Mário Falcão at the “Real Gabinete Português de Leitura”

This is the second 360 picture I made on a show from the project Music at the Museum. At May the 12th the harper Mário Falcão, from Portugal, played at the “Real Gabinete Português de Leitura” (Portuguese Royal Cabinet of Reading), in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The place is quite beautiful. Astonishing. The institution was founded in 1837 and has been installed at the actual building in 1887. In 1860 had already more than 33.000 items in its acquis. The Royal Cabinet site has many more information about it and at this other one you will find something shorter. Don’t forget to turn the sound on before seeing the panorama.

Mario Falcão at the Portuguese Royal Reading Cabinet
Mário Falcão at the Portuguese Royal Reading Cabinet

This is the first time I have used two lenses to compose the panorama. Notice how the image is better over the musician. I hope you like and let your comments.

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See you, Cartola.

Bruno at Village Rio Verde’s Pool

It was the second time I went to Village Rio Verde. Its a simple and pleasant resort in Papucaia, at the country side of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I went again with my family and a big group of friends. It has been that typical weekend when you don’t see the time passing. I’d give it a 10. I hadn’t build my panoramic tripod head yet and probably I would be afraid of putting the tripod inside the pool. Then I decided to rotate instinctively to take a manual sequence of pictures. To make a more intimate scene I called my son. He immediately came to help me doing his posing job. As I really need to do many pictures to mount the panorama, why don’t let that motivated newbie model make his elaborated poses?

Little Planet do Bruno na Piscina
Bruno at the Pool - Little Planet Thumbnail

See the panorama.

This outdoor picture also let me do it in the Little Plannet format you can see beside. The name is due to the “Little Prince” book where there were some drawing with the boy over a little planet.

As I didn’t usea tripod, monopod or anything to help me making a good turn around the wright point I’ve had a great post-edition job on this image. The result made it worth. Anyone who visits me will probably see in a few time a wall poster with this “Little Plannet” at the boy’s room. I will have to make another so that “Lipe” doesn’t get jealous.

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See you, Cartola.

Music Evening at Clube Naval’s Headquarters

A pleasant evening in a wonderful historical place at the sound of great successes of Brazilian and international music. There is where I have made this panorama picture. A music meet organized by the charismatic Oliveira at Clube Naval’s headquarters, Downtown Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Imagine all those people switching on the microphone followed by two great musicians. I went there invited by my father (in fact I invited myself when he told me where he was going to). He is the pleasant guy with a red T-shirt at the picture (guess he has blinked his eyes, but trust me, he is pleasant). Besides being in the photo his is also the voice in the background music. Unfortunately I forgot to record the sound there, so I took this music from a CD he recorded to compose the picture ambience. The music is “Estrada do Sol”, a composition from Tom Jobim and Dolores Duran, sang here by Decio Carvalho. In addition I met also two very nice ladies, mother and aunt of my cousin’s husband. Nice surprise to know they are also singers at Rio’s night.

See the panorama here.

Seresta no Clube Naval
Music Evening at Clube Naval - thumbnail equirretangular

The room has a classic style with interesting details all around. All the building is very beautiful. I got really interested in making other pictures there, but didn’t have the time. Maybe I’ll come back another day. It has been finished in  1910 and together with Theatro Municipal, the old Supremo Tribunal Federal, Museu Nacional de Belas Artes and Biblioteca Nacional (where I also made a panorama) makes the cultural heart of the city.

Can you find me at the picture?

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I’ve been thinking of making a 360º panorama using flashes or many of them. Someday I’m gonna test to see if it makes a less noise  image.

See you, Cartola.


National Library Entrance Hall

The National Library is at Rio Branco avenue, one of the main streets at Rio de Janeiro Downtown. It stands near other historical buildings like the Theatro Municipal (Municipal Theater) and the Museu Nacional de Belas Artes (Fine Arts Museum). Considered by UNESCO one of the 10 bigger national libraries in the world, it is also the biggest in Latin America. Its collection is estimated in about 9 million items (uau!). The building was inaugurated in 1910 after 5 years of being built. You can see the library site for more information (in portuguese only).

Trecho do panorama
View from the library pano

See the panorama.

It has been interesting doing this panorama. I went out without destiny at my lunch time with all the equipment in my backpack. Before arriving to the library I have been to the Municipal Theater, which was closed, and to the Fine Arts Museum, where I have not been allowed to take a picture with a tripod. Its entrance hall could be photographed but the light there was no good at that time. Guess I was lucky. At the library I had permition to use the tripod. The final result was this wonderful image. IMHO the best I have made until now and strangely one that was easier to stitch and that needed less post edition.

The shooting took about 15 minutes. By the middle of it two tourists asked me to free their way to take a picture. I tried to explain that if I stopped I would have to begin all over again. I hope they understood me :).

I went in touch with the library managers asking to take 360 pictures inside the library, where taking pictures is now allowed. I am waiting their next contact to schedule that. If it happens surely I will post here the images, probably in a virtual tour format.

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See you, Cartola.

Pool at Citibankense Vacation Inn

Nearby Miguel Pereira is located the Colônia de Férias Citibankense. Much time ago it has been a country side club for Citibank employees, which gave the name of the place, that can be translated to “Citibank’s Vacation Camp”. Nowadays it’s a Hotel. I guess only associated people can be hosted there. This picture shows only a small view of the place. The mountain weather gets the cold fans there. With very simple installations it’s a nice place where I’ve been with my family and a big group of friends during a weekend. We’ve had a good time. On Sunday, early in the morning, while everybody was sleeping, I took the photos to make this panorama.

Piscina Colônia de Férias Citibankense
Equirectancular view of the pool

This is the first really complete 360×180º picture I’ve made. The last one has missed a piece of the sky.

I have published the picture using a Java plugin, not allowing full screen view, not being so immersive. At that time I also did’t know the cubic format, to easier edit the bottom view (nadir). One can easily see imperfections there.

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See you, Cartola.

Sítio Bom Lake

A pleasant place to take a time with family and kids. Sítio Bom is a closed condominium near Mangaratiba at Rio de Janeiro’s state coast. I consider this the first panoramic 360×180º picture I’ve made with a good enough result. Ok, its missing some sky at the top, but it’s still good.

Equirretangular do Lago do Sitio Bom
Sitio Bom Lake Equirectangular

One very interesting thing on the picture are the kids. Two children appear seven times and they all have fit well without much need of post editing due to some head cut or something like this. When I did it I didn’t know about masks on the stitching software. Just needed to fix a little piece of grandpa leg. Guess I have being lucky.

At that time I was still using a java plugin, which limited the picture size. Its not possible to have a good zoom and it can’t be full screen, not being so immersive.

See the panorama.

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See you soon, Cartola.

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