'Flat' 360 Degree
Panoramas - Update 3
I think that I've now
managed to settle on a new format for the 360 degree aerial panoramas.
I've altered all of the 2023 and 2022 ones to this now and I'm working
on the 2021 offerings, but it will take me a little while to complete that
project as I'm finding that I need to completely re-compile some of the
panoramas. Only the separate '360 Panoramas' sections have been altered
for previous years, the 'Month' index pages remain as they were originally
Clicking on the large
'flat' 360 picture will link directly to the interactive version, use your
browser 'back' button to return to the normal website. Some devices may
open a new browser tab. Any comments or feedback to: XXXfeedback@island-images.co.ukXXX
(remove the XXXs!). Apart from appearing on the 'Month' index pages,
these 360 panoramas also have their own section on the website, click on
the image below to find the index page for them. When I've finished
re-editing all of the index pages for them I'll revise the main website
index page to include a direct navigation button to them.
Welcome to 2023 on Island
Yesterday was in general
rather dull with a lot of rain, but in the afternoon I headed to the west
coast in the hope of a little more brightness before the sun set.
In fact it didn't really brighten up at all, but the rain held off for
a while enabling me to take these aerial pictures.
DJI Air 2S 1/1/23
In contrast to the rather
dull and damp conditions on New Year's Day, yesterday's conditions were
almost perfect for drone flying, with bright sunshine and very light winds.
After producing and uploading the Niarbyl pictures to the website there
wasn't too much left of the morning, so I set off to Groudle Beach and
headland, as they are fairly close to where I live and I wouldn't waste
too much time travelling.
DJI Mini 2 2/1/23
After the Groudle
flights I had another nearby location in mind and after a slight delay
en-route to help free a young sheep who had managed to get its head stuck
in a wire fence, arrived at St Adamnan's, Lonan Old Church. The church
was probably originally constructed as a Keel around the 5th Century AD,
and subsequently enlarged into a proper church around 1200. Replaced
in 1834 by the new church, it initially fell into disrepair but was rescued
from ruin in the late 1800s or early 1900s. Only the older (eastern)
section of the church was restored, the later extension just being left
as standing walls with no roof.
DJI Mini 2 2/1/23
On Monday afternoon
we did one of our regular visits to the Wildlife Park, no pictures from
there as the light wasn't that great, but afterwards we went onwards to
Peel for a stroll around as night fell. All of the second row pictures
were taken using the 'Handheld Night Shot' feature of the FZ82.
Panasonic FZ82 2/1/23
I took this picture
from my window yesterday morning, around an hour after nominal sunrise.
It's looking south past Douglas Head in the direction of north Wales, although
no sign of the Snowdonia mountains. I just liked the varied pastel
colours in the sky.
Panasonic TZ200 7/1/23
After lunch I travelled
out to the west coast for a stroll along Whitestrand Beach, north of Peel.
Looking at the Island
Images Locations Index I see that I hadn't taken any pictures here
since February 2021, which was most likely my last visit.
Panasonic FZ82 7/1/23
After a night of
heavy rain that continued through the morning, I set off in the early afternoon
yesterday to have a look at a few of our waterfalls.
Nikon D7100 10/1/23
I took these pictures
in Laxey yesterday afternoon. It was fairly late on and the light
levels were rather poor as it was cloudy, so a lot of rather long exposures
(and one HDR from 5 shots), but the image stabilizer on the camera does
a good job and I used various walls to rest the camera on when available!
Panasonic TZ200 12/2/23
I took advantage
yesterday morning of a lull in the strong to gale force winds that seem
to have been with us since the start of the year, conducting a couple of
drone flights around the Douglas Head area on a bright and sunny morning.
By lunch time the winds were back again!
DJI Air 2S 14/1/23
we had a fairly short visit to the Wildlife Park, arriving just an hour
before closing time. It was however around feeding time for many
of the animals so there was quite a bit of action!
Panasonic FZ82 15/1/23
On the way home from
the Wildlife Park, we routed via Ballaugh and the Druidale Road and had
a stop between Ballaugh and Tholt-y-Will plantations for a short drone
flight for some aerial pictures. It was after sunset which muted
the colours somewhat, but the DJI drones seem to cope well in low light.
DJI AIr 2S 15/1/23
I'm using a new method
to link to the interactive 360 panoramas, just click on the larger 360
image to get the interactive version and use your browser 'back' button
to return. If you have any comments or observations please use the
email address above or the Island Images Facebook page.
