Unusual panoramas

Robert Falcon Scott’s hut at Cape Evans

Click on the image to take a 360° virtual tour of the Terra Nova Hut

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Robert Falcon Scott’s hut at Cape Evans on Ross Island is one of the treasured holy grails of Antarctic history. It was built during Scott’s final British Antarctic Expedition with the supply ship Terra Nova (1910-12).

Scott and four other men reached the South Pole on January 17, 1912, about five weeks after their Norwegian competitor Roald Amundsen. On the return journey, Scott and his two remaining comrades starved and froze to death in their tent during a blizzard on or around March 29. Their frozen bodies were found by other expedition members in November the same year. The diaries were returned and edited, and remain precious reading for all aficionados of south polar history.

Featured photograph by Herbert Ponting (1870-1935)

Visit the International Space Station

Click on the image to take a 360° virtual tour of the International Space Station

Thanks to Google, aspiring astronauts can now pretend to float around the International Space Station (ISS). This tour is the first Google Street View captured in space, showing everything from the station’s science labs to its beautiful Earth-facing cupola window.

NASA worked with Google to create a “gravity-free method of collecting the imagery”, which involved using DSLR cameras and other equipment already available at the space station.

Featured image © NASA

Visit the White House

Click on the image to take a 360° virtual tour of the White House

The White House is the official residence and workplace of the president of the United States. It is located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, D.C. and has been the residence of every U.S. president since John Adams in 1800.

The residence was designed by Irish-born architect James Hoban in the neoclassical style. Construction took place between 1792 and 1800.

In 1801, Thomas Jefferson added low colonnades on each wing that concealed stables and storage. In 1814, the mansion was set ablaze by the British Army in the Burning of Washington, destroying the interior and charring much of the exterior. Reconstruction began immediately, and President James Monroe moved into the partially reconstructed Executive Residence in October 1817.

Because of crowding within the executive mansion itself, President Theodore Roosevelt had all work offices relocated to the newly constructed West Wing in 1901. Eight years later in 1909, President William Howard Taft expanded the West Wing and created the first Oval Office, which was eventually moved as the section was expanded.

Featured image © 2020 Google

Gigapixel Photography

Gigapixel photography is the technique of shooting hundreds or thousands of photos and joining them together into a single, seamless, ultra-high resolution image. These extremely large images are typically shot with a complex setup involving long lenses and a programmable robot, typically requiring weeks or months of post-production.

 When viewed on a computer, phone, or tablet, these interactive images allow you to pan around, look up and down, and zoom in and out, using the mouse, the scroll wheel, the + and – buttons, or finger gestures on a tablet or phone.

Jeffrey Martin is the master of this craft.

Below are links to some of his most spectacular creations.

London shot from the BT Tower

New York City shot from the Empire State Building

Paris shot from the Eiffel Tower

Rome shot from the Torre della Milizie

Tokyo shot from the Tokyo Tower