Friday, May 27, 2011

Panomeeting: Olympus Office in Malaysia

Being a Panouser means you have a passion. This passion involves photography but with that we have traveling, geography, a brand. This is the case of Ronnie Oh, one of our main users in Malaysia. This last Wednesday, Ronnie participated in a meeting of Olympus camera users and I want to thank him for sharing the experience with me and the Panoramio community in his own words:

On 25th May, a Wednesday evening, a group of photography enthusiasts got together for an informal session spear headed by David Chua, an Olympus Malaysia brand ambassador. Olympus Malaysia office hosted the venue and it came with some light refreshments to go with the session.

In spite of the rush hour on a normal working day in Kuala Lumpur, everyone arrived on time and we kicked off the session almost immediately.

There were 13 of us and the group size was just perfect. The attendees were mainly Olympus’ Micro Four Thirds lens users. It is obvious that photography has become a passion for this group of people as I see many familiar faces of another get-together and I am honored to be one of them.

David Chua started the session by sharing his knowledge and going in-depth on two softwares for editing raw photo files. It was a fun session where examples were shown on how to play with colors and the wonders of making up the photos look really really good. Smoothening out lines on a person’s face, lightening tones on the skin and creating a more vibrant looking background!! Voila….the image looked truly amazing!!! They were really simple and easy steps to follow.

After an almost 1.5 hours with David Chua, it was time for me to share my presentation. I started off with a brief intro on Google Earth, Panoramio and GeoSetter. I went on to explain how I did my first tagging. A lot of them were impressed by the many steps I had to do before arriving at the final output. But that did not stop me from continuing and in fact I got more motivated when my photos were viewed over and over again. I was proud to show my personal page on Panoramio and it had over 18,000 views!!

For me, I do this because I love traveling with my wife and I want to share my memories in the form of an image. As the saying goes…”a picture paints a thousand words”. I also like being credited for the photo I post because it gives me a sense of ownership.

An interesting question came from a diver and he asked about tagging ocean photos which I told him it is in the pipeline.

Being first timers, it was truly an eye opener for the group to hear about Panoramio and I was privileged enough to be the one to share this information with them.

Before we depart, we took a group photo and I am pleased to share the photo with you. Yes, I made all of them hold the Panoramio sign. I’m the one not holding it .

Ronnie Oh

Posted by Gerard Sanz, Panoramio Community Manager

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Panomeeting: Holland - Bourtange

On Saturday May the 21st, members of the Panoramio Community decided to meet in Bourtagne - Holland to spend a day together. It all went very well and this is how they have described the event in their own words:

In the week prior to our meeting there was a lot of rain and the forecast wasn’t that good initially. But when the week progressed the weather forecast improved, promises as the day of the meeting would be the best day of the week where made.
So Saturday morning I woke up and opened the curtains and there it was… a clear blue sky.
After leaving for Bourtange together with Bert Lanting and Mika Huising we met our fellow organiser Tjeert Mensinga at about 10 o’clock. Gradually the participants arrived from all over Holland and 1 from Belgium. After all 23 participants had arrived, we all went for coffee and cake. During this everyone was chatting with each other, renewing contacts and learning to know the first time participants in real life. In the meantime Tjeert explained to the group on how the day was planned and invited everyone for a group picture. After finishing the group picture, everyone took of in groups to explore Bourtange. During the day we ran into each other and chatted on about Panoramio, photography or just everyday business. Having had talks about subjects, personal and photographic stuff, the barbecue was set on fire. While enjoying a good meal with plenty of refreshing drinks a great, warm, day came to an end.

As the organising team there’s nothing left, then a very satisfied feeling over a great day, with great and entertaining company.
We’d like to thank every participant for the contribution to make this day as successful as it was. We would also like to thank Panoramio for creating a platform for sharing pictures, thoughts and bringing people together

Tjeert, Bert, Mika and Nico

Remember that you can organize you own Panomeetings or join existing ones announced in our Panoramio Events Calendar

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Winners of Panoramio Contest of March 2011

I am very excited to announce the result of the Panoramio Geotagged Photo Contest with the new and revamped voting system. Thanks to your criteria and to the new voting system we have identified amazing photos while participation have increased in the voting process. Congratulations to each of you for your contribution, and to the winners for their cool photos.

The First Prize of Scenery category is for a photo taken by WisoNet in Spain.
Scenery First prize

The First Prize of Heritage category is for a photo taken by kurt Oblak in Germany.
Heritage First prize

The First Prize of Travel category is for a photo taken by Sasha V. in the US.
Travel First prize

The First Prize of Unusual Location category is for a photo taken by Lutz Mager in Norway
Unusual Location First prize

The Panoramio Geotagged Contest rewards each month 28 photos uploaded and selected by the Panoramio Community. This winners will receive a Casio Hybrid-GPS Digital Camera EX-H20G sponsored by Casio.

I would like to encourage you all to visit the full list of winners in the results page for March 2011 as there are really amazing photos. Feel free to leave a message to the photographers to recognize their work.

Posted by Gerard Sanz, Panoramio Community Manager

Google Photos Salutes National Travel & Tourism Week

(Cross-posted from the Google Photos blog)

Traveling is one of the most exciting things you can do, so a camera is a must-have on your packing list. Part of the fun of capturing your trip is to share it with others and relive the experience yourself years later. So in honor of U.S. National Travel & Tourism week, we’d like to invite everyone to visit Panoramio and take a virtual trip to Las Vegas, Zurich, or Hawaii; upload your latest trip to Picasa Web Albums; or edit with Picnik to highlight just how magnificent that blue sky was, and share with your friends and family.

We hope you enjoy some of the Photos team’s favorite photos from our travels. To create your own photo collage with Picasa, follow these steps.

So whether you’re about to leave on a trip, just returned or inspired by Travel & Tourism week to set out on an adventure, don’t forget your camera. Whether you’re off to some exotic destination or even your hometown, remember to share with the world the photos you’ve taken. Happy travels!

Posted by Brian Rose, Community Manager