Spin-O-Rama Panorama at Apple Headquarters

This QTVR pano takes place at the sculpture garden at 1 Infinite Loop, Apple Computer, Cupertino, California, USA. I was there at noon on January 8, 1998 and took the photos used in this QTVR movie. I was inspired by the activity surrounding the MacWorld Expo at Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco at the time. That is, about 50 miles north of Apple, about 100 photographers were doing what I was, spinning around taking pictures.

A QTVR is not a walk-through space. It is a look-around space. So the camera takes individual shots as you look and move it all the way around from a single viewpoint. A common way to put the series of photos together is to blend them seamlessly. I decided to try another way, with a mix of some seams and discontinuities. The effect is kind of like a scrapbook or tapestry of individual views.

The tapestry approach reflects how I look at things. I do not have a level head that rotates with mechanical perfection. I alternate looks out with looks at the near ground, and with occasional double-takes.

Also, exposures vary with focus on different parts of the panorama. I'd like to preserve these differences. They correspond to psychologial feelings for the place and eye changes too. On this cloudy overcast day, I was drawn to the brightly painted sculptures and flowers at my feet. So I brought them up into my pano.

2017 note: here's a movie of using the obsolete QTVR movie:

Alternatively see the YouTube version.

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