Thus far, my 360° panoramas have been of the interior of the Catholic cathedral in Wichita. It’s the most photogenic site to which I have convenient access. Wichita might be a tolerable place to live, ((except during July)) but there isn’t much to see here, and right now it’s at its dreariest. There are a few other buildings with interesting interiors I hope to photograph, and there might be a picturesque snowfall later this winter, but most of the locations I have in mind will have to wait for spring and summer.
In the meantime, there are plenty of panoramas from around the world to view at 360cities.com. Here’s a selection.
Dwayne’s Photo in Parsons, Kansas (the last place on earth to process Kodachrome)
There are thousands more to view. Just go the map, zoom in on a likely area, and see what’s there.
Making a cylindrical panorama is almost trivially easy. Just take a series of overlapping pictures that cover the circumference of your view, keeping the camera in approximately the same place to minimize parallax, and stitch the images together in software such as Hugin or Photoshop. Spherical panoramas are a bit trickier but not really difficult. If you are in a photogenic area, and your camera isn’t a piece of junk, it’s worth trying. A good panorama gives the viewer much more of a “you are there” experience than the usual flat photographs.
For an informal measure of North Korea’s prosperity and openness, see how many panoramas you can find there: