I sold a pano!

OculusVR, developers of the Oculus Rift selected a group of 200 panoramas from 360Cities to help demonstrate the capabilities of Oculus VR. Images were chosen for their beauty and impressiveness when viewed on the Oculus device.

You can see Oculus CTO John Carmack talk briefly about 360Cities and the experience of viewing panoramas in VR at 36 minutes in.

This isn't the first time I've sold a pano, but I have no illusions of being able to leave my day job to sell panos as stock photography. The first was a gigapan of the Mer de Glace shot with a Gigapan robot, licensed to a geography textbook.

If you want to try your hand at it as well, 360Cities licensing isn't a bad place to start.

To see a few more of my panoramic images take a look at the pano page here, or my 360Cities profile.

Panoramic photography - an intro

I’ve spent a couple of years tinkering with panoramic photography - not really sure why, but I think it has something to do with my frustration of the normal photographic frame to capture the image I remember.

My experimentation has earned me the nickname Dr Pano (thanks Michael!), and had led to me documenting my explorations in the prezi embedded below.

I started exploring with a hand-held compact camera, taking 3 or 4 shots, then stitching them into some great wide-angle images (capturing a couple of great shots on my Great Wall trek). Wanting to go bigger (deeper) I purchased a gigapan, and tinkered with that for a year or so, before I broke my compact camera and upgraded to a digital SLR (which wouldn’t fit on the early Gigapan I’d purchased.

More recently I’ve been going bigger in the other direction (wider) and have done a few full 360x180 panos - using both a monopod, and sometimes handheld. Unsatisfied with the limitations of hand-held panos, I’ve just recently acquired a Nodal Ninja 3 MkII, which I’ve just started getting to grips with…

Anyway… to cut a long story short - I’ve captured my explorations in the tutorial below. I recorded a few videos to explain topics that I couldn’t cover directly through the prezi - and these are embedded in the prezi itself; and also to the left here. Take a look, and let me know what you think, what I’ve missed, or how I might make the prezi better!