Photo Post – Maker Faire NoVA

At the start of the month I was privileged to be one of the photographers for the 6th annual Maker Faire here in Northern Virginia. Below are a few of the images I made and more are in this Flickr album.

Dissecting Dyson

The area of the Faire where anyone can tear apart computers, printers, and other electronic devices is very popular. I’ve always wanted to see what’s inside my Dyson vacuum but my wife would probably object.

 Drone Pilot

In the drones and robot section, this young lady showed some real skills as a pilot. Look at that concentration.


You never know who or what you’ll run into at the Faire. This gentleman is an amateur radio enthusiast (I guess it’s still called ham radio) headed to his group’s booth.

Maker Faire NoVA - Johnson Center

I also made a few 360° images at the Faire. This is in one of the larger halls at the Johnson Center. More 360° are in the Flickr album.

Picture Post #15

Over the past couple of years I’ve been playing with making 360° immersive images (what Google calls photo spheres and similar to their Street View) at interesting locations, and also trying to craft an easy workflow I can teach to others. It’s all still a work in progress but I thought I’d share a few of them in these semi-regular photo posts.

These were taken using the Google Street View app and directions for doing that are here. More to come, both images and tutorials.

Independence Square in Philadelphia. You’ll see a few broken lines but overall not a bad image.


Smithsonian Museum of American History. On a beautiful winter morning. As with all photography, light matters. Good light makes for good photo spheres.


On the Great Wall of China. The first photo sphere I ever published on Google Maps (after many deleted attempts). Although it includes several partial bodies (why can’t those tourists just stand still while I work? :-), the scenery is still magnificent.