Spherical Panoramas

These are a special type of image, similar to a Photo Sphere you may have seen on Google Street View.  They are taken with a camera that is rotated through 360° on a special head on a tripod and covering both the top (zenith) and bottom (nadir).  Depending on the focal length of the lens, this can result in 4 to 18 (or more!) pictures which need to be stitched together on a computer to form a complete spherical panorama.  To form a High Dynamic Range image (like the Hidden Trails panorama below) three shots are needed at each position, increasing the pictures to be stitched to 54.

Sitiching is done with a special computer program on a robust computer.  I am using PTGui on a Macbook Pro.  The image is further processed to produce the mirror ball that you will see over the nadir position.  This is in fact a mirror image of the entire scene, and is created with another program, Pano2VR.  How do I get into the image?  Magic?  No, wireless remote release.

The resulting image with mirror ball is taken back into PTGui and converted into a web format.  The package, with a special player program, is uploaded to my website server.   All you need to do, however, is click on one of the links, and play with the image.  

Since the executable file is at the server, there is nothing that needs to be downloaded or installed at the your side; you don't need to install Flash, or Java, which means that it should work on any modern browser, or mobile device (iOS or Android; it has been tested on an iPhone, iPad, and a Samsung Galaxy phone).  If you are on a mobile device, tablet or phone, you can move the phone to move the image, just like looking through a wondow!  Or, you can drag the image, pinch with two fingers to zoom in or spread two fingers to zoom out. If you pull the image off center within 3 seconds the program will reset to the horizon and resume rotation. The panoramas can be seen in VR glasses (even the cheap ones from China).

On a computer or laptop the navigation will be rotating mouse based, in which you can push the image with a mouse or trackpad.  If you do move the focal point, the image will stop rotating for 3 seconds, then resume. You can use the shift key to zoom in, and the Command key (on a Mac) or Windows key (on a PC) to zoom out.


Willow Grove, Escondido, day

Willow Grove, Escondido, night

Hidden Trails backyard view

Interior Living Room

Hidden Trails and Willow Tree, Escondido

TownePlace Suites and SpringHill Suites, Henderson, Nevada

TownePlace Suites Close View

Welcome to Las Vegas Sign, Las Vegas, Nevada

Henderson Home

Office in Escondido

Cardboard Display for VR Goggles 

Here is something interesting.  If you are using a pair of VR goggles, or a Cardboard viewer, then choose this link.  It will give you a split display perfect for use in a Cardboard Viewer.

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