A little trip out yesterday
afternoon for some aerial photography, with the planned location changed
twice due to snow showers passing through. At the final location,
Ballafayle in Maughold parish, I managed a fairly short flight before the
next snow shower arrived.
DJI Air 2S 16/1/23
In contrast to the green
fields of yesterday, I awoke this morning to find everything covered with
a white blanket of snow. My first attempt to capture the scene from
the air was thwarted as it started to snow again as soon as I'd walked
up to my flying site, but it cleared up in about an hour and I was more
successful on the second attempt. The main purpose was to shoot the
360 degree panoramas but I took some general pictures as well.
DJI Air 2S 17/1/23
Most of the snow has
now gone and yesterday we paid a visit to the Sound
Cafe where we had a lovely lunch, with the great views across the Sound
to the Calf of Man. After our lunch I did a couple of flights for
some aerial pictures of the area, although the last two conventional ones
were taken from ground level. I shot a couple of linear panoramas
and also three 360 degree interactive ones, which as usual appear after
the main pictures.
DJI Mini 2 & Panasonic
On Friday afternoon
we actually saw three sunsets! We had already seen the sun dip below
the Calf of Man while we were still at The Sound, but on the trip home
called in at Port Erin where it was still just above the sea horizon.
After that we drove via The Sloc, and on the way up I saw it setting again
in the rear view mirror so stopped for the final three pictures, taken
at around 1,000 ft above sea level.
Panasonic FZ82 20/1/23
On saturday the weather
here was generally overcast although with clear skies visible to the south
and east. Visibility was excellent with the Welsh mountains of Snowdonia
showing up clearly on the horizon to the south. Unusually, the good visibility
lasted all day, so I was able to get both morning and afternoon pictures.
Panasonic TZ200 &
Nikon 7100 21/1/23
Ballamish Tholtan -
the lazy way!
Ballamish is located
on the slopes of Slieau Managh, above Sulby Glen, an interesting tholtan
to visit, but not the easiest to get to. You can climb up from the
valley, which was they way the farmers would have done it, but it's around
600 ft up from river level, which also needs to be crossed at some point
from the road. I've used two routes on my previous visits (2017
the first was out of Sulby Glen, steep and rough walking, but for the second
I started from Mountain Box and across the top of Slieau Managh. Yesterday
afternoon I thought that I'd try an easier way to get some pictures by
flying a drone up the slopes from alongside the Sulby River. The
weather wasn't that promising, with cloud down to around 1,000 ft above
sea level around the Bungalow, but improved somewhat as I dropped down
into the glen via Tholt-y-Will. I managed around twenty minutes flying
before the weather started closing in again, curtailing any more flying
in that area.
DJI Air 2S 24/1/23
When I'd had to curtail
my flight in Sulby Glen due to low cloud and potential rain I thought that
would be the end of my flying on Tuesday. However, driving north
I was away from the cloud and into sunshine within ten minutes, that's
Isle of Man weather for you! My original planned route along the
coast road north of Jurby wasn't possible as it's closed for works, so
I ended up heading in the direction of Andreas and decided to stop and
carry out another flight where the road crosses the Lhen Trench, a very
shallow valley of glacial origins. Mainly farmland there but the
light looked superb.
DJI Air 2S 24/1/23
The final flying location
for Tuesday was along the Sulby River by the Whitebridge, Ramsey.
DJI Air 2S 24/1/23
As the weather was calm
and sunny yesterday, I set off after lunch for a walk, choosing the west
coast south of Niarbyl for a walk past Eary Cushlin and along the the remote
keeil site at Lag ny Keeilley. Rather stupidly I left the camera
behind at home, but I'd packed the mini drone so all pictures are with
DJI Mini 2 26/1/23
I only came across these
pictures today (30/1/23) that I took using my phone on the walk back from
Lag ny Keeiley
Samsung Galaxy A71 26/1/23
I took these pictures
yesterday afternoon on a walk through Glen Helen. It was a very windy
day but the glen offered a lot of protection with only light breezes amongst
the trees. I hadn't visited for a couple of years and discovered
quite a few tracks and paths that I didn't even know existed, together
with a tholtan in Eary Beg Plantation that I'd seen pictures of but never
visited. Glen Helen was developed for tourism in the 1860 by a consortium
of Manx Businessmen, with tree plantings, pathways constructed and bridges
across the rivers. Quite a few of the bridges have disappeared over
the years but it's still a pretty place.
Panasonic FZ82 29/1/23
A couple of phone pictures
taken on my drive home from Glen Helen.
Samsung Galaxy A71 29/1/23