A Brand New Year

Something I now have to simply accept is that as you age the years definitely fly by faster! Of course as time is flying by technology improves (allegedly) and every now and then something catches my eye and I think to myself ‘I need that’ much to the disdain of the lady of the boat, she simply raises an eyebrow and probably thinks to herself ‘not another bloody gadget’. The technology I am referring to is VR360 or ‘Virtual Reality’ which I think is a fantastic way of showing off the views we see as we are cruising the cut or visiting somewhere interesting. I’m not talking about the VR which forces the viewer to use special goggles (although feel free to do so!) I am talking the type of photography and video where you can swipe around to get a full immersive 360 view. The drawback for me (and probably you too) is that I end up in all the video clips and many of the photographs.

You may be reading this and wondering what the heck I am talking about so perhaps an example is required. The image below is a VR360 shot and if you touch it with your finger or mouse you can swipe around. There is one caveat for mobile devices which at first can make the page seem hard to navigate because as soon as you come to one of these 360 images and place your fingers on it you stop scrolling and the picture moves around instead. However, it really is just a small irritation and all you have to do is make sure you scroll the page with the white gaps either side of the photo. If the image shows a 360 icon then just tap that to start (depends on what you are viewing this on). If you really want to you can wiggle your mobile phone around instead of swiping! Here is a picture of myself and good lady taking the dogs for a walk with Martin and Sarah from Narrowboat ‘Pride of Nuffield’ and stopping for a chat with another quite animated boater.

Hopefully if you have made it to this text and are using a mobile device you have worked the scrolling thing out already and perhaps see what I mean about it being a more immersive experience and really well suited to showing off our adventures around the canals. As I get more to grips with the 360 camera and the editing of the photographs and videos I am sure we will capture some great stuff in 2018 – it’s going to be a fun year and we will be spending much more time aboard Hannah the Narrowboat but more news on that later. In the meantime here are a few more random shots from our dog walk along the towpath.

Have a great 2018 everyone!