Archive for the ‘PhotoSpot’ Category

Buffalo, New York – PhotoSpot

Sunday, October 14th, 2007

While on a recent trip to the States, took this photo, stiched together from many shots with AutoPan Pro. Traditionally I have provided a GoogleEarth model using DigitalUrban’s panorama object, however this time will simply link to the placemark as provided by

View in Google Earth (but requires 4.2+ to take advantage of the PhotoOverlay – in full resolution glory!)

View in a Web Browser (using a flash viewer)

Thanks to Gigapan for providing this really super (and quite fast!) hosting for these high resolution images…

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“The Wrekin” Panorama

Sunday, August 19th, 2007

As a little experiment in super high resolution panoramas, created a 61215x3105px image, stitched together from a number of 10Mpix images. I’ve uploaded here as a Zoomify Viewer so make viewing it quick and easy.

I’ll try and create a PhotoSpot out of it for Google Earth when get a chance, but would love to try this with the Image Pyramid and Photo Overlay system that might be coming soon!

Update: Uploaded the image to, which takes the heavy lifting of getting the pano into Google Earth 4.2 plus. (which can display it using the Pyramid system mentioned!) Highly recommended. It’s possibly a little buggy, but the new version of GE has only been out a day!

Camp Hill Clump PhotoSpots

Saturday, February 17th, 2007

As a slight variation this time, this is actually a group of three Panoramic Images, all taken quite close together…

Open in Google Earth:

  1. Inside the Trees (341kb)
  2. The Trigpoint (276kb) - you expected that right :)
  3. Down the Path (489kb)

This set presented a special challenge in locating the photos, because as well as absolute accuracy in placing the set (thanks to the trigpoint!), also needed to get the relative positions correct – in step some Getmapping imagery.

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KML (& NetworkLink) for Nearby & any Geo-WordPress!

Saturday, February 17th, 2007

Following the addition of GeoRSS, earlier today while out photographing some PhotoSpots (TBA), I had an even better (possibly) idea, now that my WordPress stores Lat/Long, why not output KML too! The icing on the cake is you can also wrap it in a NetworkLink so that peoples Google Earth will auto update. (I am surprised couldn’t find this done already!)

And if that isn’t enough then I also release the code under GPL :) – note its the first time written anything for WordPress, so might not be a tidy as could be!

Anyway see it in action on my series of PhotoSpots:

- as all these list the PhotoSpot category, each post includes a link to open the actual spot, so just click the world icon in the balloon to open :)

Download the Source or view the source: WordPress KML Generator and NetworkLink Wrapper

Installation: This is not a proper plugin, so just drop the .php files into the root of your WordPress folder and you should be done (but you can configure the icon to display if you wish by editing the wp-kml.php file)

Use: Normally you would only provide a link to the Wrapper – which in turn links to the feed itself, but the feed is useful like in the above example to plot directly on Google Maps. You can also specify a particular category to display like the above example or otherwise will include all geocoded posts.
Important: Requires the GeoPress extension be installed (to get geocode info)
Only tested on WordPress 2.0.1 – Works For Me – Your Mileage May Vary – no guarantee, implied or otherwise

Another PhotoSpot

Friday, January 26th, 2007

View at Geograph: SH7840 : Stone on Carnedd Iago
Another in the mini-series of Panoramic Images loaded into Google Earth, using DigitalUrban‘s Panoramic Viewer tutorial.

This one is higher resolution than some of the others and ways in at 525kb,
but the extra resolution is useful to see the distant mountain ranges.

Anyway download it here: Google Earth Version

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Pen-y-Garn Mountain Panorama for GE

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007

Following the nice spell of weather thought it an excellent opportunity to capture some images to create another Google Earth PhotoSpot (I still don’t think there is an official name for these).

Pen y Garn Panorama

Download the Google Earth Version (262kb KMZ file).

Used in the making of this: AutoPano*, Paint Shop Pro, DigitalUrban Panorama viewer for GE, (of course) Google Earth, a SpaceNavigator and Winzip 10#.

* (demo version, hence the watermark, first time used but really good, just got to make a usecase to someone to buy it for me ;)

# using Winzip to create the KMZ file seems to manage to squeeze some compression out of the jpg itself :)

Mountain Panorama in Google Earth

Monday, January 15th, 2007

DigitalUrban, has for a while being working on a Panorama Viewer for Google Earth, well to prove that it doesn’t just apply to Urban settings, I have created this panorama of the Top of Snowdon Google Earth File, the highest mountain in Wales (and England).

Really impressive! Just in case you don’t have a SpaceNavigator to really explore, have created a few views, just double click to move around. (idea from Google Earth Blog – except I used folders, so don’t have icons).

To really enjoy the feel of the mountains, I recommend setting your Terrain Exaggeration setting to about 2.0, although having said that the included Snapshot views are designed for when TE is set at 1, as that’s probably the most common.

I should note that I scaled up the model, to make it easier to use, so it does leave a rather large blob on top of the hill! This is also only a rectilinear panorama, rather than spherical, so it will be nice if DigitialUrban can work in support for such images.

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