Virtual Tour Blog by Panedia
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Underwater, you never know what’s around the corner… Although they often hunt in groups, solitary dolphins can also be seen hunting. This bottlenose dolphin let us be a witness of this rare moment captured in full 360°. Project made for the Great Barrier Reef Foundation and Seaview 360. For the highest quality select your settings to 1440s HD. Panedia YouTube Channel
This year, Vivid LIVE has commissioned multi-disciplinary design collective Universal Everything to create a new projected artwork for the sails of Sydney Opera House. Titled ‘Living Mural,’ this work combines Universal Everything’s passion for architecture, graphics, moving image and sound. This commission to light the Sails of Sydney Opera House epitomises the spirit of our studio – inventing new forms of moving image for emerging display technologies. Our long term passions of architecture, graphics, moving image and sound converge on this iconic building. Under that spirit we worked with Sydney Opera House with the aim to capture a bit of that amazing light, graphics and sound show in a 360 degree video. The seventh annual Vivid LIVE is part of Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas. Desktop viewers: Watch via the latest version of Google Chrome. For the best experience, select 1440p (HD) or 2160p (4K) from the Quality settings menu. Simply hover your mouse over the video, click and drag in any direction to get the 360˚ experience. Mobile viewers: For Android and iOS users, please ensure you have the latest version of the YouTube App installed. Experience this 360° interactive video by moving your phone around you. Panedia YouTube Channel
The Anzac Memorial was created by the people of New South Wales as a place to remember the impact of the Great War (1914 – 1918). Although the Memorial did not open until 1934 the need for the Memorial was recognised as soon as the casualty figures from the 1915 Gallipoli campaign became public knowledge. Planning for a Memorial of some kind began with the establishment of a fund on the first anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli in 1916. As Australia marks the 100th anniversary of the Great War, the Anzac Memorial Centenary Project will see the new water feature and education and interpretation facilities added beneath the Memorial. As part of that project is the online tour that we have produced. www.anzacmemorial.nsw.gov.au
Samsung, Sydney Opera House and Future Classic have partnered to create a unique and exciting virtual reality experience of one the crowd favourite performances from the sold out FCX concert during Vivid LIVE, as part of Vivid Sydney. This 360˚ experience puts the viewer in the front row for Flight Facilities performance of Heart Attack featuring Owl Eyes and Julian Hamilton. For the best experience, select 1440p (HD) or 2160p (4K) from the Quality settings menu. Simply hover your mouse over the video, click and drag in any direction to get the 360˚ experience. For desktop users, watch via the latest version of Google Chrome. For Android and iOS users, please ensure you have the latest version of the YouTube App installed. If you don’t have access to Google Chrome or the YouTube App, the content will appear in flattened mode. Experience this 360° interactive video by moving your phone around you. The full experience is only available at Sydney Opera House special events with the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Gear VR Headset. Panedia YouTube Channel
Located on the spectacular Darwin Harbour, the world class Darwin Convention Centre is an iconic landmark in the tropical harbour city of the Northern Territory. Set within the lush tropical setting of the Darwin Waterfront Precint, the Darwin Convention Centre is a stunning destination for local, national and international delegates to experience your convention or event. www.darwinconvention.com.au
Interview with Aaron Spence. A short glance at Panedia and its work. Panedia BMNet.us
Clarendon’s new design on amazingly designed homes with 4 separate living zones, 5 bedrooms, plus a study/guest bedroom. www.nsw.clarendon.com.au
A truly spectacular waterfront lifestyle spacious family home with ample outdoor living areas and your own pontoon with a Sea Ray 260 Sundancer Sport Cruiser. Just minutes from Banksia and Woorim beaches in Bribie Island. Mater Prize Home
