A ride on a gondola brings you to this awesome view. The town of Banff lies alongside the Bow river which wanders through the valley from the north to out of sight in the east. The Banff Springs Hotel and golf course are next to the white water below the town.

Atop Sulphur Mountain, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

Panoramic Images of Places Around the World

These images are scanned from  4”x6” prints of 35mm film and merged manually in Photoshop. This was the best method available in the time before consumer digital cameras. At the end is what can be done today with a 10M pixel digital SLR, also merged manually in Photoshop.

The Space Needle was built for the 1962 Seattle World's Fair. It provides a fabulous view of downtown Seattle and the waterfront from over 600 feet.

Seattle from the Space Needle, Seattle, WA

Under the most easily recognizable dome in the United States is a collection of paintings which outline the early history of the country, along with bronze and marble statues of many great Americans.

US Capitol Rotunda, Washington, DC

The most spectacular vantage point of the city of Paris is from the top observation level of the Eiffel Tower. Built in 1887-1889 for 1889 Universal Exhibition and Centennial of the French Revolution, the tower is 300.51 meters (986 feet) tall.

Paris from the Top of the Eiffel Tower, France

After taking a short and very slow ride on the monster truck-like SnoCoach, we are in the middle of the Athabaska Glacier, cascading down from the Columbia Icefield. This is part of Jasper National Park.

Athabasca Glacier, Alberta, Canada

Formed 49,000 years ago by the impact of an iron meteorite about the size of a large house, this northern Arizona landmark is amazing in its moonscape resemblance.  The crater is 3/4 of a mile across and over 500 ft. deep.

Barringer Meteor Crater, near Flagstaff, AZ

Full 360° Panoramas

Skagway is a goldrush town close to the goldfields of the Yukon in Canada. The view is from the verandah of our cabin on a Princess Cruise in June, 1998. There is a train which travels up Chilkoot pass to the Canadian border, only about 15 miles away. This town is the only one in southern Alaska to which you can drive from the lower 48.

Skagway, AK

Partial View Panoramas

During a weekend stay  in late February 1992, we awakened to find an unexpectedly beautiful blanket of snow.  The cottonwood trees in the foreground of the view to the east are along Oak Creek and had just recently sent forth their new crop of leaves.

Winter in Sedona, AZ

The most spectacular vantage point of the bay area is from the hillsides of Marin County. The Marin Headlands State Park and the Fort Baker - Golden Gate National Recreation Area can be reached by taking the first exit off the north end of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Golden Gate Bridge from Marin County, CA

Contrasting the deep green of the forest, this lake, fed from the glaciers high on the left, is iridescent blue-green.  Peyto (Pea-toe) Lake is a breath-taking sight from this vista point along the Icefield Parkway.

Peyto Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

The 1972 Summer Olympics were hosted in Munich, Germany in this spectacular, 80,000 seat stadium. The partial roof is made from plexiglass panels suspended in a web formed into a tent by huge 'tent poles'. This tent-like theme threads across all the other buildings of the Olympic Park.

Olympic Stadium, Munich, Germany

Digital Camera Panorama

During a day-trip to Sedona, Arizona, I took a short ride up the road to the airport. Near the top of the mesa on which the airport is located, there is a turnout with this wonderful 180-degree vista. The large peak is Thunder Mountain and the Coffeepot is to the right of that. This picture is composed of five 10M pixel photos with about 40% overlap, manually stitched in Photoshop.

Red Rocks of Sedona, AZ

New Technology: GigaPan

There is new technology that combines software developed for stitching together Mars Rover photographs with a tripod-mounted robot to activate a simple point-and-shoot digital camera in a programmed sequence to take a large number of zoomed-in photos. This gives the viewer the impression of being immersed in a scene, especially when combined with the capabilities of Google Earth. I have just started using this to create some new panoramas and my first results can be found on my Gigapan page =>.