(There is a slight display problem in FireFox of the full-screen and medium-sized panoramas. If you are using a Microsoft Operating System, reverting back to Internet Explorer will be fine since the panos show fine in MSIE and as there is no harmful content on my web site. You may safely use MSIE on my site. My contact information is readily available and I encourage you to contact me if you have any questions.)
Yellow Horse Gallery on Canyon Road Get a glimpse of a few rooms inside the Yellow Horse Gallery on Santa Fe's famous Canyon Road at the corner of East Palace Avenue and Canyon Road. Inside you will find paintings, sculpture, jewelry, and more.
Luxury Real Estate A tasteful and revealing tour of a beautiful house, what it looks like inside and out. Sangre de Christo Mountain views from the deck and a private golf green show an attention to detail in keeping with what you experience as you enter in to the entry hall. This set of panoramas are available as individual panos and as a larger visually linked tour later...stay tuned.
Santa Fe Plaza at Night Covered with Snow This set of two panoramas was taken very late at night and it was very cold. There is a panorama near the middle of the plaza and one from up on the bandstand/gazebo. Calm, still, serene, quiet. For some reason the sky was colored like cinnamon, incandescent Christmas lights casting a yellow and green glow.
Saint Francis Roman Catholic Cathedral at Night This set of two panoramas was taken at dusk out in front of the Saint Francis cathedral that is just one block away from the Santa Fe Plaza. Within view is the La Fonda hotel and the Institute of American Indian Arts Museum. Check out the nice dusk colors.
More Than 2 Million People Per Day View Panoramas
According to the Pew/Internet American Life Project, way back in 2004, "45% of online American adults have taken advantage of" ... "virtual tours of another location online." At the time that represented 54 million adults. Given the hot real estate markets, the higher cost of gas to drive around to look at/browse things, and competition among tourist destinations for customers, it's not hard to guess those numbers are significantly higher today, in 2006.
Also reported is that "those who take virtual tours are also highly educated", and a slight majority are women. The report also noted:
Some of the most popular virtual tour destinations include museums, tourist and vacation locales, colleges and prep schools, real estate, historical exhibits, parks and nature preserves, public places such as the White House and the Taj Mahal, and hotels and motels.
What are they? and How do they work?
Immersive Panoramas are designed to make you feel like you are at the point in time when the panorama was taken, sound recorded, sensory data digitized, etc... You control the angles you move towards, and investigate. Zoom in. Pull out. Pan around. Look about. You are in control of the camera. Photographs in the physical world should not be touched because they will deteriorate. But some photographs in the digital world are meant to be touched; this is a immersive panoramic photograph.
There are only two steps to navigating most immersive panoramas.
1. Click on it and push in the direction you want to see.
2. Let go of the button when you want to stop.
There are two great panorama playback environments widely available and used now. For the highest quality and greatest extensibility I prefer QuickTime. Not only is it is an accepted industry standard, cross platform, and backwards compatible for at least the past 10 years, it incorporates all common file formats and can preserve them (write them out to loss-less formats). For the "Linux" folks there's the awesome Panorama Tools by Professor Helmut Dersch. Coming, but not soon enough :-) is viewing panoramas using direct video RAM playback as in OpenGL.
1998, Birmingham-Southern College Panoramas that Target Frames
One great thing about this web site is that you can click on buildings and more in the panoramas and part of the web page will be updated with information about the item you clicked on. In the status bar under the panorama is where you can see additional information about the item you clicked on.
When the page loads you will find a description of how to interact with panoramas.
Before viewing these panos you should know that computer monitors tended to be significantly smaller then, so I designed this web site to fit on smaller monitors. Specifically 640 x 480.
Kindly also note, the equipment Scene in Santa Fe employs today is current technology. When these panoramas were taken, a cutting edge digital camera was used, 640 x 480 pixels I think! Huge! Ha ha.
Interact with the BSC campus in a new window.
1998, Birmingham Civil Rights Museum Panos
Seeing the space not only in the context of where the panoramas were photographed, but also able to click on items in the panoramas to read more about them, or link to another panorama...the possibilities are almost limitless.
See the example above, of Birmingham-Southern College, to see how information can be tagged to specific buildings or items in the panorama.
Here is a short list of some relevant information for why you should consider Scene in Santa Fe for your next panorama shoot:
• Making others look good, in print and on the web, for over 15 years.
• Photographs used in glossy, four-color print advertising.
• Photography viewed by tens of thousands of people.
• Over 15 years of Adobe Photoshop experience.
• Advanced Digital Darkroom Techniques.
• Over $1 Billion in property photographed.
• Over 3,000 properties photographed.