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Discussion in 'Photography Forums' started by shardsta, Jul 14, 2005.

  1. shardsta

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    Just downloaded this its free!

    Lets you zoom into anywhere on the planet

    They are pictures of a sort :)

    Great fun showing the family the back garden you use to play in as a nippa!

    Post your thoughts

    http://earth.google.com/
     
  2. RobertP

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    The 'map' for my area shows no more detail than free photos on map web sites.

    The 3D thing seems a bit daft as you can only change your view of a 2d picture!

    Maybe some US places have 3D pictures.

    Zooming and navigation is entertaining. I installed it on a rarely used old PC just in case. XP said it had no security certificates or something.

    It downloads pictures as you navigate. It was not that fast on 2MB ntl.

    Novelty value but I doubt I'll use it again.
     
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    I think it's great. Very intuitive to use and the emailing of placemarks to other people is handy.
     
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    Google Earth is amazing! i've now spent two or three late nights on holiday while sitting at my pc. i've flown round mount fuji, the taj mahal, new york, scottish highlands, swiss alps...the list as you can tell is endless. the terrain setting is astonishing when you're up close to an area that is in high detail.
    only problem just now is that not enough places are in high detail. in a couple of years time this program will blow you away.
     
  5. owain_thomas

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    the 3d thing comes into its own in big US cities (I'd expect this to grow with time though). Try turning the buildings option on while looking at new york, then use the "tilt" function, you've got to be impressed by that!

    As far as the downloading thing goes, once you've looked at somewhere it keeps the data in your disk cache, next time you go there it's full detail straight away.

    I was impressed any way!
     
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    It's great fun looking at the big American cities, I just hope they get round to doing the images for my area. Does anyone know when these photos were taken for the places that do have them ?
     
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    I know the manchester ones were about 9-12 months ago, there is a big building at the end of deansgate which you can only see the footings for but which is now about halfway done at 20 stories.

    I wouldn't be surprised if the photos are from various times over the last few years.
     
  8. Kevo

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    The Manchester one is more like 2 years ago, (early 2003) because you can clearly see the near completion of the roof on the City of Manchester Stadium.
    This was added after the Commonwealth games of 2002 and finished before the start of the 2003/4 football season in which Man City started their first season there.
     
  9. owain_thomas

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    I'll bow to your clearly superior knowledge of second-rate football teams' stadia! ;)

    Only kidding, just had a look and that (2 years) seems more like it. didn't realise the Beetham tower was being built back then, or maybe I've mistaken something else for the footings?
     
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    I live right next to your team's eyesore of a stadium :)

    Manchester's changed so much in recent years.

    If they were to take an aerial/sat photo of the city now it would just consist of large cranes, apartment blocks and Starbucks cafes !
     
  11. owain_thomas

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    where abouts?

    too right, if you park your car in manchester for more than an hour its being developed into "luxury apartments" by the time you get back!
     
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    Try to download, too bad Google Earth downloads temporarily delayed.
     
  13. electrolyte

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    Google Earth is really cool. Love the 3-D views of the US cities eg New York, Las Vegas etc.

    Is a bit strange though that where I live, Sheffield (population 1 million), isn't included ( :thumbsdow ) but where I went on holiday this year, Puerto Pollensa in Mallorca (population 20K) is! I could make out the apartment where I stayed there. Google Earth would be perfect if more of the UK was included I think. As it is it is still very good especially as it's free...
     
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    I love this programme, i have told loads of people about it!

    Its amazing hovering over your old house or workplace

    Go to the Grand Canyon its incredible U can fly through in 3 D

    very addictive and a great educational tool as well
     
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    I know what you mean mate, I'm amazed my home town of Mansfield Woodhouse isn't on there :D
     
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    I must try the grand canyon, sounds cool. It is a great educational tool - I've already taught my 4 year old loads about geography using it. Teachers must love it!
     
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    I know - you'd have thought this would have been the 1st place Google would have thought of! :D
     
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    Check out San Francisco, there's a plane taking off from the airport there !
     
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    Funnily enough there is a whole group of people that are dedicated to finding in-flight planes !

    This website is good for looking for things. use 'search' box in top-right.

    http://bbs.keyhole.com/entrance.php?Cat=0
     
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    I know everyone probably knows this.........but you do know that a real handy function is in the 'layers' section to the left, turn on the 'keyhole community BBS'. It is great as it means you can see things that people have already labelled up .

    Like in Rome, turn on the layer and you can see all the major landmarks named. Trevi, pantheon etc


    fantastic :thumbsup:
     
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    A bit disappointing where there's clouds obscuring certain views. Have a look at Montreal and you will see that there's part of the city that isn't visible :confused:
     
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    am at work so cant lok at it now....looks brilliant tho, wonder if itd got aberystwyth on it
     
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    Nice :thumbsup:
    Thanks,

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    I've spotted 3 planes coming in to land at Boston airport so far.
    It looks like The Whitehouse has been deliberately pixelated !
     
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    Yeah that other program by Nasa (World Wind) did the same.

    I can't decide whether its because they don't want us to see the rocket launchers, or the roof-top swimming pool and hot tubs

    :thumbsup:
     
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    This takes plane spotting to new heights (literally!)
     
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    Spent hours looking at this. Check out the boarder between North and South Korea. pretty crystal on the Northern side with no detail on the southern side.....The aircraft boneyard near Tuson Arizona is pretty cool, hundreds of aircraft there. The detail in some of the cities is fantastic, clearly make out parking spaces etc. Great for checking out old holiday destinations of historical sites etc
     
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    When you look at something like this it makes you realise just how poor London is for roads. Look at just about every other major City in the World and they have massive through roads so that you can get across the City, proper interchanges and excellent roads coming off the major roads to serve the City.
     
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    I stumbled across GE three weeks ago when I was bored one afternoon and was flicking through Sky and on CNN was an interview with some guy who was talking about what they intended to do with it and how good it would be in a couple of years time.

    He said they wanted it to be good enough so you could see people and shop names anywhere in the world so that if you entered a google search for a place near you it would show you where to go from your house to the place.
     
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    Downloaded google earth at the weekend and its just so addictive! If you look at the pentagon you can see that when the picture was taken they were still rebuilding one side of it (after the plane crashed into it) - there is lots of rubble and a crane. As someone mentioned earlier I guess all the photos would have been taken over the course of a couple of years - because there are barely any clouds anywhere! Its one amazing program, but I hope they add more and more to it. Eventually, when we get 24mb broadband and more satellites, it'll all be in real-time, and you'll be able to watch people walking past your house while you're at work (all in high res of course!)
     

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