Virtual Tourism

Just what is the prettiest photoshoot you can do?

Just what is the prettiest shoot you can do? Well, I think it must be a florists. It was a first for us, The Hanging Basket in Lancaster has been one of our most picturesque shoots.

Try Googling ‘The Hanging Basket Lancaster’ on an iPad or tablet and first take a look at ‘Photos’ and as you scroll you will see lots of lovely flowers and displays as below.

The Hanging Basket Lancaster Photos on the Google

The Hanging Basket Lancaster Photos on the Google

It was a smallish space in which to work, but the Google Tour looks great, try moving around in the image below

Or even better try it on Google Cardboard (Google Street View App) for the full immersive virtual reality experience

The Hanging Basket on Google Cardboard Virtual Reality

The Hanging Basket on Google Cardboard Virtual Reality

 

Bet you didn’t know you could do that now – did you! A-maz-ing!

 

 

It’s anything but glamorous!

One of the things about doing a shoot in a hair or beauty salon such as Nelson Browns, is the problem with all the multiple reflections in the mirrors. The other day we performed a minor miracle to get all the shots for the Google Virtual Tour without the camera or ourselves getting in the picture. Mind you, it meant hiding in the toilet for most of the shoot for one of us! It was worth it though.

Click on the arrow on the floor, and then drag and zoom in and out of the image below.

We were with Nelson Brown at his salon, this time in Lockerbie. Nelson specialises in education and has a fantastic team behind him. Nelson also assists backstage on hair for the cat walks at London, New York, Paris and Milan fashion weeks, including John Rocha, Burberry, Jasper Conran, Paul Smith… and you can see why. Now this IS glamorous!

Amazing hair by Nelson Brown.

Nelson Brown - fab hair

Nelson Brown – fab hair

 

How not to impress at a beauty shoot…

Unlike Nelson’s style beneath, I’ve been perfecting the ‘through a hedge backwards look’ recently that only I can be proud of. Yes the day we came to do our shoot at Browns, we arrived in a rain storm. We were so wet through, Nelson Brown offered us towels to dry off!

And of course Browns just happens to be a hair salon! It was very embarrassing for us to turn up like that to say the least!

And it wasn’t just any hair salon. It’s not often that you come across such exciting talent.

Nelson Brown fabulous hair design

Nelson Brown fabulous hair design

 

Nelson has just been awarded 5 stars in the Good Salon Guide, and we came to do his Google Virtual Tours for his salons. Here’s our tour of the Dumfries salon.

 

 

If you want to see more of Nelson’s style tune in to our next blog…

 

The Nail Factory, Dalbeattie, another fab Google tour

Here we have a very lovely gallery, in Dalbeattie. It provides studio space and workshops for artists and hosts exhibitions. Try clicking and dragging on the image below. This is their Google Tour.

 

Now for some of my favourite shots from the shoot

Totem at The Nail Factory, Dalbeattie

Totem at The Nail Factory, Dalbeattie

 

At The Nail Factory, Dalbeattie

At The Nail Factory, Dalbeattie

 

At The Nail Factory, Dalbeattie

At The Nail Factory, Dalbeattie

 

At The Nail Factory, Dalbeattie

At The Nail Factory, Dalbeattie

It’s always important to show you how things appeared before and after the Google Tour. Here’s before the tour when searching on an iPad (you get similar results on other devices). You would not even know it was a gallery and in fact the image is pointing at a different building!

The Nail Factory, Dalbeattie before the Google Tour

The Nail Factory, Dalbeattie before the Google Tour

Below we have The Nail Factory AFTER the Google Tour. Now there is much more appropriate and inviting imagery. What a difference for prospective visitors!

The Nail Factory, Dalbeattie AFTER the Google Tour

The Nail Factory, Dalbeattie AFTER the Google Tour

A great place for artists and collectors. Go seek it out.

We will be visiting another place in Dalbeattie, and it will be hot…

Gadding about with Google, on your Treks

It comes to something when you can race around the world in a few minutes on-line.

It’s surprising what you can find on Street View or perhaps rather it’s surprising what is NOT on Street View.

I found the world famous Petra on Maps. Just go to Google Maps and search for Petra.

Petra on Google Maps

Petra on Google Maps

Then drop the little man on the map as close to the pin as possible and spin around to see this.

Petra 'Street View'

Petra ‘Street View’

If it’s cold and wet outside you can go to Petra, climb El Capitan in Yosemite, visit Venice and many other amazing places at Google Treks

Treks has a wealth of information, audio and visual to keep you interested. Google have so far covered Petra, Samburu, El CApitan Yosemite (AMAZING), Nepal, Gombe National Park, Pyramids of Giza, Angkor Wat, Colorado River, Churchill, Taj Mahal, Venice, Galapagos Islands, Eiffel Tower, Mt Fuji, Burj Khalifa, Iqaluit, Everest base camp, Grand Canyon, Great Barrier Reef, Amazon Basin, Kennedy Space Centre.

Here’s Petra, and you can go right inside. I leave you to explore…click on the image.

Petra Treks

Petra Treks

Virtual Tourism, the Sistine Chapel from your armchair

Well, it still never ceases to amaze me just how well travelled we can be without leaving our home. An internet connection is all we need and we can be a virtual tourist.

The world is responding to our desire for imagery whether that is for shopping or visiting tourist spots or seeing virtual exhibitions. Here’s a small collection of museum and art exhibitions from very well know locations around the world.

Starting with a real exhibition at the Fundacion MAPFRE in Barcelona. The exhibition is called The Triumph of Colour. From Gauguin to Matisse. It features paintings from the collections of the Musee d’Orsay and the Musee de l’Orangerie and runs until 10th Jan 2016. It’s a pity that it’s not on an HTTPS server so click on the image below and a new page will open. When you find a ‘+’ sign this means you can see the painting close up, and look for other icons to find written and audio commentaries. Explore and see what you think. (It’s in Spanish, I did look for other language versions but I could not find any).

Fundacion MAPFRE Barcelona Virtual Tour

Fundacion MAPFRE Barcelona Virtual Tour

Next here’s a Google Street View tour of the Orangerie Museum in Paris from way back in Dec 2011. Pretty cool for those days and still excellent today, it’s one of my favourite exhibitions in Paris. It’s on a HTTPS server so just click on the image embedded below and move around and zoom.

And finally for some real funky stuff, we have The Sistine Chapel at the Vatican in Rome. There is so much detail here, it’s just amazing. The controls are quite ‘sensitive’ and I can easily end up with the picture spinning, but my goodness, it is so beautiful. Again it’s not HTTPS so this will open another window, but with such high resolution you can forgive anything. [Post edit: Please note this tour is in ‘Flash’ which is not supported by Apple iPhone or iPad, which means it won’t work on these. You need to access this on other devices and non-mobile devices such as a desktop or laptop. It would be worth the Vatican re-engineering this into a non-flash version to be accessible to so many more people. I think it’s worth it].

Sistine Chapel at the Vatican Rome, Virtual Tour

Sistine Chapel at the Vatican Rome, Virtual Tour

There’s plenty more to come with virtual reality, watch that space….virtual or otherwise

Go and explore on line.