Ashwood Nurseries & the Ricoh Theta


Early in 2016 I bought a Ricoh Theta – a 360 degree camera. I’ve had some fun with it at Dudley Museum and Art Gallery, in the houses at the Black Country Living Museum, St Edmund’s Church, and today at Ashwood Nurseries. Since it covers 360 degrees, it’s quite difficult to avoid being in the picture yourself, and if the camera is on a tripod then the tripod ends up in the picture too. But the thing I’m finding most difficult is how to present the results in a reasonably satisfactory way. If I import the photo into Lightroom etc then I get the sort of picture at the top of this blog, which doesn’t do justice to the camera. Ricoh provide a web site which allows the pictures to be displayed in all their glory, and you can see some of the photos from today in the full 360 degree form by clicking on the links below:

These give an animated view of the photo when they are started, or you can drag the mouse over the picture to get other views.

I’d really like to be able to post the pictures direct into a web page (like this one!), or to have easier control of how I can display an automated animation, but it’s quite difficult finding software which allows this.




About Mike Hessey

I'm a BOF (Boring Old Fellow) and MOS (Miserable Old Soul) whose main interests are photography, cycling, walking and computers. Regrettably recent problems with my legs, back and heart have reduced the cycling and walking.
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