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Palmela, Portugal

We published on Google Views a few photos of a small town in Portugal: Palmela. Palmela hosted a panoramic photography conference and is a lovely town full of small labyrinth streets that make their way up to the big 10th century castle. The view there is astounding and stretches all the way around for several kilometers until the next towns and the river Sado. Panedia Google Street View

RSL – 315 Brisbane

Another beautiful apartment magnifically situated by the riverside at the heart of Brisbane CBD.  

RSL – 315 Sunshine Coast

This fresh and light full RSL apartment is very well situated on the Sunshine Coast, just in between the beach and easy access to the main roads.  

Central Park, NYC on Google Views

By opposition to the rush of the Big Apple, Central Park is the heaven for nature and quietude in New York. We decided to published a series of constellations on Google Views that cover the large area of the park in a total of 255 panoramas. We think that this can give you a good idea of the park by experiencing virtually a long walk through that beautiful place. Panedia Google Street View

RSL – 315 Southport

A luxurious apartment magnifically situated in the Southport CBD with great sea views.  

Times Square, NYC on Google Views

We published another set of panoramas on the NYC theme. This time is the heart of Manhattan: Times Square. This nine panos constellation shares a bit of the light and color you can experience on that famous square. Panedia Google Street View

High Line, NYC

Once there was an old unused elevated rail line right in center New York. Then it came the idea of turning that rail line into a park and it ‘runs’ now beautifully in between city buildings, green ways and art installations. We have shared publicly on Google Views a 16 panorama collection of this unusual and amazing park. Panedia Google Street View

Topsy Turvey Tour

Take a Topsy Turvey Tour courtesy of a glitch in the Google Matrix. While working on some Google Views content this afternoon I noticed that Google had finally decided Australia was indeed the ‘Land Downunder’ and therefore it should see Google Maps Views upside down.  I first noticed this on our Sydney Opera House Virtual Tours, but upon checking virtual tours we’d produced in New York they were also upside down.  So perhaps it wasn’t Australia that was being flipped… it was any content produced by an Australian 😉 After messing around for a while I figured out how to make the tour flip upside down, and flip back the other way… so proceeded to have some fun… and make myself feel a little queasy at the same time.  I suspect it won’t be around for long so I created a quick video for posterity. Here’s some of the links from the video above in case you want to try it yourself. (Note: I doubt this will work for very long. Chrome/Windows7) Google Maps Tour Links: Sydney Opera House Brooklyn Bridge – New York Uluru (Ayers Rock) Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

Clarendon Colour Studio

This virtual tour goes through the Clarendon showroom space, where you can explore the options for every detail in the houses.  

Brooklyn Bridge, NYC on Google Views

We published another constellation on Google Views. This set is about a great evening with great friends. We walked Brooklyn Bridge altogether from Manhattan to Brooklyn by sunset. The views were astounding. But the best was yet to come: the perfect rainbow dusk colors in New York Skyline. Enjoy! Panedia Google Street View

Sydney Harbour – Balmain

2 Weeks ago I had a simple Sydney trip planned to spend some time in the Catlin Seaview Survey Office, and produce panos for RSL Prize Homes.  Then I mentioned to another client I was heading to Sydney… they immediately requested another 3 shoots… then another contacted me while I was in Sydney with another project to shoot.  So a simple Sydney meeting/shooting trip became a major undertaking to complete 5 shoots in well under 24hrs. Suffice to say we got it all done, and everyone was happy. The End. The image above was a little extra curricular work I managed to squeeze in at the end of the RSL Prize Home shoot. Viewing the City and the Sydney Harbour Bridge from Balmain.  The RSL Prize Homes were gorgeous as always, and came up beautifully in the panoramas. If you want a chance to win one of the homes, hit up the link below.

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

Having the privilege of watching this fantastic and colorful balloon festival and be able to produce nice panoramas seems pointless if you don’t share it with anyone. So it makes every sense to publish it on Google views so that people can have a glance of how beautiful it is. Here it is our constellation with 29 panoramas of Glowdeo Balloons of all different shapes, sizes and crazy characters. Panedia Google Street View

Mater Prize Home 253

This spacious Mater house on the Sunshine Coast, near Caloundra, is beautifully arranged just by the riverside. Mater Prize Home

Uluru Constellation on Google Views

Uluru is not a very accessible site for tourists. Visiting that place right in the center of Australia is possible but not always easy, considering the wide distances, the weather conditions and even some religion related restrictions. Sharing this Uluru virtual tour on Google views, making it available from everywhere else, is allowing people who can’t or will never make the travel here, to see this amazing place. Panedia Google Views.

