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Sian Ka’an, Mexico

Sian Ka’an is a biosphere reserve which extends from the east coast of Mexico out into the Caribbean Sea. Home to some 80 recorded species of reef-building corals, the portion of the Mesoamerican Reef within the reserve is one of the most bio-diverse in Mexico. Jointly with neighbouring aquatic habitats it harbours more than 400 species of fish and a wealth of other marine life. For this reason it was named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. Image collect by Catlin Seaview Survey. Available in Google Street View, can be seen here in Google Oceans.

Pima Air & Space Museum

Located in Tucson, Arizona, in The United States of America, the Pima Air & Space Museum is one of the world’s largest non-government funded aerospace museums. The museum features a display of nearly 300 aircraft spread out over 80 acres (320,000 m²) on a campus occupying 127 acres (610,000 m²). The museum displays some of the most beautiful aircraft from all times and you can be walk around the planes and see the industry’s technological evolution.

Tropicana, Las Vegas

These pictures were taken during this year IVRPA conference in Las Vegas, in a reception sponsored by Google in the pool area of Tropicana hotel. The atmosphere was quite nice and colorful and there was a nice screen exhibition with great panoramic images. Panedia Google Street View.

RSL – 317 Maroochydore

A bright and enormous apartment with great views in The Sunshine Coast. Another great RSL prize!  

2+ Million Google Views

Another milestone achieved today with 2+ million views on Google Views. At this point we have 985 panoramas there and going up. The last content that we just added was the London panoramas with 105 photo spheres in total. Can be seen here in Panedia Google Street View.

Cairns Mangrove Boardwalk on Google Views

Cairns Mangrove Boardwalk, like Coombabbah Mangrove, is a great walk to get in touch with nature and specially good for bird watching. This tour now posted on Google Views was part of a scientific project with our partners University of Queensland for mangrove study and monitoring. Panedia Google Street View

Belize Barrier Reef Reserve

The largest barrier reef in the northern hemisphere, UNESCO added this site to the World Heritage in danger list in 2009. The system illustrates a classic example of reef types through fringing, barrier and atoll, and the regions seven sites provide a significant habitat for threatened species. This particular dive features Half Moon Cay, at the southern end of Lighthouse Reef Atoll. Image collect by our partners, Catlin Seaview Survey. Available in Google Street View, can be seen here in Google Oceans.

Komodo Indonesia

Komodo Island is home to the world’s largest lizards, the Komodo Dragon. The initial drive to protect the region of Komodo was to protect the “living dinosaur” that makes these arid islands home. In 1986 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a Man and Biosphere Reserve that now encompasses all the biodiversity of the area, marine, terrestrial and cultural. Available in Google Street View, can be seen here in Google Oceans.

1+ Million Google Views

Today we reached 1+ million views on Google Views. We shared 707 panoramas in this platform and we are happy that people can virtually go to all this amazing places just at the distance of a click…or two. Can be seen here in Panedia Google Street Views.

Tubbataha, Philippines Virtual Dive

Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1993, it lies in the middle of the Sulu Sea and is one of the Philippines’ oldest ecosystems. The region contains excellent examples of pristine reef with an incredibly high diversity of marine life. The area supports 374 species of corals, (that’s almost 90% of all coral species in the Philippines!). The area also supports 11 species of cetaceans, 11 species of sharks, and an estimated 479 species of fish. This image collect focuses on the North Atoll and was completed by the Catlin Seaview Survey. Available in Google Street View, can be seen here in Google Oceans.

RSL – 316 Benowa

Another RSL spacious house, in Benowa, perfect for enjoying the outside living right by the Nerang river.  

Surfers Paradise Festival

The Surfers Paradise Festival is a colorful annual fest that involves all the local population with lots of food, arts, music and entertainment events and culminates in a big light parade and an amazing fireworks show. The tour is also available in Google Streetview, and can be seen here in Google Street View.

Coombabah Mangroves, Gold Coast

Coombabah Lakelands Conservation Area is an exceptional park with a boardwalk through wetlands in between eucalypt forest and mangrove swamp. The area is ideal for short walks and popular for bird watching. This constellation, now on Google views, is literally a walk through that area with panos taken every few meters. Panedia Google Street View

Eiffel Tower on Google Views

Paris has this special atmosphere, and the Eiffel Tower is right in center of it… everything just seems to flow there. Also the constellation now published on Google Views goes around this popular monument, hoping to share a bit of the City of Lights air with the rest of the world. Panedia Google Street View

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 Maps.

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.  

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