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Bernal Heights Park & equirectangular things

fun with 360 photos in interesting places.

I’m an equirectangular photo

Bernal Heights Park in San Francisco has sweeping views of the city. Which is as good a reason as any to shoot a 360 photo. I’m still using Google’s Street View App to manually take all the photos needed for a 360 degree shot. which doesn’t really do that great of a job, so some cleanup was necessary but I did find a useful desktop app to help with the editing called Pano2VR which does some cool conversion tricks, like converting equirectangular (see photo to the left) photos to cubic (see photo below) and vice versa.

So whats up with these formats?

The Cubic format consists of 6 undistorted, perspective images: up, down, left, right, forward and backward, whereas the Equirectangular format is one single, stitched image of 360° horizontally and 270° vertically. The Cubic format suffers from less distortions than the Equirectangular, but the Equirectangular seems to be more popular.

the final product; so after some research, trial and error and some old fashioned photo editing I finished up with the 360 photo below.  Pano2VR turned out to be a great tool not just for conversion between formats but also for the end user experience.

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600×480 doesn’t do it justice,  full screen it and enjoy the view.

Isla Iguana

One of the lesser known places in Panama. Clear waters, white sand and yes, iguanas, as well as a healthy population of hermit crabs. Isla Iguana turned out to be quite a day trip. $30 and 20 minutes gets you there on boat from the closest beach. the rest is pretty simple, spend the day there chasing the local wildlife around; fish, crabs and iguanas. they all seem friendly (and almost catchable). its a small isla, only two beaches within a 5 minute walk from each other. lots of beautiful views and lots to see underwater too. the only thing missing was a hammock.islai_1_sml

It’s a bright sun and the limitation of my cell phone camera are evident. out of the several dozen photos I took, only a handful  didn’t look washed out and over-exposed. but I still got some great views.

As it’s namesake implies, its the home of numerous iguanas, but also the home of thousands of hermit crabs. the beach is filled with them. Video captures it best.

The Eastern Sierras

Mono Lake from Cemetery Road

Mono Lake from Cemetery Road

The Eastern Sierra, although beautiful, is much more desert-like then what you see in California’s Central Valley and Highway 395 is the best route to see it, also the only route.  I started in Minden Nevada and traveled south all the way to highway 178 which leads back into the Central Valley.

at about 5 hours from Minden to Bakersfield, highway 395 is the perfect one day road trip through California’s less populated east side. there are long stretches of open spaces to the east and one long mountain range to the west with plenty of photo opportunities along the way, including some nice views of mono lake, open plains, Isabella Lake, the Sierras (of course) and several small towns. View some of the highlights below.