Week 16 - 2003 Fullscreen of the Week
This weeks fullscreen shows what is said to be the most famous 20th century building in the world.
On the new Architecture page you will easy find all Architecture fullscreens from the archive and also links to other VR sites specializing in Architecture.
The Sydney Opera House in Australia is perhaps the most famous modern building in the world. Last Sunday the Danish architect Jørn Utzon, who designed it was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize, the most prestigious award you can get as an architect.
A famous architect has to be presented by a famous Photographer and Andrew Nemeth is in the VR community just as well recognized as Jørn Utzon is among the architects. As a pioneer in VR Photography he invented his own technics for stitching panoramas from full frame fisheye images just using Photoshop and the free Panorama tools plugin.
The panoramas from Sydney was created already in 1997-1998 and are featured by Adobe at their Gallery. Read about Andrew at Adobe. Just pick your language. English DE ES FR IT Chinese DK SE NO FI
At his website 4020 you can see images and Java VR from his production with Andrew´s very well written comments and at nemeng.com you can see a detailed description of the technics behind his panoramas.
Andrew´s VR often also contains ambient sound and so does the VR from Manly Ferry. The sound loads at last and needs Quicktime 6 but the panorama will load without sound also with Quicktime 5.
The Fullscreen movie is 2,9 mb in download with sound and will take some while to load if you have a modem connection. However I can guarantee you it is worth it. Here is a tip for 56 k users: Load the fullscreen page, let it load in the background while you read about Andrew at Adobe or Utzon and the prize. The links are also on the fullscreen page, just scroll down.
Pritzker Architecture Prize | Washington Post article
Sydney morning herald
UTZON ASSOCIATES ARCHITECTS
Jorn Utzon - Great Buildings Online
4020.net Andrew Nemeth website
Week 15 - 2003 Fullscreen of the Week
White Sands National Monument in New Mexico
by G. Donald Bain from Virtual Guidebooks
Don Bain is one of the veterans not just with QTVR but also with images on the internet. In 1994 when the WorldWide Web still was young, he founded the Geo-Images Project, one of the first image based web sites on the Internet. The gole was to provide images easy available for teaching geography.
His Virtual Guidebooks has more than 2600 Quicktime panoramas online from Alaska to Hawaii. You can see 2 more fullscreens by him in the gallery, Mount Whitney week 18 and The Olympic Rain Forest week 29-30.
The White Sands is also called the White Sands Desert but this is not a desert of sand but a desert of gypsum, actually it is the world`s largest gypsum dune field.
Don Bain writes:
The dunes are famous for their intense whiteness, but when I was there in mid-winter the sand was damp and pale tan, contrasting with patches of pure white snow. I hiked south from the road until I was alone and waited for the sunset. It was windless, absolutely silent, and the feeling of immense open space was overwhelming.
The dunes cover 275 square miles (700 square km) in the middle of the vast Tularosa Valley, with the San Andres Mountains to the west and the Sacramento Mountains to the east. The distant snow-covered peak to the north is Sierra Blanca (11,977 feet/3650 meters) on the Mescalero Apache Indian Reservation.
This is high desert - the valley receives only about 6 inches (15 cm) precipitation per year, and has no streams or rivers. If it did, the dunes could not survive, as gypsum is water soluble.
Most of the valley is occupied by the White Sands Missile Range, uninhabited and closed to the public. It was 60 miles (95 km) north of here, at Trinity Site, that the world's first nuclear bomb was detonated in 1945. Even in this remote valley air pollution is visible in the distance, emanating from El Paso/Juarez 70 miles (110 km) to the south, where a city of almost 2 million straddles the U.S. Mexico border.
White Sands National Monument (National Park)
1/4 Extra News Panorama
The hearing about the terrorist attacks on the United States. Fullscreen QTVR by Jook Leung 360vr.com
Week 14 - 2003 Fullscreen of the Week
Niagara Cascade at Reunion Island by Hervé Douris
This is what Hervé Douris alias Romuald V says about this weeks Fullscreen:
At least 15.000 km away from the world famous Niagara Falls, and 10.000 km from Niagara site in South New Zealand, this Niagara waterfall is located in Reunion Island, 1.500 km east from east Africa.
The Sainte-Suzanne River has its sources inside a rain forest called "Plaine des Fougères" (Fern-trees plain), around 1.500 m height. Then the flood grow up and jump from cliff to cliff down to Niagara cascade in a 13 km long trip. This is the last waterfall of the river. Downstream, it quitely meanders through sugar-cane fields in the shadow of high bamboo groves before reaching the Indian Ocean.
The spot is well known by tourists visiting the island and all nature lovers. It's a great place for abseiling and the 50 meters basalt cliff is also frequented by free climbers.
Those who have followed the Fullscreens through last year may remember Hervé Douris for his aerial view of
The Volcano Piton de la Fournaise in week 48.
Since then Hervé has been working on improving his technics using the Sigma 8 mm Fisheye which during the last year has become the tool for many VR photographers including myself, to produce panoramas in situations where it was almost impossible before.
With a handheld digital SLR we can shoot quality fullscreen panoramas in the middle of a crowd of people or like Hervé did last Thursday when he made this weeks panorama, standing in the stream in front of the waterfall with his Nikon D1x only 25 cm from the surface.
The panorama was stitched using PTmac
PTmac is a frontend for the free plugin Panoramatools. A similar tool for Windows is PTGui More information in my Technical Resources
Links: View more panoramas by Hervé Douris at his website