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Pervocelinnikov Square (Kostanay, Kazakhstan) by Andrew Bodrov.


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G. Donald Bain
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Bain Digital Graphics
517 Vista Heights Road
El Cerrito
United States

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Involvement in the VR industry
Specialities in the VR field

I have always used photographs of landscapes in teaching geography and environmental sciences. This led me to create The Geo-Images Project in 1991, one of the earliest web sites (1994), and perhaps the first site to feature color photography.

When I first saw Apple's QTVR, I recognized it as a huge advance in portraying landscapes. I built a special camera mount and started making VR panoramas in 1995, eventually presenting them on my website: Don Bain's Virtual Guidebooks. My goal is to portray the landscapes of western North America, in pursuit of which I have travelled from the tip of Baja California in Mexico to the Arctic Ocean in Canada and Alaska, creating over 9000 panoramas.

I served on the IVRPA (IQTVRA) board from 2004 to 2007 and again beginning in 2009 and also Vice President. My goal is for the IVRPA to become the unifying organization for VR producers and a resource for everyone interested in VR photography.

In 2004 Landis Bennett and I founded the World Wide Panorama with the aim of bringing VR photography to the attention of a wider audience, and promoting a sense of community among the participants. It is now administered by the World Wide Panorama Foundation.

In June 2007 I helped organize and host the International VR Photography Conference in Berkeley, California. I was the primary organizer on behalf of the IVRPA for Tucson 2010 - The International Panoramic Photography Conference held in Tucson, Aarizona in April 2010. I am assisting in various cpacities with Palmela 2011, the upcoming panoramic photography festival in Portugal.

I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, attended the University of California at Berkeley and University College London in England. From 1986 to 2008 I was the Director of the Geography Computing Facility, University of California Berkeley, where I taught computer cartography and field studies. In July 2008 I opted for early retirement from the university so I could pursue my interests in panoramic photography full time. I live in El Cerrito, on the crest of the Berkeley Hills, with my wife Dr Nora Weldon and two cats.