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This stunning beachside apartment complex features five fully furnished apartments including a luxury four bedroom penthouse boasting sweeping ocean views from its balcony, expansive indoor living area and master bedroom. All that only a one minute walk to the Gold Coast’s Palm Beach. www.rslartunion.com.au
This fabulous home is located at Hamilton Reach in Brisbane. With ideal positioning on the Brisbane River and just a few minutes to the Brisbane CBD, our newest Mater Prize Home is simply ‘Riverfront Luxury’! You will LOVE this stunning home! Mater Prize Home
Win your choice of a luxury waterfront homes on the Gold Coast + $450,000 gold or Sunshine Coast. Helensvale luxury house is located inland from Runaway Bay and Biggera Waters and only a 40 minute drive from Brisbane, offers residents a host of popular sporting venues such as the Links Hope Island Golf Club and Sactuary Cove Golf and Country Club as well as a large number of parks and reserves located in and around the suburb, making it a great place to live. Or just choose a dream location, only a short stroll to renowned beaches, restaurants, cafes and boutique shopping and close to the popular coastal suburbs of Mooloolaba and Alexandra Heads. Located on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast and just over an hour’s drive north of Brisbane and thirty minutes from Noosa, Maroochydore boasts proximity as well as a great coastal lifestyle. www.rslartunion.com.au
Botany Bay was the site of Captain James Cook’s first landing of the HMS Endeavour on the continent of Australia in 1770. They called the site “Stingray Bay” originally as the area was so full of the creatures. Bare Island is found on the northern edge of Botany Bay – while you won’t find any stingrays on this virtual dive you might be able to spot a tiny, bright nudibranch. Can be seen here in Google Oceans.
Camp Cove is often the first place people learn to dive in Sydney. A gentle shore entry leads out into a rocky wall that is home to some of Sydney Harbour’s strangest marine creatures. See what you can find on this virtual dive. Can be seen here in Google Oceans.
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Its true name is “Fale Bommie” (in honor of Fale Tuilagi who discovered it), but “Big Momma” is the nickname local divers have given this huge Porites coral, which may well be the largest coral on the planet. It is 41 metres in circumference and 7 metres high. This type of coral grows very slowly, as little as 1 centimetre a year, which means that this coral is over 500 years old! Big Momma is located in the aptly named “Valley of the Giants” within the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa. Image collect by Catlin Seaview Survey. Can be seen here in Google Oceans.
The lucky first prize winner will soon own all three fully furnished, luxury apartments in sought after locations with spectacular views: Iconic Brisbane Story bridge and river views; Tranquil Sunshine Coast lake views and vibrant Gold Coast Marina views. www.rslartunion.com.au
Things are a ‘little’ hectic at present. We’re just back from a crazy time shooting multiple projects around Vivid and the Opera House in Sydney. Carlos left this morning on a 2 week shoot for Tourism Queensland and just now we passed 30 Million Views on Google Maps. 30,059,310 to be precise 😉 We used to announce each additional million views our content had amassed, but somewhere around 16 million our view count was going up at almost a million a week, so it became pointless. Then we planned for a party at 20 million, which flew by while we were running a stand at an Expo in Melbourne, then we thought… OK 25 million for something special, but we jumped way beyond that when the Nepal earthquake caused a LOT of people to look at our Nepal panoramas. So now here we are on 30 million, Carlos and Sandra are away, and we’re insanely busy on a bunch of projects. I guess we start planning for a 50 million view party instead? Check out Arches National Park, Utah, USA here – Panedia Google Street View.
The whole 2 million square kilometre exclusive economic zone of the Cook Islands is a designated whale sanctuary. During May and October every year the Humpback Whales arrive in the Cook Islands. They are migrating north to South Pacific waters from their summer feeding grounds of Australia, New Zealand, and the cool Antarctic Ocean. They use these warmer waters to mate, give birth and to rest. Can be seen here in Google Oceans.
