Here's a fun pano by Mark Banas taken on the first day of Siggraph at
the Border Cafe in Cambridge, Mass. There's a sprite track with
ID's, but (l-r) Kirt Witte, Mark Banas, Murat German, Mike Quan (note
the empty margarita glass...), Gene Cooper, Joel Foner.
We have only preliminary details at this time, but IVRPA will be there at Photokina, with a very large exhibition space, and we plan to offer daily 360VR pano coverage of the
event produced by members of the IVRPA. We are going to bring Photokina, the biggest event in photo and digital imaging to the world via our 360 panos!
Drop us a line if you plan/or are interesed in going.
The new site has only gone public for a week, and already google is loving it. Looking through our google analytics reports, I found that we had some hits on the keyword 'ipix bankruptcy'.
Lo and behold Mike's post about the news that IPIX had filed a chapter 7 bankruptcy, and at the time of writing this, it's listed as the nr 1 link on google, even before the KnoxNews report that everybody is referencing. We have already had new users register to the site, just to participate in that discussion!
Microsoft's amazing Photosynth technology was on exhibit at Siggraph 2006.
The previous evening I had downloaded the video from Microsoft Live Labs, and
watched it over and over to figure out what it was, and more importantly,
what its implications for photography. (Of course, I still don't know what it means, but
I am not alone on this...) Check out the discussion on Slashdot, if you have time.
One of the people at the booth suggested
that a technical beta would be available in the spring. I ran into Blaise Agüera y Arcas
at the booth, here's a pix of him. I recognized him from the Live Labs video.
I had a chance to play with Adobe Bridge today, and I noticed that
the Adobe Photographers Directory is integrated into the selections.
IVRPA members are well represented in the APD, under "Virtual Reality".
Also, if you are a IVRPA member, you can qualify to be listed in the APD.
At the Guerilla studio portion of Siggraph today, I participated in a presentation on VR photography.
I introduced IVRPA (and our great new site), and showed some images from the Worldwide Panorama
and Panoramas.dk. I said that "photography and computers are colliding" and I believe that trend is
accelerating. Also presenting was, Gene Cooper (www.fourchambers.org), on "Light Painting in Caves", where he demonstrated
the light painting techniques that his company is using to illuminate caves in a national park.
Imagine making a pano in a pitch black cave, and shining lights on the walls and other surfaces in
On this balmy summer day, Jook Leung and I will be checking out
the latest version of stitcher by Realviz at Siggraph. Surprisingly
there was a fair amount of panorama photography related content
at Siggraph. More details later,
'You're cuter than I thought. I can see why she likes you.... Not too bright though.'
Anyway, I hope to put a redirect on the current site at www.ivrpa.org to the beta site tomorrow. That will be the real start of the public beta. Even so, we're already getting googled. That results in not-too-common names popping up high in google already, eg Roberto Portolese or Jim Scancella. I just picked these two from our referrer-stats, so Roberto and Jim probably looked up themselves in Google ;-).
It's been a week since the site has gone semi-public (members only, initially, though there have been a few more public 'leaks' here and there, which I don't mind). The good news is: the site's still alive! Yay for Drupal! Yay for me! The member galeries are starting to look good, and so is the member-map.
Yesterday I had a chat with our current treasurer, the lovely Kalikat and hubby Landis. Kat is the one who has been doing the real work at the IVRPA, keeping track of members signing up and renewing their membership. To do so, she juggled two to three database variations, manually keeping them in sync.
I'll be using my blog to keep everyone informed of the latest and greatest about our informal get-togethers in the Berkeley/East Bay California area.
We generally meet one evening each quarter, in Berkeley. Folks from up and down the Bay Area head over for some light food & drink, interesting presentations by industry pros...