...About Jook Leung - 360VR Photographer
Jook Leung in Times Square Jook Leung is internationally recognized as an innovator in spherical panoramic photography. He specializes in creating unique and exceptional 360 degree panoramas. A mini portfolio of his artistry with spherical panoramas can be seen on the Adobe Photographers Web site.

Among his peers, he was recently recognized with his Third consecutive Fujifilm Masterpiece Award (October 2005) and with the Best of Show Award in Panoramic Image Excellence from the International Association of Panoramic Photographers.

Jook has added 2006 to his ongoing "Times Square New Year's Eve at Midnight." A 360VR project that relives the moment and can be seen at 360vr.com/TimesSquare.
Jook Leung in Times Square - Photo by Steve Delroy
Described as "stunning" by Rob Galbraith, Jook's most recent 2006 Times Square panorama:
His "New Year celebration in Times Square 2005" panorama was chosen for Best of Show distinction from among his peers from over 200 international entries at the International Association of Panoramic Photographers' Convention and Print Exhibition held in Springfield, Massachusetts - (October 2005).
IAPP 2005 Best of Show award: "New Years celebration in Times Square 2005" by Jook Leung
IAPP 2005 Best of Show Award: "New Year celebration in Times Square 2005" by Jook Leung

In describing his professional expertise, Jook says “I'm quite passionate about crafting the kind of panoramic images that reveal a unique perspective while conveying a strong sense of intimacy with the subject. Here the viewer becomes fully immersed in the same moment in time the photogapher is trying to capture. This is what masterful photography is all about. New technologies like Apple Computer's QuickTime VR and Helmut Dersch's Panorama Tools have made it possible to construct, publish and view full 360° x 180° spherical images. For me, this is the ultimate panorama and is what I specialize in doing well.” www.panoramas.dk/fullscreen/fullscreen52newyork.html

For photographic excellence in the year 2002, Jook received his first Fujifilm Masterpiece Award from the IAPP for his 360 degree panorama: "Tribute In Light" in the Electronic Imaging category.
Fujifilm Masterpiece 2002 Award: "Tribute In Light" by Jook Leung
"This award represents a strong commitment by Fujifilm to recognize photographic excellence", explains D. John McCarthy, Professional Markets Specialist and Field Marketing Manager for Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. "The Masterpiece Award is the highest honor that any photographic manufacturer awards for photography without regard to the type of products used to create the image. We are proud to honor such distinguished photographers as Jook Leung".
“The use of fisheye lenses in my panoramas puts me up close and personal. I love the extreme depth of focus these lenses give me. It has become for me a natural and compulsive way of shooting, enabling me to capture the whole environment quickly before the fleeing moment is gone.”

A great example is his breathtaking and intimate but yet wide field roof top view of Times Square from atop #1 Times Square where the New Year Ball is dropped: 360vr.com/TimesSquareOne
Jook Leung with 8mm Fisheye lens
Jook Leung with one of his fisheye lenses - Photo by Ted Thomas
In his personal self-assignment work, Jook has been practicing "Guerrilla VR" for several years now. He uses his body as a mono-pod and trains his eye to rotate the lens around one point in space. This allows Jook to shoot freely without the encumbrances of a tripod. This essential technique allows Jook to pursue defining moments in a scene much as a photo-journalist would, and also capture it as a whole environment image. Assembling the panoramas is another learned skill that is a mixture of software tools and photo-illustration techniques gained from being an accomplished professional photographer.
Brazil Day NYC 2004
Guerrilla VR: "Brazil Day in NYC" by Jook Leung
Jook has a talent for capturing exceptional photo-journalistic style 360 VR panoramas. Being aware of 360 degrees is something like training another pair of critical eyes to see and sense unfolding moments in all directions. Visit and revisit the Freedom Towers Ground Breaking Ceremonies at Ground Zero in NYC on July 4, 2004 and explore it interactively through 360VR Images.
Freedom Towers cornerstone ceremonies from July 4, 2004
Photo-journalistic 360 VR: "Freedom Towers Ground Breaking Ceremonies" by Jook Leung
This is one of Jook's first 360 degree panoramas taken in Times Square in 1997 and was used in a Mercedes-Benz Tri-fold Ad. Jook's stylistic 360 VR images are visually vivid and uniquely conceptual. His strong sense of composition, color and lighting is the hallmark of his best 360 VR panoramas.
Times Square Broadway Dancer - Photographer
Times Square street corner panorama (1997): "Photographer shooting a Broadway dancer" by Jook Leung
Jook's experience spans 25 years as a commercial photographer with a background in photo-illustration and digital imaging. His advertising and editorial photography can be seen at: JookLeung.com. This combination of talents gives him the ability to produce exceptional Virtual Reality panoramas and tours for his clients. For the past 9 years Jook has specialized in making Photographic Virtual Reality 360 degree panoramas his playground for creative and visually innovative images.

Jook is an active member in these professional associations: IAPP - International Association of Panoramic Photographers and IVRPA - International Virtual Reality Photography Association.

He is a Qualified Panoramic Photographer (QPP) as certified by IAPP and has given presentations and workshops about his work at IVRPA/VR Summits and IAPP Conventions. He has also written articles for Panorama Magazine. In January 2005 his panoramas were featured in an interview on abc's News Now.

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