Big Eye In The Sky Interactive Fullscreen VR 360 Degree Aerial Panoramas

Ed Fink over Pass Christian, MS after Katrina

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I'm Ed Fink, and these are my 360 degree panoramas. I was the first VR photographer in the world to do fullscreen 360° panoramas from a helicopter.

I'm now a Google Trusted Photographer in Minneapolis, MN doing 360 degree virtual tours for Google Maps Business View.

Google Maps Business View is the indoor  version of Street View!


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Google Maps Business View adds a 360° virtual tour and professional still photos to a Google Places or +Local listing.


Take a look below at some of my Google tours, or go to my Google Maps Business View page for more information and many samples.


Cathedral of St. Paul


Dakota Jazz Club


Earle Brown Heritage Center


Brew and Grow


Advertising Agencies
Web Designers

I want to partner with you to offer 360° Google Maps Business View to your clients! Google hosts the virtual tour in Google Maps Street View, but you're needed to also embed the tour in your client's web pages, blog, or Facebook.

NEW!! I've recently started adding Google Maps Business View to a few of my 360° aerials.

Email or call 651-483-1557

            
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Category: World Wide Panorama

Every equinox and solstice a group of VR photographers around the world shoot panoramas on a selected theme to create a "World Wide Panorama". These are my World Wide Panorama entries.

Minneapolis Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery 360 degree panorama at the gates to the Minneapolis Pioneer and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery. Established in 1853, it is the oldest cemetery in Minneapolis. About 2,000 people are buried here, including early African-American residents, 200 veterans, and several thousand immigrants, along with infamous Harry Hayward, the first documented American serial killer. This was my submission for the World Wide Panorama Fall Equinox 2013 event Mortality. I wanted to go inside the cemetery, but procrastinator that I am, I arrived too late, on the last day of shooting, and couldn't get in. I decided to shoot anyway - a padlocked gate at an endangered historical cemetery still seems like a good fit for Mortality, plus it makes me think about all the people who have warned me that I will be late for my own funeral.

Equipment: Nikon D700, Nikkor 10.5mm (shaved), Nodal Ninja Ultimate R1

Categories: Minneapolis, World Wide Panorama

 

Pioneer Press Production Facility 360 degree panorama inside the Pioneer Press Production Facility in St. Paul, MN.
This was my submission for the World Wide Panorama Summer Solstice 2013 event Machines.

Equipment: Nikon D700, Nikkor 10.5mm (shaved), Nodal Ninja Ultimate R1

Categories: Saint Paul, World Wide Panorama

 

Union Depot Giant Games 360 degree panorama on the first day of Spring in the recently renovated and reopened Union Depot - St. Paul's own Grand Central Station. Spencer Fink and Zoe Fink are playing giant chess, checkers, Connect 4, and other games on Union Depot's game night.

This was my submission for the World Wide Panorama Spring Equinox 2013 event "Scale". The huge building itself just screams "scale", and certainly the giant games do - plus looking towards the Connect 4, that colorful thing way in the background at the far end of the terminal is the world's largest Lite Bright.

Equipment: Nikon D700, Nikkor 10.5mm (shaved), Nodal Ninja Ultimate R1

Categories: Saint Paul, Union Depot, World Wide Panorama

 

Union Depot Lite Brite 360 degree panorama in front of the world's largest Lite Bright display in the recently renovated and reopened Union Depot - St. Paul's own Grand Central Station on the first day of Spring.

This was an alternate to my submission for the World Wide Panorama Spring Equinox 2013 event "Scale".

Equipment: Nikon D700, Nikkor 10.5mm (shaved), Nodal Ninja Ultimate R1

Categories: Saint Paul, Union Depot, World Wide Panorama

 

Union Depot Jenga 360 degree panorama on the first day of Spring in the recently renovated and reopened Union Depot - St. Paul's own Grand Central Station. Spencer Fink and Zoe Fink are playing giant chess, checkers, Connect 4, and other games on Union Depot's game night.

This was an alternate to my submission for the World Wide Panorama Spring Equinox 2013 event "Scale". The huge building itself just screams "scale", and certainly the giant games do - plus looking towards the Connect 4, that colorful thing way in the background at the far end of the terminal is the world's largest Lite Bright.

