Photographer’s Profile

G. Donald Bain
G. Donald Bain
Don Bain's 360° Panoramas
El Cerrito, California

From 1986 to 2008 Don Bain was the Director of the Geography Computing Facility at the University of California Berkeley, where he taught computer cartography and similar technical subjects, plus the geography field class. In 1994 he founded The Geo-Images Project, one of the earliest web sites, to present imagery for education in geography and environmental sciences. In July 2008 he opted for early retirement in order to concentrate entirely on geographically oriented digital graphics.

He was an early adopter of QTVR (VR panoramas) and maintains his own website, Don Bain's 360° Panoramas, currently with about 9500 panoramas. His goal is to create a comprehensive collection of landscape panoramas covering western North America.

Don founded the World Wide Panorama with Landis Bennett in January 2004 and the World Wide Panorama Foundation in December 2008.

He has also been Vice President of the International VR Photography Association (IVRPA, formerly IQTVRA). He was one of the organizers and local hosts for the International VR Photography Conference held in Berkeley in 2007, and the primary organizer on behalf of the IVRPA for Tucson 2010 - The International Panoramic Photography Conference. He prepared an exhibit about his travels in Alaska entitled Panorama Borealis and curated the exhibit Masters of Contemporary Panoramic Photography for the International Panoramic Photography Festival in Palmela, Portugal in June 2011.

Don was interviewed by Michelle Bienias for the March 2005 issue of VRMag.

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wr324 | Wrinkle, March

Berkeley Country Club Golf Course

The Berkeley Country Club, El Cerrito, California

March 19, 2024, 4:53 pm PDT

wwp613 | Machines

The Giant Whirley Crane

Rosie the Riveter / World War II Home Front National Historical Park, Richmond, California, USA

23 January, 2013 11 am

wwp313 | Scale

The Vast Scale of Death Valley

Aguereberry Point in the Panamint Mountains, Death Valley National Park, California, USA

16 March 2013, 1 pm

wwp1212 | Best Of 2012

Camping on the Clifftops

Westport-Union Landing State Park, north of Fort Bragg, California, USA

November 16, 2012 9 am

wwp912 | Necessity

Four-Wheel Drive is a Necessity!

El Cerrito, California, USA

September 21, 2012 1 pm (truck) and September 4, 2012 6 pm (landscape)

wwp612 | Heritage

Hula Dancers and Street Market

Commercial Street, Nevada City, California, USA

June 16, 2012 3 pm

wwp312 | Paths

On the Seaview Trail in the Berkeley Hills

Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley, California USA

March 22, 2012 11 am

wwp2012 | Culture

Drakes Bay Oyster Farm

Drakes Estero, Point Reyes National Seashore, Marin County, California USA

December 3, 2012 1 pm

wwp2012 | Culture

A Relic of the Gold Rush of 1849

Amador City, California, USA

June 13, 2012

wwp2012 | Culture

Hippie Camper Van

Museum of Monterey, Custom House Plaza, Monterey, California, USA

May 19, 2012

wwp2012 | Culture

Rodin's Thinker

Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, San Francisco, California, USA

January 13, 2012

wwp1211 | Best Of 2011

Sunset on the Chimney Rock Trail

Point Reyes National Seashore, California, USA

February 11, 2011 5:30 pm

wwp911 | History

The Craneway Pavilion

Historic Ford Assembly Plant, Rosie the Riveter-World War II Homefront National Historic Park, Richmond, California, USA

September 23, 2011, 1 pm PDT

wwp611 | Family

A Family Effort

Point Arena Lighthouse, Mendocino County, California USA

June 27, 2011 2 pm

wwp311 | Limits

The Sacramento River at its Flood Limit

The Sacramento River from Tower Bridge, Sacramento, California, USA

March 25, 2011 10:30 am PDT

wwp2011 | International Year of Forests

Joshua Tree Forest

Lee Flat, Death Valley National Park, California, USA

11 March, 2013 1 pm

wwp2011 | International Year of Forests

California Fan Palms

Thousand Palms Oasis Preserve, near Indio, California, USA

January 5, 2013 11:30 am

wwp2011 | International Year of Forests

Doomed Oak Forests

Wildcat Canyon Regional Park, Richmond, California, USA

February 27, 2012 2 pm

wwp2011 | International Year of Forests

Camping in the Tall Trees

Gigantea Campsite, near the McKinley Grove, Sierra National Forest, California, USA

September 6, 2012 8 am

wwp2011 | International Year of Forests

Mother of the Forest

North Grove at Calaveras Big Trees State Park, near Arnold, California, USA

June 14, 2012 9 am

wwp2011 | International Year of Forests

Monterey Cypress Grove on the Cliff Edge

Near Pinnacle Point, Point Lobos State Reserve, California, USA

May 21, 2012

wwp2011 | International Year of Forests

Fall Colors in an Aspen Grove at Lake Tahoe

Taylor Creek, east of Fallen Leaf Lake, Eldorado National Forest, California, USA

