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name and portrait Willy Kaemena


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website url http://www.360cities.net/profile/willy-kaemena
city and country Bremen, Germany

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I am a retired mechanical Engineer from Bremen Germany and a hobbyist photographer. For almost 30 years I lived and worked abroad. After my retirement, I returned to my home town.

When I first became aware of the development of interactive VR photography  (Quicktime VR) I was eager to get my hand on a digital camera. I saw great potential in my area of work, which was industrial construction sites located abroad and far away from the engineering departments of the head and planning offices. VR panoramas  were the media which could now transmit, via the recently invented internet, the real situation from the work site to the home office, and better than any conventional photo.

I bought my first digital camera in February 1998, a Ricoh RCD1. I immediately made my first interactive panorama, which was stitched by simply putting digital photos together in a photo editor application, without blending. A simple free Apple program transformed this into my first VR panorama. Via dialup to AOL I was then able to transmit this from my construction site in the hinterland of Pakistan to the head office in Germany.  The digital multimedia era had begun.

In 2004 I got my first DSLR camera and a fisheye lens, which marked for me the start of high quality full-spheric panoramas. From 2004 up to today I have produced more than 3000 panoramas. Due to my  work and private travel, I have shot panoramas in quite a number of countries, including  Germany, Portugal, Syria, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Spain, the USA, Mexico, Austria, Switzerland, France, England, Scotland, Denmark, Belgium, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Thailand, Peru, Brazil, Argentina, Hungary, Romania, the Czech Republic, and Algeria. My specialities are train interior panoramas, action panoramas in crowds, and tower panoramas from vantage points accessible to the public but not ideal for a classic panoramic photo, which can be quite challenging.

I am a contributor to 360cities.net,  the largest panoramic website, which has more than 150,000 panoramas online, as well as the World Wide Panorama project, where I have contributed since 2004.

I want to bring the world to the people and  there is nothing better than an interactive panorama, which puts the spectators right into the scene as if they were actually there.

More than a thousand of my panoramas are also accessible on a default layer of Google Earth and they are seen  by more than 11,000 people daily. I have also had the opportunity to present panoramic photography to a  larger audience  in mainstream TV, as well as a two page article in a large German computer magazine.

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first image title Puente de la Mujer
first image subject Puerto Madero
first image place date Buenos Aires, Argentina, January 2011
first image caption This modern bridge, which bears clearly the hand of its Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, spans the Puerto Madero harbor in Buenos Aires. This is a swing bridge and can be opened for passing water craft and was completed in Dec. 2001.

This was the first port in Buenos Aires, constructed in the 1880s. Due to rising ship sizes a new port had to be constructed and this first port, named after its builder Eduardo Madero, became obsolete and almost forgotten. In 1990 foreign investments led to a huge redevelopment, comparable to the Docklands in London, with luxury hotels, offices, restaurants and lofts. Puerto Madero currently represents the largest urban renewal project in the city of Buenos Aires. Having undergone an impressive revival in merely a decade, it is one of the most successful recent waterfront renewal projects in the world.

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second image title Aerial View of Cologne Deutz
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second image place date Cologne Deutz, Germany Sept. 2010
second image caption The pictures for this panorama were taken from a 103 meter high tower called the KölnTriangelPanorama. From there you have a view over to the historical Köln (Cologne) on the other side of the Rhine River, with its cathedral and adjacent main railway station and the railway bridge. On this side over the railway tracks is the fair ground (Köln Messe) and you can also spot the Köln Arena, the building with the bow-like  construction on the roof. In order to give you a proper 360º view on a flat print, I have chosen the stereographic projection, which gives the  viewer  an even higher viewpoint.

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third image title Talgo Night Train - Sud Expresso
third image subject The Talgo night train restaurant
third image place date Hendaye—Irun French/Spanish border station, June 2010
third image caption Sud Express is the name of a famous night train connection, originally between Paris and Lisbon, but now covering only the southern part of the traditional route.

With the opening of the LGV Atlantique in 1990, the direct service was discontinued in favor of a (faster) combination of two different trains. The original connection to and from Paris is made with a TGV to Irun and from Hendaye (the twin border towns on opposite sides of the French/Spanish border). The continuing Sud Express then runs as a night train from Irun at the French/Spanish border to Lisbon and from Lisbon to Hendaye. Since 2010 the train has been composed of Talgo cars hired from Renfe.

This Panorama shows the restaurant car of the train. All service on the train is provided by Portuguese crews, therefore food and beverages are all Portuguese. All aboard — enjoy your 1000km night trip to Lisbon.

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