Equipment: Nikon D700, Nikkor 10.5mm (shaved), Nodal Ninja Ultimate R1

Categories: Saint Paul, Union Depot, World Wide Panorama

 

Holidazzle 2012 360 degree panorama during the 2012 Holidazzle Parade at Nicollet Ave. and 9th St. in downtown Minneapolis. It is difficult getting a good picture during the parade. They turn all the street lights off, so it's really dark and hard to get a good crowd shot, plus the floats never stop. I'm starting to think the only way I can get a good shot of a float is to put a doll in a stroller, roll it out in the middle of the street, and scream "My baby! MY BABY!!"

Equipment: Nikon D700, Nikkor 10.5mm (shaved), Nodal Ninja Ultimate R1

Categories: Holidazzle Parade, Minneapolis, World Wide Panorama

 

Hastings New Mississippi River Bridge Float In 360 degree panorama on the west bank of the Mississippi River in Hastings, MN as the new bridge is floated into place.

Equipment: Nikon D700, Nikkor 10.5mm (shaved), Nodal Ninja Ultimate R1 on 12' Pole

Categories: Outstate Minnesota, World Wide Panorama

 

Red Wing, MN From Barn Bluff This 360 degree panorama was shot on Barn Bluff overlooking Red Wing, Minnesota, the Mississippi River, and across to Wisconsin.

On Father's Day weekend 2012 I went back to my panorama roots with my wife and grandkids, and rented a convertible to cruise the bluff country along the Mississippi River in southern Minnesota and Wisconsin, shooting panoramas at some of the same locations I shot 13 years ago when I first started doing interactive panoramas.

In 1999 my $1,000 digital camera took 18 shots to make a 360 degree panorama. I could fit exactly 36 shots in the camera, so if I didn't make any mistakes I could shoot 2 panoramas before I had to do a 30 minute camera download! Because it took such an investment in time I learned to be very picky with my shots, and wanted only the most scenic locations. So I used to do "panorama weekends" where I'd rent a convertible and cruise around looking for special panoramas - like this one.

This was my submission for the "Heritage" World Wide Panorama event for Summer Solstice 2012.

Equipment: Nikon D700, Nikkor 10.5mm (shaved), Nodal Ninja Ultimate R1

Categories: Outstate Minnesota, World Wide Panorama

 

St. Paul, Minnesota skyway above the path of the new light rail. 360 degree panorama in a St. Paul skyway over the 4th St. Central Corridor Light Rail construction.

The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul have the coldest average temperature of any major metropolitan area in the U.S. Due to the extreme weather both cities have developed a system of enclosed, climate controlled pedestrian bridges linking the downtown buildings. The St. Paul skyway pictured here, is one of the largest skyway systems in U.S.

The Central Corridor Light Rail will connect the downtowns of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

The protesters in the courtyard plaza below are Catholics protesting President Obama's mandatory insurance funding for contraceptives.

This was my submission for the 2012 Spring Equinox World Wide Panorama event “Paths ”.

Equipment: Nikon D700, Nikkor 10.5mm (shaved), Nodal Ninja Ultimate R1

Categories: Saint Paul, World Wide Panorama

 

Blacksmith For A Day at Historic Fort Snelling 360 degree panorama in the blacksmith shop at Historic Fort Snelling in St. Paul, Minnesota during one of the Blacksmith For A Day classes.
This was my submission for the World Wide Panorama Fall Equinox 2011 event History.

Equipment: Nikon D700, Nikkor 10.5mm (shaved), Nodal Ninja Ultimate R1

Categories: World Wide Panorama

 

Spring flooding on the Mississippi River in St. Paul, Minnesota 360 degree panorama from the Wabasha Bridge above the Mississippi River in downtown St. Paul during the 2011 spring floods. With the river at 17' here, several roads have been closed, and in anticipation of the 19' crest due in the next day or two, flood walls have been erected to limit the flooding in low lying neighborhoods and the downtown airport.

This was my submission for theWorld Wide Panorama Spring Equinox 2011 event “Limits”.

Equipment: Nikon D700, Nikkor 10.5mm (shaved), Nodal Ninja Ultimate R1

Categories: Saint Paul, World Wide Panorama

 

Crystal Court at IDS Center in downtown Minneapolis. This was my submission for the 2010 Fall Equinox World Wide Panorama event Crossroads.

Minneapolis has the coldest average temperature of any major metropolitan area in the U.S. Due to the extreme weather the city has developed a system of enclosed, climate controlled pedestrian bridges linking the downtown buildings. The 69 block, 7 mile system is the largest continuous skyway system in the world. Located at Crystal Court under the IDS building, the skyway intersection pictured here is a major pedestrian crossroads.