RSL – 314 Balmain

A free-standing luxurious home in East Balmain village with easy access to Sydney CBD.  

Bondor – Bingara

This modern home in Bingara Gorge, south Sydney, is in a peaceful and natural area, yet quite near the main roads between Sydney and Canberra.  

Sydney Opera House on Google Views

Panedia just uploaded a 14 panorama constellation of the Sydney Opera House during the Sydney Vivid Festival. These are some impressive, colorful panos featuring both Sydney Opera House and Sydney Bridge, the two most iconic buildings in Sydney. Panedia Google Street View

Panedia on Google Views

We have just published our first panoramas on Google Views. This is a great platform to publish our work since it can be easily accessed and viewed worldwide. Our first Panos on Google Views are Moran Falls and Lisbon Rossio Square which are very nice as a start, but we intend to publish much more content on our account for the next upcoming months. Panedia Google Street View

RSL – 314 Tugun

This RSL property is light filled, a spacious home with stunning ocean views that stretch to the horizon.  

The 7 Year Itch

The illustrious blog your eyes now behold began with a bang whimper 7 years ago today.  I started out on my own believing there’s got to be a better way to produce & display panoramic content… today we have a growing team of 7, producing world renowned projects. It has been a hell of a ride. During the past years Michelle and I have put everything on the line repeatedly to build Panedia. We’ve sunk hundreds of thousands of dollars into developing the business, at one stage selling our first home to enable us to continue  growing. I don’t regret giving up our home for a second*, as I LOVE what I do, I LOVE the business we’ve built, I LOVE the work we produce and the people I produce it with with. I’ve made plenty of mistakes along the way, but I wouldn’t change a thing. (Well… just a few things.) Along the way we’ve produced more than 15,000 terrestrial panoramas, and over 55,000 underwater panoramas.  We’ve worked alongside ‘Ma & Pa’ businesses, charities helping our communities like Mater and RSL, all the way up to the big leagues with the Catlin Seaview Survey, Tourism Queensland and Google among many others. (Check the latest underwater count here at the Catlin Global Reef Record.) Of course the blog wasn’t the start of the work and company that became Panedia, that story goes back another year to 2006, (or to 1999 when I started panoramic photography or to 1987 when I started photography) but it was the first time I posted regular content produced using the new systems I had begun developing.  The early blog posts also lead to many contacts throughout the country and a couple of new clients, some of which I continue to work with today. The blog grew in fits and starts… without a real focus on who the reader was. There were very long periods with no posts and the odd blog hacking… we had amazing SEO value for various drugs at one point.   So over the past couple of weeks we’ve given the blog a fresh coat of paint, started updating the old posts and added in a great many new posts, covering some of what we’ve been up to.  Moving forward we plan to post most of our public projects as they go live, and showcase some of our favourite work, be it personal or commercial. There may even be the odd technical production post, commentary or review showing up here. The ‘7 Year Itch’ is  psychological term which suggests that happiness in a relationship declines after year seven. I can say without hesitation my happiness in relationship to Panedia only continues to grow. With that I highly look forward to the next 7 years with my team of outstanding experts, the projects we have lined up for this year, and the plans we have for the future.  Stay tuned… there is MUCH MORE TO COME. Which brings me to our featured panorama above… shot in […]

Belise Apartments – Virtual Tour

Late last year we produced virtual tours and stills of a cool demonstration 1 bedroom apartment for a new building going up in Brisbane City.  In post production we had to fill in walls and views where they didn’t exist, the result looks good. Construction has commenced, but there’s still apartments left if you wish to buy off the plan:

Monaco Larvotto Marine Reserve

Larvotto Marine Reserve is a protected area in the Mediterranean Sea just off the coast of Monaco. Imagery collect from October 2013 by Catlin Seaview Survey in partnership with Oceanographic Museum of Monaco and Prince Albert II Foundation. The tour was also uploaded to Google Street View, and can be seen here in Google Oceans.

