Monday, March 22, 2010

Sharing the World

A three-week trip to Paris in 1997 gave me a chance to do some photographic documentation of architecture spanning from the early gothic cathedrals, through the turn-of-the-century Art Nouveau works by Hector Guimard, to the international style by Corbusier, to the very modern works under construction at that time, including the just-finished La Defense Grande Arch. I stayed in a small maid's attic garret (toilette down the hall) in the 6th Arrondissement, just a stroll from the L'Eglise de Saint-Germain des Pres, the area known as the "Left Bank". Of course I hung out at Cafe de Flore!

There's a fabulous way to see the urban texture and context of many of the world's most famous landmarks in Paris in panoramic very high definition. Paris 26 Gigapixels is the name of the biggest assembled panoramic image in the world. It's a fascinating online technical project, and the blog is here. There's a discussion and the diagrams of how the RAW images were stitched together, based upon a critical clear-day shooting from a tower on top of of Saint Sulpice.

It all started at the 360 Degree video blog. Thomas Hayden is what Grand Canyon river-runners call a "river rat". He was introduced to 360° video in a little ski cabin in Girdwood, Alaska, and brings lessons learned from five years experience specializing in 360° video production and marketing. Starting as a river guide/expedition leader on the Colorado Plateau for the legendary Holiday Expeditions, he has taken thousands of clients down the magnificent rivers of Utah, Colorado, West Virginia, Mexico, and Alaska.