PhotoWebLab is an exploration in ways of presenting, combining and interacting with Photographic and VR images.

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Chouara Tannery, Fes, Morocco


Chouara Tannery is one of the three tanneries in the city of Fez, Morocco. It is the largest tannery in the city and one of the oldest. Since the inception of the city, the tanning industry has been continually operating in the same fashion as it did in the early centuries. The tanneries are packed with the round stone vessels filled with dye or white liquids for softening the hides. The leather goods produced in the tanneries are exported around the world.

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Morocco Mosaic ~ CC Remix


A Kaleidoscopic mosaic of Morocco, from Rabat, via Volublis, Meknes, Fes, Sahara Desert, Ouarzazate, Atlas Mountains, Marrakesh and ending at Ric's American Cafe in Casablanca. This video merges photography, video, and 360 video overcapture..

Friday, November 1, 2019

Plenta to/from Bled Island

The traditional transportation to Bled Island is a wooden boat known as a Pletna. The word Pletna is a borrowing from Bavarian German Pl├Ątten 'flat-bottomed boat'. Some sources claim the pletna was used in Lake Bled as early as 1150 AD, but most historians date the first boats to 1590 AD. Similar in shape to Italian gondolas, a pletna seats 20 passengers. Modern boats are still made by hand and are recognizable by their colorful awnings. Pletna oarsman employ the stehrudder technique to propel and navigate boats across the lake using two oars. The role of the oarsman dates back to 1740, when Empress Maria Theresa granted 22 local families exclusive rights to ferry religious pilgrims across Lake Bled to worship on Bled Island. The profession is still restricted. Many modern oarsman descend directly from the original 22 families. No motor boats allowed on the lake.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Stari Most, aka Mostar Bridge, Bosnia-Herzogovina

Stari Most (literally 'Old Bridge'), also known as Mostar Bridge, is a rebuilt 16th-century Ottoman bridge in the city of Mostar in Bosnia-Herzegovina that crosses the river Neretva and connects the two parts of the city. The Old Bridge stood for 427 years, until it was destroyed on 9 November 1993 by Croat paramilitary forces during the Croat–Bosniak War. Subsequently, a project was set in motion to reconstruct it; the rebuilt bridge opened on 23 July 2004.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

David Crosby and Friends ~ Live in New York City


David Crosby and Friends played a great gig at the Damrosch Park Bandshell as a finale to the Lincoln Center Out of Doors free summer festival. 
David Crosby, guitar/vocals; keyboardist/singer Michelle Willis, bassist Mai Leisz, drummer Steve DiStanislao, keybroardist James Raymond (Crosby's son) and guitarist Jeff Pevar. Here are more photos and videos of 'Ohio', 'Wooden Ships/ Long Time Gone', 'Eight Miles High' and 'Deja Vu'.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Into the Purple Valley ~ Death Valley National Park

Back in January 2012 I published a detailed blog posting of our tour from Languna to Las Vagas via Death Valley National Park. Now here for the first time is the Virtual Tour of Death Valley that includes 360 VRs and Gigapixel panoramas, augmented with photo galleries and links to a map of the park. The music 'Lux Curvus' from 'The Curved Light' by Elemental Noise is licensed under Creative Commons 4.0.  
This tour may be viewed on an HMD in VR Mode VR Mode

Monday, July 23, 2018

Sicilian Tour

Having recently returned, here is our Virtual tour of Sicily that includes 360 degree VR panoramas and VR videos as well as regular photos and videos of Palermo, Monreale, Castelbuono, Cefalu, Mazara del Vallo, Mothya Island, Valley of the Temples, Villa Romana del Casale, Ragusa Ibla, Modica, Ortigia, Catania, Taormina and Mount Etna.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Sossusvlei ~ Namib Desert, Namibia

This is an immersive video of a recent visit to Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert. The video includes 360 video and panoramas, photographs and HD video of the climb up the 650+ foot high dune called 'Big Mamma' as well as 4x4 and coach drives through the desert and sunset views from the Sossusvlei Lodge. 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

After Super Storm Sandy - 5th Anniversary

This Interactive Virtual Tour documents some of the destruction and subsequent rebuilding following Super Storm Sandy. The VR Tour includes 360 VR Panoramas and Gigapans from Matawan Creek, Keyport, Union Beach, Keansburg, Atlantic Highlands, Highlands, Sea Bright, Monmouth Beach and Ocean Grove. I began taking these images following a request from the Gigapan project for images of Super Storm Sandy. These images were taken between 2012 - 2017.