever 360-degree imager with unparalleled image quality and range, putting Tamaggo at the center of attention at the CES tradeshow last January.

Demand for panomorph lenses and distortion-free viewing is also increasing in the security industry. Come fall 2012, a new super-megapixel board-mount panomorph lens will be used in next-generation ImmerVision Enables certified mini domes from the security industry’s top-tier camera vendors.

Finally, much like JPEG or H.264 for photography and video, ImmerVision Enables has become the standard for 360-degree solutions and applications. Organizations are using this standard to develop cutting-edge 360-degree hardware and software products that are compatible between each other, offering customers complete immersive viewing everywhere and at any time.

ImmerVision is currently designing an even smaller panomorph lens than the announced 6mm. Mobile device manufacturers are gearing up to have this miniature 360-degree panomorph lens installed in smartphones and tablets.

About ImmerVision

Leading innovation in 360-degree panoramic imaging, ImmerVision licenses its panomorph optical and software technology to global lens producers, product manufacturers and software developers. Panomorph lenses are the only ones that can be adapted to any camera, any sensor, and any consumer, commercial and government market. .

SOURCE: ImmerVision


White House Partners with Google Art Project for Virtual Tour

Google Art Project


In what the Obama administration is describing as another step in its attempts to increase the public’s access to the White House, the First Lady’s office announced on Tuesday that the Google Art Project will be creating a virtual 360-degree tour of the historic building’s public rooms.

Launched in early 2011, the Google Art Project provides virtual tours of many of the world’s preeminent art museums. As a public museum, a private residence, and the executive office of the President, the White House fills many roles. It will join museums like the National Gallery, the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Google’s site.

The statement from the First Lady’s office announcing the partnership included quotes from a video address featuring Michelle Obama will be posted on the Google Art Project’s White House site. In the remarks, the first lady emphasizes the White House’s role as “the people’s house.”

“Thousands of people have walked these halls and gazed at the artwork,” Mrs. Obama will say in the video. “They’ve examined the portraits of Washington, Lincoln, and Kennedy. They’ve imagined the history that’s unfolded here. And now you can do all of that without leaving your home. So go ahead, look around, enjoy the history and the beauty of these rooms. Because after all, this is your house, too.”

The release announcing the new partnership between the White House and Google goes on to explain that “the White House is the only building in the world that is simultaneously the home of a head of state, the executive office of a head of state, and is regularly open to the public for tours.”

Check out the tour at the Google Art Project.


CNN White House Producer Adam Aigner-Treworgy



CNN White House Producer Adam Aigner-Treworgy