I am oddly fascinated by 360 degree photos and video. Things like Google Street View, that let you see buildings and landmarks and streets in 360 degrees, as though you were standing there at the time and place the photo was taken.
A few months back I bought a Ricoh Theta S 360-degree camera and have used it to take photos at some local Vermont landmarks that Google Street View cars couldn’t get to, but yesterday was the first time I used it for a lengthy video. My wife Carole is a part-time member of the Richmond (Vermont) Community Band, and yesterday the band played in the annual 4th of July parade from the bed of a haywagon pulled by a large tractor. How could I miss the chance to take a band’s-eye-view video of the parade?
I walked alongside the haywagon — sometimes on one side, sometimes on another, sometimes ahead, sometimes behind — filming the parade with the Theta S camera. If I do say so myself, it came out pretty well. See for yourself, above. Click and drag with your mouse to pivot the point of view of the video in any direction — including up and down. The video goes up to 1080S HD if you have the bandwidth for it.