Monaco Oceanographic Museum

Our specialist underwater partners were in Monaco, shooting virtual tours of the underwater coastline late in 2013.  This shot is outside the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco… appropriately taken in the ocean, showing views of the Museum that 99.9999% of people will never see. This panorama along with a series of others was then made into a virtual tour to show on a Liquid Galaxy system inside the Museum. Typically we use a special rig to shoot these over/under images… but this time Christophe just popped the SVII cameras 1/2 way out of the water and we were able to produce a good stitch.

Monaco Museum

In October 2013 our Catlin Seaview Survey partners were invited by the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco to help them reveal the 2km of coastline that the Mediterranean Sea touches the principality of Monaco. It was our first temperate (cooler) water collect and this image shows just how clear the Sea is which is remarkable considering the traffic in the Med! The tour was also uploaded to Google Street View, and can be seen here in Google Oceanss.

Bermuda – Turks & Caicos

Still in Bermuda, our Catlin Seaview Survey partners were capturing images of the beautiful and rich diversity of species that live around the coral in this area. Google Street View

Novotel Pacific Bay – Virtual Tour

We stayed at this beautiful Coffs Harbour resort on a trip to Sydney a number of years ago now. As usual I shot a bunch of panoramas there… ’cause that’s what I do.  Looks like we’ll be shooting a lot more there soon.

Mater Prize Home 252

This gorgeous Mater house is quite near the beach at Kingscliff, in the north New South Wales coast. Mater Prize Home

RSL 313 – Mermaid Beach

Another gorgeous RSL property is up for grabs.  We buy tickets ourselves to support the RSL. You can too and have a chance to win this amazing place (or a future one like it).  

RSL 312 – Helensvale

Fantastic luxury waterfront home in the Gold Coast suburb of Helensvale is located inland from Runaway Bay and Biggera Waters, bordering Coombabah Lake. An abundance of amenities and the large number of parks and reserves located in and around the suburb make it a great place to live.  

Bermuda – Mary Celestia Wreck

Our Catlin Seaview Survey partners were in Bermuda leading up to the launch of the Catlin Global Reef Record on September 23rd.  They shot a number of areas for us to produce virtual tours of. Probably the most interesting is the ship wreck of the Mary Celestia. The Mary Celestia was a paddle steamer which sunk in 1864, it was being used to smuggle ammunitions and other supplies to the Confederate forces during the American Civil War. The wreck sits in only 55 feet of water and one of the huge paddle wheels in clearly visible at the dive site. The tour was also uploaded to Google Streetview, and can be seen here in Google Oceans.

Mater Prize Home 251

A gorgeous Burleigh Heads virtual tour was easy to achieve in such a stunning location for this Mater draw. Mater Prize Home

Gold Coast University Hospital – Virtual Tour

We recently shot the new $1.7 Billion Dollar Gold Coast University Hospital.  They’re working on a new website which will include the virtual tour so we can’t show much at present. The panorama above is one of the beautiful indoor open areas that populate the enormous facility. It’s a truly stunning place, where the entrance has an 8 storey atrium, complete with finishes and scale that wouldn’t be out of place in a 6 star hotel.  I look forward to showing all the panoramas when the client publishes them.

RSL 311 – Penthouse Virtual Tour

Once per year the RSL run a HUGE prize draw in addition to their standard luxury home draws.  If you’re going to win one of their properties this is the one to win.  You don’t just get the Penthouse, you get the entire building. We shot this virtual tour on the Gold Coast.

