I like the way you have planned and photographed the tour, and the way you have designed and used the hotspots, and the way you have mixed stills with the panos in the tour.
You hit an essential point, Andrew! I think important is a kind of "functional aesthetic" - which means a good functionality presented in an aesthetical way.
We discussed that point over and over here at 360impressions.de - itÂ´s clearly a matter of taste - and we are still debating:
how sophisticated do we HAVE TO be and how sophisticated to be is profitable? And after all: what visual and functional quality can we afford to be identified with and present to a client.
So let me say a few critical words regarding this actual case as an example:
A pano should be handled - in my eyeslike a "classical" photography from some point of view.
Would you EVER accept a "classical" photography of an interior where lots of red dots are placed on walls, windows and doors?
Would you EVER accept an interior photography where looking to the outside is so heavy overexposed?
Sorry, 360bali: iÂ´m not aiming your work in special.
What is panorama-photography all about: just information/lots to see? Here it is definitely superior to "usual" photography.
But ist that enough?
What about style, sensitivity, aesthetics, design, visual consequence - the "classic" photography thing?
Negotiating with clients i often hear:"well, we tried having interactive panorama photography several times - but the results were of such a bad visual aesthetics that we decided better let good photographers take "usual" but sensitive and perfectly styled photos . . . . and leave interactive panorama photography to the "cheapos" . . . . "
ThatÂ´s a sense you can find everywhere at serios clients. We sometimes have a hard time to convince them that there are ways to do the job in a way "usual" high-quality photographers do - and that this kind of professional work canÂ´t be done inexpensively of course.
IÂ´m a "classical" advertising photographer. IÂ´m used to high standards an also used to sophisticated production methods.
Shooting interactive panoramas often seem to be handled in a "hit and run" kind of shooting - and thatÂ´s the way the results look afterwards.
Just my 2 cents about that whole thing panorama photography . . .