Travel Nevada’s mountains and deserts and you’ll find plenty to explore — ghost towns, old mining communities, places to hike or rock climb or sightsee. (At left, Fly Geyser in northern Nevada.)
University of Nevada, Reno journalism professor Howard Goldbaum showcases those Nevada treasures and more through interactive photos that give the viewer the experience of standing in the middle of the scene and turning in a 360-degree circle. Pictures of everything from the Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas to the ghost town of Berlin to the Fly Geyser geothermal site can be seen on Goldbaum’s website, www.AllAroundNevada.com. Many of the photos have “hot spots” — sections in the photo that the viewer can click on to go deeper into the scene.
“When I first came to Nevada, I consulted with longtime Nevadans, hikers and travelers in the outback, and historians who helped in the selection of sites,” Goldbaum said in an email interview.
More than 100 photos are on the AllAroundNevada site; Goldbaum said he began creating the images in 2003.
He uses digital cameras to take pictures of a site, which are then stitched together with PTGui software. Photoshop is used at different stages in the process, and the completed image then is put into an animated and navigable format (Flash and HTML5) with Pano2VR software.
Goldbaum, who was displaying the photos Aug. 21 at the rededication of the Reynolds School of Journalism and Center for Advanced Media Studies, said students learn the technique in three of his classes: photojournalism, interactive media and narrative journalism. Some of his students’ work can be seen on the websites www.AllAroundReno.com and www.NevadaBasque.com.
The journalism school was rededicated after a $7.9 million renovation to enhance the school’s multimedia, broadcast and digital technology capabilities.