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This is a collection of panorama photos from interesting locations / hikes / adventures.

Panoramas are loaded locally and displayed using Pannellum. The process for generating the panoramas is also documented at the base of the page if you'd like to duplicate for your own use.

Some of these may not render correctly on a mobile phone, try a desktop.

A bizarely warm October day at the dam, generated by Android StreetView

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A gorgeous clear cold day, generated by Android StreetView

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Low tide by revere beach looking out into the Sea, generated by Android StreetView

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Remarkably clear day for October, image taken with iphone StreetView version using an iphone 12

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Super gorgeous day, image taken with android StreetView using an S8 Active.

I had some small meshing issues, but still an interesting result

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Maps location is here [link]

The tower entrance has been closed for the duration of the pandemic, but you can still spy a scenic view from the ground level.

Mr Birkel is hiding in the background.

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Generating Panoramas On Android/Iphone

Getting this to work well in android was somewhat trial and error. It appears that somewhere in 2013 taking 'photo spheres' was popular, but since then it waned. Samsung depreciated that functionality in their proprietary apps, focal [open source] does have the feature but I have had a lot of issues getting it to work and it looks like development stopped in 2014, finally, opencamera does not support that feature at all yet.
Google's street-view application, which is intended to add more information to its ever growing information abomination, does still have this feature. To mitigate security concerns, I disabled location and put my device in airplane mode and hit create. Note that the goal here is not to 'publish' photo spheres, but instead to have the application mesh, save locally, then remove from the application. The output from the Google street view application is a single jpg saved in the /DCIM/panorama directory, which pannellum happily slurps up for online display. I also tried GCAM or google's camera application, ported to run on the Samsung series phones. Unfortunately the accelerometer feedback doesn't quite mesh, so photo spheres just don't complete correctly. I imagine this works well for the Goog series phones (Pixel, etc).

The process is pretty straightforward, hit create->photosphere and the app has you slowly move around to collect images. Interestingly this works far better with the phone oriented vertically vs horizontally.

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The street view application is available here: [play store] and here [local copy of APK]

Can we generate panoramas offline / without an app?

Toying around in 2023.1 meshroom I noticed a pathway for panorama generation using static images. This is wonderful as most of the 360 meshing applications have somewhat fallen by the wayside, for example: Kolor Autopano / Autopano Giga. I think Kolor was purchased by a 3rd party and then just depreciated. It exists on the dubious parts of the net, but relying on decade old software for meshing seems a bit backwards.

Generating panoramas from a fixed location, IE in the field without a gadget sometimes results in missing sections, which is why the feedback from an app is so excellent. On the plus side a DSLR can take a metric pile of photos quickly and worse case if there's a lot of overlap it is just extra compute time. I really want to give this a go with a proper camera and see how well the meshing works. This should also work for a pile of photos from a camera phone.

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