Catlin Global Reef Record – LAUNCH

Today the largest project we’ve ever produced launched via a Google Hangout with various partners in 2 locations… New York and Bermuda. The Catlin Global Reef Record (CGRR) is so much more than the work we usually do of producing interactive media.  It’s a complete system of content and data acquisition from the underwater cameras of SVII, through many stages of data processing and content stitching to the finished scientific website. Completing the project has involved developing offline processing systems for the data and content collected underwater, which marry with the online database, mapping and panorama playback systems of the CGRR website. In short… extremely difficult stuff, that had to work at scale in order to produce over 40,000 high resolution panoramas = 30+ Terrabytes of data, which compressed down to 400 Gigabytes for the website. Of course the website had to not only work well (and it does), it had to be fast. We presently use the Akamai CDN for our Panedia content… but with over 40,000 panoramas, each containing 40+ pieces of content, there’s no way a CDN would cache anything of value for the local user.  So we built our own CDN of sorts. The CGRR system uploads the content to Amazon S3 (USA), then replicates it to various S3 locations around the world. When the user enters the site, we check their location and serve content from the nearest S3 facility containing our data. Speed tests confirm the content is vastly quicker in various locations, over a traditional CDN or single S3 location. So now the site is live, we start on the next phases of the project. The current site is geared towards scientists, with a more public leaning version coming in 2014. The link below takes you directly to the content, in this case a 1-2 km transect of Myrmidon Reef on the Great Barrier Reef. Check out the ‘video’ link where we’ve created hyperlapse videos for each reef. In this video near the end the divers see a pod of dolphins and go off chasing them… fun stuff. The ‘help’ page has a quick overview video explaining the Transect Explorer and some of the functionality we’ve created. I’ve embedded the help video below.

Epson Pano Awards – 2013

Top 20 Winners Video. (13mins w/music) Once again I was asked to judge interactive 360 panoramas (virtual tours) for the Epson International Pano Awards.  As usual I thoroughly enjoyed the process, wishing only for more time to luxuriate in the outstanding work. As with previous years we also produced the top 20 video for show on the Epson stand at the PMA Photo Exhibition. To do this we use tools built way back in 2006, which work with After Effects, allowing us to produce HD and higher rez clean video output from panoramas.

RSL 310 – Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane

Had you won this RSL prize home draw, you’d be the proud owner of 3 luxury apartments. We did the Melbourne Virtual Tour, Sydney Virtual Tour and Brisbane tour over a couple of days, along with other projects.ney, Brisbane, NSW.

YMCA Gym – Brisbane Virtual Tours

We had the pleasure of working with YMCA Brisbane to produce virtual tours for 3 of their gyms, including the new flagship facility at Bowen Hills. Shooting Gyms can be fun, they certainly inspire you to get into shape… the only downside is they open VERY early. Photography without people usually requires us being onsite around 4am… not so fun, but we do it anyway

Whale Sharks – Underwater Virtual Tour

I was very excited when the team shot WHALE SHARKS for the first time recenlty.  I’ve been asking for something big… I was expecting whales… but instead I got WHALE SHARKS.  We also produced some coral panoramas from Gloves Reef in Belize. But did I mentioned… Whale Sharks 😉

Lady Elliot Island – Manta Ray Virtual Tour

I was with the Catlin Seaview Survey team on Lady Elliot Island recently for a National Geographic documentary series on Australian Coastlines.  They wanted to do a segment on the Catlin Seaview Survey, so we all had to suit up and perform our roles for the cameras. Of course we always take the opportunity to shoot great content when it presents. Enjoy the stunning Manta Rays, sitting like space voyaging battleships above the coral planets. By the way, I highly recommend Lady Elliot Island. It’s a beautiful low key place, where coral reefs live just a few meters off the beach. Not only that but the flight in and out is by small aircraft, a great experience on its own.

Underwater Earth – New Website

We love to help friends out where we can… so when ‘Underwater Earth’ our Catlin Seaview Survey partners needed a simple new website, we came to the party and put a little something together for them. In addition to the slick sideways scrolling site, sitting over our favourite over/under panorama, we put together a short virtual tour with some of the best work we’ve done together to date. In the virtual tour above you’ll see Galapagos SeaLions, Lady Elliot Island, Manta Rays, Sharks, Giant Potato Cod, Coral Reefs… you know… all the good stuff. Underwater Earth New Website.

Galapagos Sea Lions

The Galapagos National Park is a mecca for nature lovers with amazing biodiversity to be found both above and below the water. Together with Google, we worked with locally based scientific and conservation groups The Charles Darwin Foundation and the Galapagos National Park Service in the area. Of course our primary area of interest is what lives beneath the water, the Sea Lions being a very playful highlight for all involved. This is one of the best underwater panoramas we’ve ever produced, the series it’s from is also one of the most difficult. 10+ Sealions darting all over the place at lightning speed… you can bet there was more than the odd flipper that needed some post production love.

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