Category Archives: 360 Panoramas

Unreal Estate: Further adventures in 360 night panoramas

I’m continuing to refine my pano gear, shooting, and post-processing techniques. Photographer Tong Lam emailed recently to let me know that he’s been enjoying the night 360′s, and referred to this growing body of work as unreal estate. The most common use of 360×180 panoramas is for virtual tours in the real estate world. The locations that I’m interested in photographing, and the surreal nature of long exposure night photography make unreal estate a very fitting play on words (even if it is already the title of a death metal album).

During last month’s full moon I made a total of ten 360 degree night panoramas at Big M Automotive. Using a technique that’s common in virtual tours, I’ve been experimenting with adding hotspot areas that allow you to move from one panorama to another. If you click on the workshop building in the panorama above, you’ll be taken to another panorama inside the workshop. Click above the red Fury in the interior pano to go back outside.

Linking between panos only works in the Flash version, not on the HTML5 version that’s viewable on an iPad and iPhone. After putting together the rest of the panoramas from the Big M, I plan to experiment with linking them all together for a virtual full moon tour of the yard. Stay tuned.

Night photography 360: Working on classic cars at Big M Automotive

Take a look inside the workshop at Big M Automotive in this 360 panorama featuring the owner’s beautifully restored 1957 Plymouth Fury. More night panoramas of the big fins at the Big M coming soon!

Night photography 360: Under the moon between a Buick and a Ford

Under the moon between a Buick and a Ford -- by Joe Reifer

This 360 degree night panorama was shot during the December full moon at Big M Automotive. Thanks to John for the hospitality. Use your mouse to spin around and see the Ford. Zoom in on the reflection of the full moon in the bumper of the Buick.

Technical details:

  • 6 shots around at -10 degrees and one zenith +60 degrees
  • Tokina 10-17mm fisheye set at 15mm on a Canon 5D Mark II
  • Really Right Stuff (RRS) PG-02 panohead with Nodal Ninja lens ring
  • Each exposure was 2 minutes at f/9.5, ISO 800
  • Stitched in PTGui and output using Pano2VR
  • Full resolution file is 14,000 x 7,000 pixels