Category Archives: James River

Nation’s First 360-Degree Map of an Entire River Charting Right Now on the James River

Oh, the mighty James River. It’s America’s Founding River, an RVA lifeline and our community’s anchor. And for the first time in history, the James is being captured in a 360-degrees view of all its flowing glory! Thanks to local organizations James River Association (a Rocketts Landing–based organization), and Terrain360, the entire 348-miles-long James River is currently being mapped with 3D panoramic pictures — which is a first for any river in the United States. The project traveled right along Rocketts Landing, and intrigued with their story, we had to find out more! Continue reading Nation’s First 360-Degree Map of an Entire River Charting Right Now on the James River

Terrain 360 will be first to photograph the entire James River

This summer the James River, all 340 miles of it, will be photographed Richmond-based Terrain 360 and Outside Adventure. On May 8, the boat dubbed the “Photohantas,”  floated around the James River boat landing just north of the swinging bridge at Twin Rivers Outfitters. Busy with kayaks and fishermen in canoes, the river season is already in full swing in Buchanan even on a Thursday at noon.

Using a circular camera set-up featuring 7 millimeter fisheye lenses and camera perched atop a pole, the river will be photographed and sent to Amazon Cloud to have the film put together. Continue reading Terrain 360 will be first to photograph the entire James River

Outdoors Notes: 360 Tours of the James River Coming

I got a quick taste of what it was like to be a part of a 360 tour photo project — you know, like you’d see on your favorite search website’s street mapping tool — only it was done by a local company and there were no streets. They are mapping the James River.

This summer, Richmond-based Outside Ventures, LLC and the James River Association is working on a groundbreaking project to capture the scenery of the James River in a completely new way allowing online viewers to explore the entire 340-mile length of the James River through high-resolution, 360-degree panoramic images. They said the “Tour of the James” will be the first comprehensive photo documentary of an entire river and will allow the viewer to travel from the headwaters of the James River to its mouth at the Chesapeake Bay.

Six cameras mounted on a stainless steel housing 10 feet above the water’s surface will capture panoramic photos every 30 feet from a custom-made pontoon raft floating down river (see the photos, linked at left). These high-resolution photos will then be stitched together to create a 360-degree augmented reality map of the river corridor. For examples of other 360-degree tours,

The Tour of the James was initiated as a result of Envision the James, a collaborative effort between National Geographic, the Chesapeake Conservancy and JRA. It is the hope that the Tour of the James will share the river experience with a wider audience; empowering Virginians to further explore the wild beauty of the James River. The project will include a virtual and interactive interpretation of natural, recreational and historic features in the river corridor, such as notable rapids, boat ramps and Civil War sites.