Imagine owning a coastal home in sunny Queensland. You could holiday in your very own beachside haven in the heart of Birtinya, a popular waterside community on the Sunshine Coast. Mater Prize Home
This stylish waterfront residential complex features 4 luxury homes including a prestige, stand-alone 5 bedroom home that’s a third larger in size than the average Australian house and boasts a private plunge pool and lift. Enjoy spectacular waterfront views from the master bedroom, living and dining areas of all 4 of these brand new RSL built homes. www.rslartunion.com.au
Close to Sanctuary Cove, Sovereign and Ephriam Islands and Paradise Point, this double storey house includes a master bedroom featuring a private balcony with canal views, ensuite with freestanding bath, walk-in-robe, double garage with internal access, media room, and alfresco BBQ entertainment area with timber-decked pool overlooking the canal. The property also includes a Searay 250 Select Ex Sport Boat and pontoon with direct access to Broadwater. Access to a residents-only recreational club offering delightful views over the marina and resort-style facilities is also included in the first prize package. Mater Prize Home
Explore the surface and dive underwater in the freshwater lake of Loch Ness. Take in its haunting beauty, made darker still by the peat particles found in its waters, and let the rippling water, tricks of the light, and drifting logs bring the legend of Nessie to life. Another partnership project with Catlin Seaview Survey and Google Oceans. Can be seen here in Google Street View.
Very interesting article on the New York Times using VR technology. Brian Dawson was on Katmandu, Nepal just when the earthquake hit the city and shot these panoramas for the New York Times. By making a very good use of the VR technology the newspaper showed some of Panedia’s Katmandu VR images taken before the disaster and compared with the ones taken by Brian. The devastation is heartbreaking and quite visible. On this article we can even interact with both images simultaneously and see all around as we here actually there. It was quite a clever way to use VR for journalism and it certainly rose attention for this disaster and the need to help the Nepal people. On the same theme, some Panedia panoramas on Upworthy The New York Times
Last week Panedia participated in Connect Expo 2015 trade show that took place in Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. We had an Exhibitor stand in the Virtual Reality area and our CEO Aaron Spence spoke in a couple of seminar sessions. We did around 400 VR demo’s over 2 days on our stand, keeping our seats filled the majority of the time. It was a wonderful experience that enabled us to show the amazing possibilities of VR technology to the public and reward us with their positive reactions. Check out Connect Expo 2015 here –
Panedia Google views account keeps growing at bigger numbers, now more than 1+ Million a week. We keep proudly looking at this numbers as they mean recognition for our efforts and people’s appreciation of our vast and good content. Check out Melbourne, Southbank here – Panedia Google Street View.
We had the privilege to photograph this amazing building identified as one of the 20th century’s most distinctive buildings and one of the most famous performing arts centres in the world. Here you can see the main performing rooms in detail. On the Sydney Opera House page in Google Views you can also enjoy the building in his best during the Vivid Sydney Festival in 2014. Sydney Opera House Google Street View
The retreat is thoughtfully named Shambhala, which in Buddhism means “pure land” or “mythical hidden kingdom”. Part of the mystique and allure of Shambhala is that it is difficult to find, secluded almost at the end of a private road between Belongil Creek and the ocean. Upon discovery guests are greeted by magnificent temple doors and statues. Those who take pleasure in the balance between lush rainforest and unspoiled beach can hear the ancient aboriginal spirits whispering through the bush, across to the sea. www.shambhala.org.au
Translating to “thirty kings”, Trinta Reis is another spectacular dive in Fernando de Noronha which combines volcanic rock flows and white sandy bottoms. The volcanic rock structures provide habitat and protection for schooling fish, turtles and rays. Can be seen here in Google Oceans.
Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie) is an independent school for day boys and boarders with about 1800 students from Reception to Year 12. The School’s history and traditions spanning since 1912, provide the basis for exceptional educational programs and personal development opportunities tailored to meet the needs of boys. www.churchie.com.au
The Swan Valley’s rich bushland, rolling vineyards and national parks make it the ideal location to escape, indulge and awaken your senses. The region provides a unique blend of wineries, first class restaurants, wildlife, natural attractions, and arts and crafts, all within close proximity to the city of Perth. www.accorvacationclub.com.au
Another great project for a virtual tour on this beautiful house in Springfield Lakes. houseforlife.com.au
Shelley Beach is a protected marine area (part of Cabbage Tree Bay) which was declared a “No Take” Aquatic Reserve in 2002. Since being listed as a protected area local scuba divers and snorklers say they are seeing an increase in marine creatures here – a great observation. Image collect by Catlin Seaview Survey. Can be seen here in Google Oceans.
