Wednesday, June 6, 2018

A Recommitment to Nashville360VR

Well well well. Here we are.

It's been nearly two years since my work and my other interests nudged this blog off my priorities list. Recently having been gifted, by my dear wife, an Oculus Go, I it is back on.

I am currently using my iPhone 6s and Occipital360 for collecting images around my native city, and I shall continue to do so for an undetermined time. One benefit of the long lapse is that past sites can be revisited and comparison brought to the table. An example of this is West Park. You may recall the series (see previous posts) detailing the unfortunate storm damage to this project, setting it back, by some estimations, by as much as two years. A recent article in 372WN says that our Metro Council rep, Mary Carolyn Roberts has scheduled and cancelled no less than two ribbon cutting ceremonies for the park's opening (and is "not scheduling another one"). I walked down there the other day and took a couple 360s. Visit Occipital to get the full image, and here is the flat one:

I'll add more once I can get inside. For now, here are three regular stills from closer up:
over the fence

through the opening by the basketball court

up against the court fence

Sunday, October 9, 2016

I took a walk across Nashville's John L. Seigenthaler Memorial Bridge (for the first time!) last week, and here's the 3D panorama I captured at the end. It was a beautiful Fall afternoon and I also took some 2D panos that I'll share below.

Here's the flat version:
And here's the link to view the 360 version in your 3D goggles. You have those, yes? --

And "normal" iPhone panos:

Live long and prosper--more coming!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Silo in The Nations

I'd so like to get into this building, an icon of The Nations, to explore it. I'd bet I could get some unforgettable 360s. Meanwhile, see

and the goggle-friendly version at 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

West Park Take 3!!!

Wow. Okay, it blew over again. Again they are making progress, but as one person on Nextdoor The Nations mused, I wonder how much it's costing to keep starting over. That would be a good investigative article for a headline hunter. Inquiring minds want to know. Her are a few pics, including a 360, of that project's most recent weather related mishap.

Btw, I Periscoped this storm coming in and it truly was magnificent. Little did I know it was to blow this project down. Again.

 Here's the flat image:
And here's the link to the full 360 image at

Enjoy. Next week. The iconic Silo in The Nations--in Nashville360VR!

Friday, July 15, 2016

West Park take 2

In just 3 weeks or so, these guys have made extraordinary progress. When I was taking this, I could hear the squeaky sound of the bolts tightening on the lumber as they begin to assemble the skin on the structure skeleton.
Here's the flat image:
And view with Goggles in your browser at

Cool. Next target? The iconic deserted silo structure at the top of 51st Avenue. I'm working on my technique and as a teaser, I'll put up one I'm not so happy with but which will give you an idea of where I will be going when I do a retake, to be posted by next week...
Goggle view?

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The Nations Before

Howdy. There is a vast stretch of concrete ruins between Centennial Boulevard and the railroad tracks running parallel to the Cumberland in The Nations. I took my cam up there on a cloudy summer afternoon to capture the before, and it will be interesting to snag the "after" once the huge residential project slated for that area is completed. This will be fun.

View at Occipital360:

or view the flat image here:

Monday, July 11, 2016

Nashville in 360 Virtual Reality is Here!

NOTE: This is a draft in progress, Hold on, wait for it...wait for it...

Good morning, afternoon, or evening, wherever you are. My city is booming. Word has it that an average of 85 human beings per day are moving into it.

That's crazytalk.

To share the city of my birth and my home, here's what I want to do here, dear reader/viewer. I intend to create and share 360 degree panoramas for viewing online or in  your Google Cardboard or other virtual reality viewers/goggles. As this project develops expect to see images that capture, in 3 dimensions for your viewing pleasure, Nashville, Tennessee. And no, I don't own Google Jump, and I'm not likely to anytime soon. But you can learn about that16 camera array here. If anyone wants to buy me one, just google me and I'll provide you delivery details. :)

Random aside: Did you know that Google's original name was "Backrub?" I just learned that yesterday on NPR's Ask Me Another. The name was to describe the original algorithm, which rated sites based on how many other sites linked to it. I believe it's gotten a bit more complicated than that...
Feel free to download and view using the Occipital 360 app, use your goggles with a browser at my Occipital site, or utilize the 3D viewer app of your choice. I do like Mobile VR Viewer. In future posts, I'll be sharing apps, gear, and ideas as I learn them. Things will likely change. This is going to be fun.

The backstory for my first image: On Wednesday afternoon, June 15, 2016, the West Park Water project a quarter mile from my home was well underway.  The space planned to contain the huge 37 foot tall wet weather storage tank had been completely "skeletoned out" with scaffolding and there was lumber for its construction all over it. Then came the winds. Watch this news video for an explanation.

On a morning dog walk just yesterday, I pulled out my iPhone 6s and took my first fully 360 degree panorama image with the 360 app. While it's, yes, a little sketchy (witness half my dog, Watson), I promise these will only get better as I experiment with technique and tools. Still, viewing this image in my SHINECON VR headset is pretty groovy and I hope you enjoy what I share. Bear with me and I will begin sharing at least one new image a week right here. Want to view in a 3D app or browser?
Do so at