Equipment: Nikon D70s, Sigma 8mm, Nodal Ninja 3, PocketWizard Plus

Categories: World Wide Panorama

 

Minnesota State Veterans Day Program 2010 360 degree panorama during the 2010 Minnesota State Veteran's Day Program at the Inver Grove Heights Veterans Memorial Community Center.
Speaking is U.S. Senator Al Franken, and sitting onstage is Governor Tim Pawlenty, Deputy Commissioner of Veteran Heath Care Gilbert Acevedo, Deputy Commissioner of Programs and Services Reggie Worlds, Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard Maj. Gen. Richard Nash, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, and U.S. Congresswoman Betty McCollum.

Equipment: Nikon D700, Nikkor 10.5mm (shaved), Nodal Ninja 3

Categories: Veterans, World Wide Panorama

 

Cottage View Drive-In Theatre on the first night of summer. 360 degree panorama on the first night of summer at the Cottage View Drive-In in Cottage Grove, Minnesota.

This was my submission for the 2010 Summer Solstice World Wide Panorama event “Forgotten Places”.

Equipment: Nikon D70s, Sigma 8mm, Nodal Ninja 3, PocketWizard Plus

Categories: World Wide Panorama

 

Tapping a maple tree on the first day of spring. 360 degree panorama on the first day of spring during the Sugar on Snow Festival at the Tamarack Nature Center in White Bear Township, Minnesota, as a group of children learn how to tap a maple tree and make maple syrup.

This was my submission for the 2010 Spring Equinox World Wide Panorama event “Food”.

Equipment: Nikon D70s, Sigma 8mm, Nodal Ninja 3, PocketWizard Plus

Categories: World Wide Panorama

 

John Beargrease performance at the MN History Center 360 degree panorama of the John Beargrease performance/reenactment at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.

John Beargrease was a legendary Ojibwe mail carrier and fur trader most famous for battling Minnesota’s extreme winters to deliver mail along the North Shore of Lake Superior via dog sled. Using four dogs, he would travel an average of 30-40 miles a day.

Today his life is commemorated with the annual John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon, which is the longest and most challenging sled dog event in the lower 48 states.

John Beargrease is one of the many characters from Minnesota’s past that are performed regularly by the Minnesota History Players at the History Center.

This was my submission for the 2009 Fall Equinox World Wide Panorama event “Performing Arts”.

Equipment: Nikon D70s, Sigma 8mm, Nodal Ninja 3, PocketWizard Plus

Categories: Minnesota History Center, World Wide Panorama

 

St. Croix River 360 degree panorama on Sand Island in the St. Croix River between Minnesota and Wisconsin.

This was my submission for the 2009 Summer Solstice World Wide Panorama event.

Equipment: Nikon D70s, Sigma 8mm, Nodal Ninja 3, PocketWizard Plus

Categories: World Wide Panorama

 

The Happy Gnome's Firkin Fest 360 degree panorama at the Happy Gnome's Firkin Fest, featuring 25 breweries and over 55 specialty beers.

This was my submission for the 2009 Spring Equinox World Wide Panorama event.

Equipment: Nikon D70s, Sigma 8mm, Nodal Ninja 3

Categories: Saint Paul, World Wide Panorama

 

Over Main St. at 6th St. Over Main St. at 6th St. in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio.

Equipment: Nikon D70s, Sigma 8mm, PocketWizard Plus

Helicopter: Signature Engines, Inc.
Pilot: Bill Schmidt

Categories: Cincinnati, Ohio, World Wide Panorama

 

National Museum of the United States Air Force The National Museum of the United States Air Force is the largest and oldest military aviation museum in the world. More than one million people a year visit the museum’s 17 acres of indoor exhibits.

The museum has over 400 aircraft and missiles in it’s collection, including the Wright Brothers 1909 Military Flyer, Curtis 1911 Model D, the Boeing B-17 “Memphis Belle”, the Boeing B-29 Superfortress “Bockscar” (used in the atomic bombing of Nagaski) , Boeing B-52D Stratofortress, Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird, Rockwell B-1B, Northrup B-2A, Lockheed F-117A Nighthawk stealth fighter, and eight presidential aircraft, including the first Air Force One, which was the plane that took President and Mrs. Kennedy to Dallas the day he was assassinated.

The National Museum of the United States Air Force is located outside Dayton, Ohio adjacent to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base at Huffman Prairie Flying Field, where Orville and Wilbur Wright developed their airplane and made hundreds of flights.

