Category: Panoramas

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)

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.

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!

Neptune Glassworks

Uri Davillier and crew at Neptune Glassworks in Downtown Los Angeles.

Glassworker Uri Davillier and his crew at his Downtown Los Angeles studio, Neptune Glassworks.

Ron Finley Garden

Ron Finley Garden, Los Angeles, California

Here’s a recent 360° panorama I shot at Ron Finley’s gardens in Los Angeles. Ron is an activist who encourages people to create gardens in their own communities, especially in lower-income urban neighborhoods. Check out his site for more about the inspiring, important work that he does.

Click the image above to view the garden interactively.

Highland Park/Mount Washington Panorama

Highland Park/Mount Washington panoramic photo by Jim Newberry.

Here’s a panorama I recently shot near the border of the Los Angeles neighborhoods Highland Park and Mount Washington–right across the street from Sycamore Grove Park.

VR Panorama: 826LA Writers Room

826LA Writers Room at Manual Arts High School. Panoramic VR photo by Jim Newberry.

I recently visited Manual Arts High School in Los Angeles to shoot a virtual tour for the amazing non-profit writing and tutoring organization, 826LA. A number of illustrious students have walked the halls of M.A.H.S.—founded in 1910—including Jackson Pollock and Frank Capra.

Click the panoramic photo above to explore the Writers Room, and to visit other rooms at the school. And when in L.A., be sure to visit one of 826LA’s two Time Travel Marts–there’s one in Echo Park, and another in Mar Vista. They have a sister location in Chicago, The Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co., and on the East Coast, you’ll find 826nyc’s Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co.

Self-Portrait With Ricoh Theta S Camera

Panoramic self-portrait by Jim Newberry, shot with Ricoh Theta S camera.

I’ve been having fun shooting tests with my new Theta S camera, which shoots 360° stills and video. For this shot I placed the very small camera inside an agave plant and leaned in for my close up. Theta S review coming soon.