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Panoramas of North Korea by Reuben Teo

Panoramas of North Korea by Reuben Teo

Traveling is most definitely a great way to grow as a human being. Getting to know different realities, apart from what we understand as common and mundane, makes us put ourselves under the microscope so that we can understand more what's our role in this planet. Reuben Teo went to North Korea and managed to capture some mesmerizing panorama photographs showing us another face of a country known to most for all things but freedom or beauty. Probably it isn't known for its beauty because they lose too much time promoting other things. It is, indeed a beautiful country, with people seeking for hope and a little opportunity in their land. Dictatorships apart, this is definitely a place to take a closer look at, because its architecture and nature are really something apart. Reuben has assembled a project called "30 Best Panoramas of North Korea"... here you can see part of it, so for the whole set, please visit his personal website. I hope you enjoy these! Cheers. ;) Mansudae Grand Monument Sunset view overlooking the Grand People's Study House Study Hall in the Grand People's Study House The city of Pyongyang A Farmer and his Child at Chonsam Cooperative Farm Koryo Museum Entrance Wonsan City Ullim Waterfalls Pyongyang City Aerial View of North Korea Mount Paektu Rimyongsu Falls at Samjiyon

Microsoft launches Photosynth

Microsoft labs (their counterpart to Google labs I guess) has created a new online application called Photosynth that takes regular digital photos and creates a 360 view. It's similar to Quicktime VR except you don't need any special equipment or even have to stand in the same location. Click here to go straight to the Photosynth home page. In order to use it you have download and install a very small application (It's only available for Windows at the moment). You take your camera and take as many photos of the room or area as you can, trying to get as much overlap as you can. You upload the photos to the site and it automatically scans and creates the 360 view for you. You can also zoom in and move forward and backwards creating an almost virtual tour of a location. So I tested the site out and the program still seems like it needs some more refining. It's not as smooth as quicktime VR, but that's to be expected because your not on a tripod with a special camera. I think it has some potential and with more development could be a really cool tool. There are still some bugs to be worked out because I tried creating my own 360 view of an outdoor concert I went to this weekend but it gave me an error as soon as I tried to upload the photos. I'm positive about it and will continue to keep trying until I can get it to work and I'll post a link. Check it out if you can, and if you get it work post the link in the comments. Here are some screen grabs from the site: