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Urbex VR Photography

Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by VirtualExplorer, Aug 12, 2015.

  1. VirtualExplorer

    VirtualExplorer 28DL Full Member
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    Hi,

    I have been looking at this site on and off for a few years. I have recently got interested in photospheres and stereoscopic photospheres (3d virtual reality pictures for use with the Occulus Rift and Google Cardboard VR). I am based on the south coast in the brighton area . I have done some pictures of shoreham cement works and the old cirus street market in brighton. Here is an example of one of a regular photosphere I took (I cant show you the 3d version since you need a headset for that):

    https://plus.google.com/u/0/1014990...6182058174366673746&oid=101499090914383665687

    https://plus.google.com/u/0/1014990...6182060773773259426&oid=101499090914383665687

    I think this type of photography is great for Urbex sites since it really preserves their atmosphere. If anyone can suggest any good sites that I can get into (without getting into too much trouble!) or is interested in this type of photography just let me know.
     
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  2. mrwhite

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    now this i like....
     
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    This is awesome for other type of photography too. may have to look into this, any good pointers?
     
  4. VirtualExplorer

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    Glad you like the pictures. The easiest way to take photospheres is with an Android phone (the technology is google related since it is the same thing street view uses). Here is a basic tutorial on how to take these images with your phone:



    The best results are using a camera (I use 2 gopros because I take stereoscopic images) but people get very good results with DSLRs:



    You then need to stitch the individual images using a software like hugin (free) or PTGUI (not free):



    This is an example of an image taken with a DSLR camera:

    https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/115970110085205516914
     
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    Oort The spice expands consciousness.
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    Go on share the 3D versions, I have a rift and will soon have an Omni and Stems as well. I would quite enjoy wondering around further away locations in VR.
     
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    That's really cool. Unless you do it with HDR photos. It's bad enough looking at 2D HDR :)

    I make Tiny Planets with GIMP. It's really easy:

    1. Take a 360 deg pano. (This photo isn't 360, just using it as an example.)

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    2. Resize it to a square e.g if it's 3000 x 500 pixels, make it 3000 x 3000 pixels

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    3. Apply polar co-ordinates (GIMP plugin)

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    4. Voila

    [​IMG]

    You can make them square too. This is a circular silo

    [​IMG]
     
  8. VirtualExplorer

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    That is very interesting. The pictures i use in my app are 2x 4k resolution pictures.
     
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    Through the wood shop next to it. I asked for permission since it was the last day before the builders moved in to knock it down
     
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