The Netherlands in 360 Degrees

Posted: July 9, 2009    Categories: Netherlands

I normally only showcase my photography on this site, but I’m going to make an exception this time, because the exception is so cool.

When I was in the Netherlands I was contacted by Karel who is the #1 player on Where On Google Earth. He lives in the Netherlands and offered to drive me around the country for two days to visit some of the World Heritages sites in the the Netherlands. One of his hobbies is taking 360° panorama photographs. He also runs the website which showcases his work.

He recently sent me some of the panorama photos taken during our trip to the World Heritage sites of Holland, and I wanted to share them with everyone. The photos are taken on a tripod with a fisheye lens and later stitched together to get the 360° effect. You can use your mouse to move around the image. (You need QuickTime installed to view the panoramas)

Schokland used to be an island in the middle of the sea. As the land around it was reclaimed, it became landlocked. The photo was taken at the edge of what used to be the harbor. It is now totally surrounded by polder farmland. You can see our bicycles up against a fence as well as the old lighthouse.

The Afsluitdijk is an enormous 32 km (20 miles) barrier that separates the North Sea from Lake Ijssel (IJsselmeer). This photo was taken on an overpass which crosses the road. I was hiding on the staircase on one end of the overpass when he took the photo.

If you like his panoramas you can view more of them at his site There are several more panoramas in the “recent” section which were taken during out exploration of the Netherlands including the outside and inside of the Woudagemaal steam pump facility.

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