Banda Panorama

Take a spin on the summit of Gunung Api, an active volcano at the heart of the Banda Islands of Maluku, Indonesia. As the native home of nutmeg, these are the “Spice Islands” that drove Europeans on their first journeys around the globe. In 1667, the tiny island of Run, just visible in the far the west (opposite the rising sun), was traded for Manhattan.

 

Fun with panos

1) Do somersaults!

2) Right click… “Little Planet View”. Now try somersaults!

3) Click lower right corner of image to toggle full screen view. This calls for more somersaults!

How’d I Do That?

This “spherical panorama” depicts 360° in all directions from the camera. It’s a stitched composite of four fisheye images shot from a single point. The camera was mounted on a special support, so that rotation centered on the “nodal point” of the lens — the point where all light rays converge. This eliminated parallax (displacement of the view throughout rotation) so that images could be neatly stitched using the program PTGui. From there, the image is beamed through the krpano viewer, which offers some fun projections and interface features.

Impress your Friends!

At last, the perfect gift for the know-it-all New Yorker. Put them in their place with this Banda-centric world view. Which speck of real estate in this image was once worth more than their rent-controlled apartment? You’ll leave them stumped for sure…

Click “Planet Banda”, below, then “Add to Cart” to order a 20″x20″ inch print, shipped anywhere in the world. Just $50!

A "little planet" projection of a 360-degree panorama from the summit of Gunung Api volcano, Banda Islands, Maluku. Pulau Run -- the distant island at 5 o'clock in this image -- was once traded for Manhattan. (Djuna Ivereigh)

A "little planet" projection of a 360-degree panorama from the summit of Gunung Api volcano, Banda Islands, Maluku. Pulau Run — the distant island at 5 o'clock in this image — was once traded for Manhattan. (Djuna Ivereigh)