360 Panorama Portfolio Update

All of the virtual tours on my 360 Panorama page have been updated with a new look. You'll see night photos of car and airplane junkyards, a weird hotel, abandoned buildings, old neon signs, and Nevada's amazing International Car Forest.

If you're viewing the panoramas on a desktop, you'll fly down into the scene. Then hold down your mouse button and take a look around! The arrows or thumbnails will take you to the next panorama. You can also right click and select Little Planet View to transform the look of each pano.

If you're viewing the tours on an iPhone or iPad, hit the gyroscope button and then move your device to explore the pano. Works great with an iPad in an office chair.

Gyroscope for iPhone or Ipad 360s

I hope you enjoy the new, smoother, more responsive 360 panorama viewing experience!

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Valley Junkyard 360 Night Panorama: Windshields, weeds, and moonlight

The full moon shines through racks full of windshields, and spring rains have created a junkyard weed garden. Fly on in to the interactive version of this 360 night panorama. Follow the arrows or use the thumbnails to tour the rest of this amazing junkyard.

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360 Night Panorama: Trailer, Hubcaps, Windshields, etc.

Trailer, Hubcaps, Windshields, etc.  - by Joe Reifer

Trailer, Hubcaps, Windshields, etc.  - by Joe Reifer

We continued to explore more of the amazing photographic terrain of the Valley Junkyard during this month's night photography workshop. One night we had some really great clouds, and I shot a few 360 panoramas. The old trailer, piles of hubcaps, and rows of windshields on racks made for interesting subject material. Clicking the image above will take you to an interactive version of the panorama.

Update: This 12 panorama junkyard tour starts just down the row in the window racks. Use the arrows or thumbnails to take a 360 degree night tour of the yard!

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B&H Travel Series: How to Shoot 360-Degree Panoramas

B&H Photo just published an article that I wrote on How to Shoot 360-Degree Panoramas. This 360 pano article is part of the B&H Travel Series. I cover everything from iPhone panorama apps to professional panoramic heads. Thanks to night photographer and B&H marketing guru Gabriel Biderman for this opportunity to inspire more people to shoot 360s. Enjoy!

B&H Travel Series: How to Shoot 360-Degree Panoramas
B&H Travel Series: How to Shoot 360-Degree Panoramas
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Boron Air Force Station 360 Night Panorama

Boron AFS Night Panorama
Boron AFS Night Panorama

The Mojave Desert...in July? Yes! During last week's full supermoon I spent 2 nights shooting 360 panoramas at the abandoned Boron Air Force Station. Boron AFS was built in the 1952 as part of the Air Defense Command radar network. After being decommissioned in 1975, Boron was used as a Federal prison from 1979-2000. The radome is still operated by the FAA.

Temperatures were 100º in the daytime, and in the 80's at night. The monsoon season brought fantastic clouds both nights. I was shooting with the Canon EOS 6D, and used the built-in GPS feature to record the location of each panorama. Setting the GPS to record positioning at 2 minute intervals seemed to have barely any affect on battery life. A screenshot of the Lightroom maps module for the shoot is below. The GPS coordinates also get picked up by Pano2VR, which will save a lot of time when building a virtual tour.

You clicked the image at the top and looked at the 360 pano already, right?

Update 8/25/14: There are 14 panoramas in the night tour of Boron AFS. I'm still adding panos, and hope to have a tour with 25+ panos and a map when everything is done.

Boron AFS - Lightroom GPS Coordinates
Boron AFS - Lightroom GPS Coordinates
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