We took the trail to the Three Sisters where you can stand right at the base of the first rock (closest to the cliffs). As soon as I was coming down the stairs, I knew this was the place I wanted to do a 360 where you could get a real sense of the view on all sides. You can see the blue haze cast on the distant mountains - which is how the Blue Mountains got their name.
The shooting for this photo was particularly challenging because of the huge variance in lighting with the sun shining on one side, and darker shadow areas on the stairs. Instead of the usual 8 photos (6 around, one up, and one down), I took 24 photos. Each of the usual 8 with exposure bracketing at 1.5 stops. This allowed me to use HDR processing and tone mapping to get a better range of exposures to meld into one cohesive panorama. This photo is more like what your eyes would see as a result - adapting for the bright and dark areas.
There are no kangaroos in Austria. We're talking about Australia, the world's smallest continent. That being cleared up, let's dive right in! Australia is a sovereign state under the Commonwealth of Nations, which is in turn overseen by Queen Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen of Australia and Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth. The continent was first sighted and charted by the Dutch in 1606. Captain James Cook of Britain came along in the next century to claim it for Britain and name it "New South Wales." Shortly thereafter it was declared to be a penal colony full of nothing but criminals and convicts, giving it the crap reputation you may have heard at your last cocktail party. This rumor ignores 40,000 years of pre-European human history, especially the Aboriginal concept of Dreamtime, an interesting explanation of physical and spiritual reality. The two biggest cities in Australia are Sydney and Melbourne. Sydney is more for business, Melbourne for arts. But that's painting in very broad strokes. Take a whirl around the panoramas to see for yourself! Text by Steve Smith.