Yesterday I used the sunny Good Friday for a photowalk through the center of Almere and took a series of spherical panoramas featuring the modern architecture in our city. For the shots I used my Sigma 8mm fisheye lens with the Nodal Ninja 3 panorama head. New new version of Autopano Pro was used to stitch the 7-8 images of each scene.
In September we went for another vacation in Normandy France. There we took several bridge panoramas at the river Seine, including my contribution to the the 3rd Word Wide Panorama shoot. In the week of the Equinox, September 18-22, 2004, photographers around the world created VR panoramas on the theme “Bridges”. The Word Wide Panorama site external features 187 panoramas from 37 countries.
People say that photos are worth more than words. It’s true – no words could ever completely represent the beauty of the Shirakawa Village in Japan, the Zurich China Garden in Switzerland, the windmills of Kinderdijk in the Netherlands, the north rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona or many other spectacular locations. During the summer solstice weekend, June 19-21, more than 110 photographers in 32 countries captured QuickTime VR panoramas to represent the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) theme of World Heritage. While being on our way to Normandy/France we also participated in this project and took 2 panoramas of World War I cemeteries just north of Arras (France). Even though they are not on the UNESCO list, we feel they should be, as a lesson from history.