Wright-Patterson is one of the largest Air Force installations, and is the Air Force’s main research and development base, headquarters of the Air Force Logistics Command, and home to the Air Force Institute of Technology and the National Air and Space Intelligence Center. Which might explain why the FBI was so eager to question us when we landed! :)

Equipment: Nikon D70s, Sigma 8mm, PocketWizard Plus

Helicopter: D&M Aviation Inc. 513-602-3177
Pilot: Dan Kelly

Categories: Dayton, Ohio, Featured, World Wide Panorama

 

Over Ohio Stadium at Ohio State University 360 degree aerial panorama directly over Ohio Stadium (AKA: "The Horseshoe"), home of the Buckeyes, at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.

Equipment: Nikon D70s, Sigma 8mm, PocketWizard Plus

Helicopter: Signature Engines, Inc.
Pilot: Bill Schmidt

Categories: Columbus, Ohio, Ohio State University, World Wide Panorama

 

Mississippi River Fog #55 360 degree panorama of the Father Louis Hennepin Bridge disappearing into the morning fog over the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis during the first week of spring. The bridge is in First Bridge Park, and was built at the site of the first bridge in the country to span the Mississippi River.

The only building visible in the fog is the Minneapolis Post Office, which is on the site of the first permanent white dwelling on the west bank of the river.

This was my submission for the 2007 Spring Equinox World Wide Panorama "Atmosphere" event.

Equipment: Nikon D70s, Sigma 8mm, Kaidan QuickPan III

Categories: Minneapolis, World Wide Panorama

 

Mississippi River Fog #318 360 degree panorama of the Father Louis Hennepin Bridge as it disappears into the morning fog over the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis during the first week of spring. The bridge is in First Bridge Park, and was built at the site of the first bridge in the country to span the Mississippi River.

The only building visible in the fog is the Minneapolis Post Office, which is on the site of the first permanent white dwelling on the west bank of the river.

This was an alternate shot for the 2007 Spring Equinox World Wide Panorama "Atmosphere" event.

Equipment: Nikon D70s, Sigma 8mm, Kaidan QuickPan III

Categories: Minneapolis, World Wide Panorama

 

MN/DOT's Regional Transportation  Management Center 360 degree panorama inside Minnesota Department of Transportation's Regional Transportation Management Center (RTMC). MN State Patrol Dispatch, Maintenance Dispatch, and Traffic Operations work together in a state of the art Operations Center using cutting-edge technology, progressive programs, and real time information delivery systems to provide motorists with a faster, safer trip on Twin Cities area freeways.

This was my submission for the 2006 Fall Equinox World Wide Panorama on Transportation.

Equipment: Nikon D70s, Sigma 8mm, Kaidan QuickPan III

Categories: World Wide Panorama

 

Elevated view inside MN/DOT's Regional Transportation  Management Center 360 degree panorama shot from a lift inside the Minnesota Department of Transportation's Regional Transportation Management Center (RTMC). MN State Patrol Dispatch, Maintenance Dispatch, and Traffic Operations work together in a state of the art Operations Center using cutting-edge technology, progressive programs, and real time information delivery systems to provide motorists with a faster, safer trip on Twin Cities area freeways.

This was an alternate shot for the 2006 Fall Equinox World Wide Panorama on Transportation.

Equipment: Nikon D70s, Sigma 8mm, Kaidan QuickPan III

Categories: World Wide Panorama

 

360 degree aerial panorama of Deadwood, SD.

360 degree aerial panorama of Deadwood, SD. Aerial panorama shot from a helicopter at sunrise over Deadwood, SD.

Equipment: Nikon D70s, Sigma 8mm

Helicopter: Black Hills Aerial Adventures

Categories: Black Hills, Deadwood, World Wide Panorama

 

The historic Tivoli Hotel, destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

The historic Tivoli Hotel, destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. 360 degree panorama in front of the Tivoli Hotel in Biloxi, MS after Hurricane Katrina. The historic Tivoli Hotel, built in 1927, and the newer two story Tivoli Motel were struck by casino barges that broke free during the 30 foot storm surge. The motel was flattened, killing eight people, and the hotel suffered major damage.

Equipment: NikonD70, Sigma 8mm, Kaidan QuickPan III

Categories: Hurricane Katrina, World Wide Panorama

 

Spring on the St. Croix River. 360 degree panorama on the second day of spring as two children take advantage of the warm weather to throw snowballs in the St. Croix River that separates Minnesota and Wisconsin, just south of Taylor's Falls, MN and St. Croix Falls, WI.

