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Spherical panoramic image shows drone’s eye view of downtown Austin

Pam LeBlanc
pleblanc@statesman.com

In case you’ve never hovered high over the intersection of Sixth and Guadalupe streets, Robert Youens can help.

Just click on this link to see a spherical panorama image taken by the Austin-based licensed commercial drone pilot and owner of Camera Wings Aerial Photography.

It’s pretty close to what I’d have seen, if I’d been brave e

nough to turn around and actually look when I rappelled down the W Austin Hotel a few weeks ago.

Youens flew his drone downtown to capture the image, which is actually a collection of 34 photographs stitched together.

The company makes the images to help architects designing buildings. With a spherical panorama, they can see what a building looks like from different altitudes. Architectural animators can also build virtual reality views of huge skyscrapers using the same type of technology.