Tri-City skyline captured


A Port Moody man took scenic photography to a new level last month in creating the first ever 360-degree panorama shot of the Tri-City skyline.

By Gary McKenna - The Tri-City News
Published: November 16, 2010 3:00 PM
Updated: November 17, 2010 7:11 AM

A Port Moody man took scenic photography to a new level last month in creating the first ever 360-degree panorama shot of the Tri-City skyline.

Using a specially designed computer program, Ronnie Miranda, a graphic designer and 3D animator, spent hours "stitching" together close to 700 images taken from the top of a building in Coquitlam's city centre.

"The technology is basically used for education and research," he said. "It was developed by NASA and they used it for the Mars Rovers expeditions."

The images were selected from 1,000 photos he took using a gigapan robot. With the help of the machine, shots from all angles are taken from one location, which can then be puzzle-pieced together using a computer.

The final product is a computer image that allows the viewer to see a 360-degree view of the region, something Miranda said has not been done before.

"We just shoot," he said. "I go up to the highest point and look for the best view."

This is not the first time Miranda has used the technology. Last summer, he shot a 240-degree skyline image of downtown Vancouver from the 58th floor of the Shangri-La, B.C.'s tallest building.

Since then, he has shot the Olympic Oval in Richmond, the ice rink at Robson Square and Ferguson Point at Stanley Park, along with several interior room and lobby shots of the Shangri-La Hotel.

His next project is expected to take him to Georgia, where he has been asked to shoot a football game using the gigapan imager.

To view Miranda's shot of the Tri-City skyline and other images, go to www.gigapixel.com/galleries/360-gigapan.

gmckenna@tricitynews.com