Over the 2006 Spring Equinox VR photographers around the world shot panoramas on the theme "Borders" for the World Wide Panorama. This was my submission.

Equipment: NikonD70, Sigma 8mm, Kaidan QuickPan III

Categories: Outstate Minnesota, Wisconsin, World Wide Panorama

 

Shopping for fun at the Mall of America's Camp Snoopy. 360 degree panorama of kids shopping for fun at the Mall of America's Camp Snoopy.

 

Over the 2005 Spring Equinox, VR photographers around the world shot panoramas on the theme "Marketplace" for a World Wide Panorama project. This was my entry.

Equipment: NikonD70, Sigma 8mm, Kaidan QuickPan III

Categories: Mall of America, World Wide Panorama

 

Sanctuary - A World Wide Panorama Over the 2004 Winter Solstice VR photographers around the world shot panoramas on the theme "Sanctuary" for a World Wide Panorama project

I shot my "Sanctuary" panorama of a homeless family inspecting their new room at People Serving People, an emergency housing shelter in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota that provides temporary rooms for up to 440 people, 60% of them children.

On this first night of winter the temperature dropped to -8º F (-22º C), with wind chills reaching -33º F (-36º C).  Deeper into winter the temperature here can hit -30º F (-34º C) and colder.  That makes People Serving People not only a sanctuary, but a life-saving sanctuary.

Equipment: NikonD70, Sigma 8mm, Kaidan QuickPan III

Categories: World Wide Panorama

 

Old North Bridge (The Shot Heard 'Round the World) 360 degree panorama on the Old North Bridge in Concord, MA, where the Shot Heard 'Round the World was fired which began the American Revolution.

Equipment: Nikon D70, Sigma 8mm

Categories: Featured, Old North Bridge, World Wide Panorama

 

Old North Bridge - Side View 360 degree panorama next to the Old North Bridge in Concord, MA, where the Shot Heard 'Round the World was fired which began the American Revolution.

Equipment: Nikon D70, Sigma 8mm

Categories: Old North Bridge, Veterans, World Wide Panorama

 

Veterans Day Ceremony at VA Home 360 degree panorama as the audience sings "God Bless America" during an emotional Veterans Day ceremony at the Minneapolis, Minnesota VA Home on Nov. 11, 2004, attended by Gov. Tim Pawlenty and U.S. Sens. Mark Dayton and Norm Coleman, along with Marland Ronning, MN American Legion Commander, and Maj. Gen. Doyle Larson, USAF (retired).

These Veterans Day (Nov. 11th) panoramas were shot for a collaborative VR project remembering the end of "The War To End All Wars."

In the U.S. there is no specific ceremony marking the end of World War One. Instead, Nov. 11 is recognized as Veterans Day, a time for honoring veterans of all wars. (Like my father, Lee S. Fink, who served in World War Two, Korea, and Vietnam.)

Equipment: NikonD70, Sigma 8mm, Kaidan QuickPan III

Categories: Government, Veterans, World Wide Panorama

 

Veterans Day Ceremony at VA Home 360 degree panorama as the audience salutes the color guard at the end of an emotional Veterans Day ceremony at the Minneapolis, Minnesota VA Home on Nov. 11, 2004, attended by Gov. Tim Pawlenty and U.S. Sens. Mark Dayton and Norm Coleman, along with Marland Ronning, MN American Legion Commander, and Maj. Gen. Doyle Larson, USAF (retired).

These Veterans Day (Nov. 11th) panoramas were shot for a collaborative VR project remembering the end of "The War To End All Wars."

In the U.S. there is no specific ceremony marking the end of World War One. Instead, Nov. 11 is recognized as Veterans Day, a time for honoring veterans of all wars. (Like my father, Lee S. Fink, who served in World War Two, Korea, and Vietnam.)

Equipment: NikonD70, Sigma 8mm, Kaidan QuickPan III

Categories: Government, Veterans, World Wide Panorama

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The St. Paul Pioneer Press did a front page story about me.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press interviewed me for a story about Google virtual tours and used my Basilica virtual tour. Second time I made their front page!
If you missed it because I bought so many copies you can read it here!




KARE 11 TV did a story on Google virtual tours.



VRMag has a feature story about my Hurricane Katrina panoramas.

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