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Tribute to Escher


Tribute to Escher in Barcelona

Virtual tour of Escher work
this is an exception – a full CG generated panorama – don’t expect to find it anywhere!

I made it to give special recognition to M.C.Escher’s work, a very talented artist widely known. This impossible world was inspired by Escher’s litograph “Relativity”. Be careful not to get sick wandering around!

Summer Calm in the New Caledonia Lagoon

pacific island new caledonia  stunning virtual tour


Summer Calm in the New Caledonia Lagoon in New Caledonia

The crying sounds of puffins nesting on Ilot Mato wake up on the 23rd of March at 05:30. They cry like a moaning baby – a very erie sound. Then it dawns on me that there is absolute quiet – except for the birds ashore. Not a sound. No wind, no waves, not a peep from the sea birds that typically start work at dawn. I get up and go on deck to look around. It is so calm the sea is a mirror reflecting the cloudy sky. And there is no horizon at all. Now most sensible people would smile and go back to bed – but I quickly go below to grab my camera and then – on tip toe so I don’t make even a slight wave on the sea – I take a sphere image of this amazing morning. It is perfect for the theme of World Wide Panorama’s current global snapshot of our planet – “limits.” I will call it “Zero Limit Dawn Horizon” A horizon without limits extending around our planet in every direction. For me it is the dawn of a very active day because when it is really calm like this we can motor slowly over the reefs with the dinghy and see the coral reefs and fish as if there was no water at all.

Also, when it is calm like this the surface of the sea is like a mirror when you look up at it from underwater. I will take some underwater sphere images with the mirrored surface reflecting the reefs. If, that is, the dawn calm lasts long enough. Actually I have three likely spots picked out already. There is a coral reef nursery area that we explored yesterday, and a colony of clown fish, a lovely thicket of bright blue staghorn coral out by the pass. They would all be fantastic with a mirror above them. We’ll head off for a day of fun in the sun right after breakfast.

Cave Baredine in istria,croatia


Cave Baredine, the big chamber in Istria

The sightseeing lasts 40 minutes, visitors descend along a 300m long pathway up to 60m below the ground and an underground lake and visit 5 beatifully decorated chambers.

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.

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