Japanese Virtual Tours

Japanese Virtual Tours

Our intrepid pano photographer Rick headed overseas late last year. His destination, London UK, with a couple of weeks in Japan on the way. Rick experienced 2 sides of Japan in his 2 weeks, the City – Tokyo, and the Country – Hokkaido. Plenty of stunning photography was produced in the short time Rick had available. Here are a few examples: Shibuya Station, Tokyo Tomakomai Shrine, Mount...
‘Best Of’ Melbourne part 1

‘Best Of’ Melbourne part 1

As a former Melbournite, it was a pleasure to be able to photograph the city I grew up in and show it off with a thousand or so panoramas! Looking back now, I thought I’d stop and compile a list of the best stuff, and what I think sums up the character of the city. So, if you’ve never been, here’s what you’re missing! Melbourne is a beautiful city, and has a justified reputation for being one of the world’s most liveable too. Whatever your cup of tea is, be it food or fashion, art or sport, Melbourne has you covered. Royal Botanic Gardens The Royal Botanic Gardens is a short stroll from the city and St. Kilda Road, making it a popular spot during lunchtime. On weekends you’ll find joggers, picnickers and people just out for a stroll. The Moonlight Cinema makes for a great night out under the trees in summer. Birrarung Marr A relatively recent makeover has turned the area between Federation Square and the Olympic Park sporting complex, now known as Birrarung Marr into a fantastic space containing many art installations, and catering for touring events such as Cirque du Soleil. Southbank Southbank lies on the south bank (funny, that) of the Yarra River, and features a promenade lined with cafes and bars, as well as fine dining and retail precincts with specacular views back towards the city. Southbank is also home to the Eureka Tower and Crown Casino. Federation Square Though Federation Square was for a long time considered a bit of a white elephant, the city has now embraced it for what it...
Surfer Girl, Noosa

Surfer Girl, Noosa

This is an oldy, but a goody. I was shooting on Noosa beach late one afternoon when I notice 2 girls surfing which is not common. Girls surfing is, but 2 girls surfing alone isn’t. I’m shooting panos with a fisheye lens so there is no use taking pics of them, and I would ask permission first in that situation (which is of course impossible). So I continue shooting around the area and then down by the rock wall, when they decide they’ve finished surfing and it’s time to head in. Perfect serendipity, the lead girl is leaving the water just as I’m shooting, creating one of my favourite panos. You can’t see the girls in the thumb, you’ll need to view the pano...
Parliament House, NT

Parliament House, NT

The Northern Territory (NT) in Australia is an incredible place. It is so very sparsely populated that the capital city, Darwin, has only 110,000 residents, while the entire state contains 215,000 people, or around 1% of the Australian population. Considering this I was surprised to find such a large and unique looking building for the State Parliament house, or to be precise ‘Legislative Assembly’. I was also surprised to learn this beautiful building was already 13yrs old. Standing right near it, I figured it was very new, with it’s grand structures and (to me) Asian influences. But that’s the NT, a place chock full of surprises. Parliament House...
Cradle Mountain Boat Shed

Cradle Mountain Boat Shed

Cradle Mountain National Park is a very popular and beautiful spot in Tasmania. On my last shooting trip to Tasmania I managed 2 trips here. On the first one it was snowing after a cold snap in the middle of summer, this shot is from the 2nd visit about 10 days later when the snow had all...
Uluru Southern Face

Uluru Southern Face

It’s New Years day, and time to give my blog some well deserved attention….how many other bloggers have decided this today I wonder? My guess is 1 million. The link posted here is to my favourite pano of the moment. It’s of Uluru (Ayers Rock) and was my submission for the ‘Best Of 2007’ on the World Wide...
Stanley, Lighthouse

Stanley, Lighthouse

This lighthouse, built in 1924, was originally active at Highfield Point, but was replaced by a post light and relocated here to the Stanley waterfront as a memorial to local sailors.
Stanley, Chair Lift

Stanley, Chair Lift

There are two ways to get to the top of the nut. One is to walk, the other is to catch the chair lift. I was going to walk, but the thought of lugging my gear up there didn’t appeal too much. I’m glad I didn’t ’cause once you are on the nut, the track around the top of it is another 30 minute...
Stanley, Wharf

Stanley, Wharf

In 1892 workers building a breakwater here set 5000 pounds of dynamite into the mountain above. After the huge explosion no rocks fell. Then 12yrs later fractures caused by the blast finally gave way and 200,000 tons of rock suddenly crashed to the ground.
Stanley, Godfreys Beach

Stanley, Godfreys Beach

Here on Godfreys Beach – Stanley, we have a great view of the Nut. Yesterdays Virtual Tour was on the far right edge of the Nut, directly overlooking the town.
Stanley, Tasmania

Stanley, Tasmania

Stanley in the far North West of Tasmania, is a gorgeous little town with a monolithic rock known as ‘The Nut’ towering over it. We’ll be seeing a lot of the Nut over the next week or 2, but in this Virtual Tour we are on the top of it. 134m (440ft) above the town, on top of the Nut, we can see almost every single building that comprises Stanley, what an incredible...
Docklands, Art Journey

Docklands, Art Journey

In our final Docklands virtual tour we again feature urban art. This piece is called Silence, by Adrian Mauriks, if you want to know more, you’ll need to visit the Art Journey on the docklands website. The Docklands is a beautiful place, and very undercrowded which is nice. With trams running every few minutes it’s very easy to get from the Docklands to Melbourne City in no...
Docklands, Cow Up A Tree

Docklands, Cow Up A Tree

Back at ‘Cow Up A Tree’. The inspiration for this work comes from the Australian Landscape and a strong water-based theme. The artist saw images of a violent flood which swept cattle into trees only to leave them stranded once the flood subsided. Read More Here. This was to be our last Docklands Virtual Tour for now, but I think I’ll continue north and provide a few more panos of the ‘New Quay’...
Docklands, Victoria Harbour

Docklands, Victoria Harbour

Standing on the edge of Victoria Harbour, we’re almost surrounded by Shoal, urban art by Cat McCleod & Michael Bellemo. The inspiration for this work is a flying shoal of fish, fishnets, fish scales, fishing lures and rippling water.
Docklands, Aurora Urban Art

Docklands, Aurora Urban Art

The Docklands is packed with heaps of great urban or public art. Unlike any other place I’ve covered so far, they’ve actually made a webpage to provide details of the art. Bravo. So in this virtual tour we’re looking at the Aurora, by Geoff Bartlett. It’s a huge, impressive piece which takes the form of an inverted cargo net, which is symbolic to the history of the Docklands as a place of transit for goods &...
Docklands, Bourke St

Docklands, Bourke St

Here at the intersection of Bourke St & Harbour Esplanade we can see all the way back into the city, as well as some more Urban Art. We have the Continuum, by Michael Snape on one side of the road, and the Aurora, by Geoff Bartlett on the other. You can check out all the Docklands Urban Art here. Melbourne Docklands Reviews, Links, Websites – Click...
Docklands, Parks

Docklands, Parks

This hill is about the highest point in the Docklands (excluding any buildings of course) so it affords a good view over the southern areas. As you can see there is a lot of green down here, lots of parks and play areas, and even BBQ facilities, which people were using this evening while the rest of the park was very sparsely...
Docklands, View Of Melbourne

Docklands, View Of Melbourne

Just a short distance from yesterdays Docklands Virtual Tour, we walk up a steep grassy knoll to discover a fantastic view from Melbourne City, through the Docklands Yarra’s Edge & Marina and out to the West Gate Bridge.
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