Author: Jim

“Before You Were Born,” Fantastic Installation in West Hollywood


Laurie Shapiro at her installation, "Before You Were Born." 360° VR photo by Jim Newberry/

Southern Californians, it’s your last chance to check out Laurie Shapiro‘s fantastic installation at Radiant Space in West Hollywood; tomorrow (February 22nd) is the last day to see it, the gallery is open until 4PM.

Here’s a 360° photograph I shot of Laurie and her work.

Panoramas at the Velaslavasay Panorama

"Effulgence of the North," 360° panoramic mural by Sara Velas. Photo by Jim Newberry.

(click above image to launch interactive 360° view)


Here’s a panoramic portrait of Sara Velas, with her immersive composition, Effulgence of the North, at the wonderful Velaslavasay Panorama, of which Velas is the founder and artistic director (Velas painted the 360° backdrop, and collaborated with Asami Morita in creating the three dimensional terrain; accompanying audio was composed by Moritz Fehr). According to its website, the Velaslavasay Panorama (located just west of Downtown Los Angeles) is “an exhibition hall, theatre and garden dedicated to the production and presentation of unusual visual experiences, including those of the 360-degree variety.” Effulgence of the North was very recently dismantled to make way for a new installation, titled Shengjing Panorama. I saw a rendering of the project; it looks amazing.

Below is another interactive panoramic photograph I shot at the Velaslavasay Panorama. This installation will be on view at least through December, 2018. It’s called Nova Tuskhut, and here’s a description of it from creator Sara Velas:

The “Nova Tuskhut” is the only arctic trading post in the lower 48-states. It was unveiled in May 2014 as a companion installation to the lobby exhibit “Nancy Columbia and the Arctic Beyond”. Those two exhibits were created as part of the Velaslavasay Panorama Polar Year (V.P.P.Y.) of 2014 & 2015, in anticipation of the eventual hibernation of the “Effulgence of the North” arctic panorama. “Nova Tuskhut” was created by myself, Ruby Carlson and Rastra Contreras using found objects, salvaged wood siding and incandescent lighting. Occasionally, candles are used to illuminate the hut. The interior of the Nova Tuskhut is available for visitation during the Velaslavasy Panorama’s open hours. As most of the objects in the hut are not archival, visitors are invited to read, converse and nap within the hut.  Visitors are encouraged to look out the window where a tundra & arctic landscape with day-to-night lighting cycle is featured. There is one set of archival objects in the hut – the snowshoes of Samuel J. Entrikin (1862-1942) who was second-in-command during the 1893-95 Arctic expedition under Admiral Robert Peary to North Greenland.


Nova Tuskhut at the Velaslavasay Panorama. 360° photo by Jim Newberry.

(click above image to launch interactive 360° view)

LMU: Sacred Heart Chapel Virtual Tour

360° view of the Sacred Heart Chapel at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

I recently shot a virtual tour of Loyola Marymount University‘s Sacred Heart Chapel, for their site showcasing the beautiful stained glass there.
At the virtual tour website, each stained glass window is a hotspot you can click on to view detailed information about each one.

360° View of Museum of Jurassic Technology Courtyard

360° photo of rooftop courtyard at the Museum of Jurassic Technology in Culver City, California. Photo by Jim Newberry.

What a treat to get the chance to shoot photographs at the wondrous Museum of Jurassic Technology in Culver City, California. This is the beautiful rooftop courtyard; I also shot the Tula Tea Room, which will be posted soon. The MJT is an essential destination; be sure to visit next time you’re in Southern California.

360° Video: Los Angeles State Historic Park

Here’s a test shoot I did at the reopening of Los Angeles State Historic Park with the Z Cam S1 camera, which creates 360° interactive videos up to 6k after stitching. Still fine-tuning the workflow.

VR Tour: Brand Library & Art Center, Glendale California

Brand Library & Art Center, Glendale CA. Panoramic photo by Jim Newberry.

I recently had the pleasure of shooting a VR tour of the majestic Brand Library & Art Center, in Glendale, California, strategically perched at the foothills of the Verdugo Mountains.

Click the above photo to take the immersive tour, in 360°.

Red Car River Park 360°

Red Car River Park, Los Angeles, California. 360° VR photo by Jim Newberry.

Here’s a recent spherical panorama I shot at golden hour in Red Car River Park, Los Angeles. The scenic spot is on the Los Angeles River in the Atwater Village neighborhood.

Click the image above to see the interactive version!

Mini Review of the Z Cam S1 360° VR Camera

I’ve just written a mini review of the Z Cam S1 video camera, a very promising 360° VR camera which I’ve recently acquired. I’ll be posting a follow-up article after I have a chance to shoot more with it.




Joshua Tree Tiny Planet

Joshua Tree tiny planet. Photo by Jim Newberry.


360° DSLR panorama converted to tiny planet view, shot at Joshua Tree National Park, California.