While normal photos give a glimpse of a certain scene limited by the photographers angle-of-view and direction, Photo spheres places you in the centre of the scene. A Photo sphere can be imagined to be a sphere of photo wrapped around you making you experience the particular scene to the fullest. If you have ever used the 'Street view'feature on Google Maps you will have an idea on what a Photo sphere would look like. Kudos to Google for bringing this amazing experience.

Presently, the easiest way to compose Photospheres are through Google’s Nexus range of devices. The Photospheres in this post are captured using my Google Nexus 5 smartphone. To know more read this.

Sit back and enjoy the Photo spheres which are making an entry into ANUBIMB for the first time ever. Not surprisingly the photo clarity and stitching accuracy are not up to the mark, but that will improve with time, my experience and software updates. In the strictest sense none of the photos below are complete Photo spheres, meaning they don’t have a 360 degree view, but nevertheless awe inspiring.

The Sea of Galilee, or Lake Tiberias, is the largest freshwater lake in Israel, and it is approximately 53 km (33 mi) in circumference, about 21 km (13 mi) long, and 13 km (8.1 mi) wide. The lake has a total area of 166.7 km2 (64.4 sq mi) at its fullest, and a maximum depth of approximately 43 m (141 feet). At levels between 215 metres (705 ft) and 209 metres (686 ft) below sea level, it is the lowest freshwater lake on Earth and the second-lowest lake overall (after the Dead Sea, a saltwater lake). The lake is fed partly by underground springs although its main source is the Jordan River which flows through it from north to south. – Wikipedia

City of Tiberias

Concrete boat at the Sea of Galilee waterfront

Sea of Galilee view point: @ 211 meters below sea level!

Seagulls at Sea of Galilee

Anoop Hullenahalli

An Electronics Engineer working on wireless embedded systems for a living. Traveling, photographing and sharing my experiences here at ANUBIMB helps me unwind and break the monotony of life.


mithunu · 26 Dec ’13 at 8:25 am

Nice, I had used Microsoft Photosynth, this looks similar. These provide an exploratory avenue for the viewer and conveys information but this is taken mainly in the panoramic view point and hence probably lacks the something that usually a photographer brings in.

anoopha · 26 Dec ’13 at 11:28 am

True, there is not much photography involved in capturing photo spheres. The only selection criteria is where you capture them which mostly decides how the photo sphere will come.

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