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IVRPA at Photokina 2008

The International Virtual Reality Photography Association is an association of more than 400 panoramic photographers world-wide.

At this year's Photokina, the IVRPA presents a breathtaking exhibition of panorama photography in different forms; from panoramic prints and high resolution gigapixel panoramas to interactive 360 degree panoramas. The IVRPA organises workshops covering different topics of panoramic photography at the IVRPA booth, each day at 13:00 and 15:00.

During the show, IVRPA members will be shooting and uploading interactive 360 degree panoramas from all over the Photokina floor. These images are shown below, and more are added as the show unfolds.

Photokina 2008 panoblog

Click on the thumbnails for the interactive panoramas, or click on the title for (slightly) more information. You can also browse the VR photos by day, by location and by photographer. Finally, if you need help, or wonder how we do it, read this page.

Relaxing after Photokina

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After a busy day at the Photokina have a break, nice food n beer in the old center of Köln i had to use my new carbon tripod. Couldn´d resist...

Parking lot

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Not that spectacular but very important: the VIP parking lot.
Acces through the elevetor in hall 10.

Hallway

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The central hallway that connects some halls.

Jan and his brother

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Jan brought his brother along :-))
Test of a 5D - amazing the amount of Dead Pixel at ISO 1000 - may be the cam was not OK ?

Inside the IVRPA booth 1

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All members in action.
I tested a Sigma 8 on a Canon 5D.

IVRPA Booth 2

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The booth again ....

IVRPA booth 1

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The IVRPA booth.
View from the neighbour booth.

Playmate

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The neighbour booth was nearly empty all the time. But when the "Playmate Photo-Session" started- it was crowded. Two models where photographed by the photographer and the audience :-)

This image was taken with 8 shots around in a belly pouch- the photographer did a nice time-lapse. Easy to correct- but nice to see.

Eaglyfly 2

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Nice timelaps:
the bird is approaching, on the falconers hand and also departing.
That happens when you take images continously.

Eaglefly 1

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The demonstration of an eagly-fly.
The bird did a nice time lapse - though it was hard to get one.
Since it was "blind" shooting i was surprised to get one at all.
They were unvisible on the camera screen.
One on the falconers hand and the same bird approaching.

Eyry

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The eyry outside.
The birds are still sitting and awaiting the show.

Sony City scene

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Sony's Photokina booth was not alone outstanding because of presenting the new Alpha 900 DSLR alone. I loved the scenes in between the different sections, presenting lots of motives for creative imaging.

In stereo, where available

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A small number of large format anaglyph stereographic prints were on display as part of the Visual Gallery. There's no two ways round this; people look weird with those glasses on...

Checking out the newest model

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Sony had the 24 megapixel full frame Alpha 900 on display. It looks like quite a camera, and it attracted quite a crowd.

Getting noticed at Slik

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I use a 15 year old tripod manufactured by Slik. I though I'ld drop by and proudly show them my slightly worn, slightly modified tripod. Oddly, they found my shaved Tokina 10-17mm much more interesting, and insisted on taking a picture of it.

Trying lenses at Sigma

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Sigma had a huge booth, though most of it was a closed-off business lounge. They did give photographers the opportunity to try out most of their lenses. I managed to 'steal' a pen here...

Photobuch XXL

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Like Hans said before, one of the biggest growing markets currently seems to be photobooks. There were lots of photobooks at Photokina, but this one was without a doubt the biggest one.

Photobuch XXL was a sponsorproject for the 'Wir helfen' association, which supports local charities and projects in Cologne.

Lomo welcomes Flickr

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The hard-to-miss LOMO lounge in one of the hallways was the home of the Flickr presence at Photokina on saturday. Unfortunately I was just too late for the final presentation of the day, but at least that meant I could get one of the nice Flickr-themed chocolate muffins. For the record: I only took a blue one, only half the logo...

Fuji SuperCCD legacy

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My first DSLR was a Fuji S2 Pro, which I used at Photokina 2006. Last year, I bought a Fuji S5 Pro, that I am still happy with. My new Nikon D700 lets me use the Tokina 10-17mm which is that much sharper than the Sigma 8mm, but I still love the dynamic range the S5 Pro is giving me.

Fuji had a nice overview of the SuperCCD evolution at their booth, and presented the SuperCCD EXR chip design, but unfortunately there was no news about any new DSLRs from Fuji at Photokina. Many think this means the end of the DSLR legacy. Sigh...

Don't look into the light

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Broncolor had some pretty big reflectors and softboxes on its booth. Up close and personal, that makes quite a lot of light.