Snow capped mountains, crystal clear lake waters and outstanding natural beauty, welcome to wondrous Wanaka. Located only a short drive from the striking Lake Wanaka and surrounded by an unsurpassed alpine panorama, Wanaka is a year round playground. www.accorvacationclub.com.au
Panedia Google views account number just jumped 3 million views! This was due to technical problems on Google statistics counting over the last months, that were just solved and reflect now the real number on Panedia page. We are so happy that so many people are enjoying and viewing our work and that is pure motivation for our future and current jobs. Check out Fortescue Bay, Tasmania here – Panedia Google Street View.
Manly is another famous Sydney beach (this one is on the northern side of the Harbour) with a great underwater environment. The Fairy Bower sits between Manly Beach and North Head, and it’s a great place to see Dusky Whaler sharks. Image collect Catlin Seaview Survey. Can be seen here in Google Oceans.
This post is just a public service announcement… I LOVE these Sony A7 series cameras for shooting panoramas. I actually photographed this one with my trusty Nikon D800 and 50mm f1.8 lens, my former love. We have plenty of A7R’s and the odd A7S. They’re light weight, well made, very high quality in every way, and not very expensive (relatively speaking.) The bodies are also identical, so anything we build/buy for the A7R, works perfectly with the A7S, what a brilliant concept. Of course the A7II is out now, and has changed the body a little, but I expect the next cameras in the A7II series to again be identical. Here’s hoping.
‘GOLD Coast specialist panoramic film company Panedia is a world beater’ makes the title of an article in our local newspaper. Nice focus for our work that finally gets some local recognition. Check out Panedia at Gold Coast Bulletin – Gold Coast Bulletin.
The Sebel Darling Harbour The Pinnacle is located in Sydney’s Darling Harbour precinct where international and domestic visitors meet for shopping, eating, entertaining, to visit popular tourist attractions and attend many major conventions. www.accorvacationclub.com.au
Panedia number of views keeps going up now to 13+M. We intend to continue to upload good and beautiful content on Google Views for letting the world appreciate this fabulous locations. Check out Kings Park in Perth, Australia here – Panedia Google Street View.
The Daily Mail published an article on our work: ‘The stunning panoramic pictures taken by an Australian company for Google street view…and they’ve been seen by more than 12 MILLION people’. It is always good see our efforts being recognized. Check out Panedia at Daily Mail here – Daily Mail.
Top floor open planned Harbour view, three-bedroom penthouse with luxury Harbour and Ocean views – all in the heart of the Eastern Suburbs. meritonapartments.com.au
The Grey Nurse Shark is the world’s most menacing yet harmless shark. Although they grow to be rather large and have rows and rows of razor sharp teeth they’re not considered dangerous to humans – they’re rather docile. They breed off the coast of Maroubra and provide a real thrill for scuba divers. Image collect by Catlin Seaview Survey. Can be seen here in Google Oceans.
Beautifully designed, Freshwater Point Resort is conveniently only 15 minutes walk to shops and beach. Perfect for Gold Coast holidays as well as delegates attending the adjoining Gold Coast Convention Centre, Freshwater Point will definitely impress all. www.accorvacationclub.com.au
Fabulous views and sunsets on the Branell Homestead Bed & Breakfast. It is a country wedding & reception venue with on site accommodation near Brisbane and Ipswich. The charm and grandeur of this federation style homestead with its peaceful valley views is just amazing.
This fully furnished, spacious three bedroom home has all the essentials and is just 2.5km from the Sydney CBD, in walking distance to Sydney University and close to public transport. Mater Prize Home
Enjoy absolute beachfront living on the Gold Coast’s beautiful Palm Beach! This home gives you a peaceful ambiance, as well as spectacular views of Palm Beach from the living areas and master bedroom. www.rslartunion.com.au
Dr Pim Bongaerts of The University of Queensland heads up the Deep Reef Science for the Catlin Seaview Survey. Very little is known about these deep reefs (aka the mesophotic zone), which can extend to depths over 100m+ beneath the ocean surface, but still harbour light-dependent coral communities. Using custom breathing gases and specialised equipment, Dr Bongaerts and fellow mesophotic scientists from the Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences and the California Academy of Sciences reveal this hidden world of the “twilight zone”.