October 23, 2011

wwp2011 | International Year of Forests

In a Quiet Redwood Grove

Avenue of the Giants between Stafford and Pepperwood, Humboldt Redwoods State Park, California, USA

July 15, 2011 1 pm

wwp2011 | International Year of Forests

Giant Sequoias in Deep Snow

Near the north end of the Congress Trail in Giant Forest, Sequoia National Park, California, USA

March 21, 2011 11 am

wwp2011 | International Year of Forests

Hawai'ian Tree Fern-Ohia Forest

Near Pu'u Puai on the Chain of Craters Road, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii, USA

March 11, 2011

wwp1210 | Best Of 2010

On the Haul Road North of the Arctic Circle

Near Alaska Pipeline Pump Station Four on the Dalton Highway, North Slope of the Brooks Range, Alaska, USA

September 3, 2010, 2:00 pm Alaska Time

wwp910 | Crossroads

Salmon Glacier Crossroads

Granduc Mine Road, near Hyder (Alaska) and Stewart, British Columbia, Canada

September 18, 2010, 4:40 pm

wwp610 | Forgotten Places

Redwood Highway

"The Slab" sidehill viaduct on the old Redwood Highway at Bridge Creek above the South Fork of the Eel River, Mendocino County, California, USA

June 23, 2010, 9:00 am

wwp1209 | Best Of 2009

Mark Hemleben in His Studio

Old Jerome High School, Jerome, Arizona, USA

October 5, 2009, 3:00 pm

wwp909 | Performing Arts

San Francisco Opera

War Memorial Opera House, Polk Street in the Civic Center, San Francisco, California USA

September 20, 2009, 1:25 pm

wwp609 | Time

The Sundial Bridge

Sacramento River, Redding, California, USA

June 22, 2009, 2:50 pm PST

wwp309 | Diversity

A Tiny Fish in the Desert

Crystal Spring, Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Nevada, USA

March 22, 2009, 4 pm PDT

wwp1208 | Best Of 2008

Dead for a Thousand Years

Bristlecone Pine Grove, Great Basin National Park, Nevada, USA

October 19, 2008, about 1 pm

wwp908 | Color

Where Color Made History

Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, Coloma, California, USA

September 19, 2008, 6:05 PM

wwp608 | Elevation

Waterfall Overlook

Feather Falls, near Oroville, California, USA

June 20, 2008 11am PDT

wwp308 | Beginnings

Oil Among the Vines

Vineyard Avenue in the Edison Oil Field, East of Bakersfield, California, USA

March 21, 2008, about 1 pm PDT.

wwp108 | Wrinkle Tribute


University of California, Berkeley, California, USA

December 21, 2007, 10:57 am PST

wwp1207 | Best of 2007

Autumn in the Redwoods

Montgomery Woods State Reserve, Mendocino County, California, USA

November 13, 2007, about 4 pm PST.

wwp607 | Community

Staff Appreciation Day

University of California, Berkeley, California USA

12:45 pm on June 20, 2007

wwp307 | Atmosphere

Four Million Tons of Carbon Dioxide

Morro Bay Power Plant, Morro Bay, California, USA

March 23, 2007, 11:50 am PDT

wwp1206 | Best of 2006

Saturday on the Seawall

Brockton Point in Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC, Canada

August 12, 2006 14:56 PDT

wwp906 | Transportation

Field Trip!

Butte Creek, Lassen National Forest, California, USA

September 24, 2006

wwp606 | Gardens

Capistrano Roses

The Berkeley Rose Garden, Berkeley, California, USA

June 20, 2006, 1 pm

wwp306 | Borders

Building the Border Fence

Mexico-U.S. Border, east of San Luis Colorado, Sonora, Mexico

March 20, 2006 12:32 pm MST

wwp1205 | Best of 2005

Canoe Rental at Moraine Lake

Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

10:30 am, August 5, 2005

wwp905 | Energy

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Berkeley, California, USA

September 25, 2005 4 pm

wwp605 | Water

Water for San Francisco

Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, Yosemite National Park, California, USA

12:40 pm, June 17, 2005

wwp305 | Marketplace

The Ferry Building Marketplace

San Francisco, California, USA

11 am PST, March 18, 2005

wwp1204 | Sanctuary

The Morrison Library

University of California, Berkeley, California, USA

December 20. 2004 - 9:00 PST

wwp904 | Bridges

The Drum Bridge in the Japanese Tea Garden

Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

3 pm PDT

wwp604 | World Heritage

Old Growth Forest in Redwood National Park

On the Boy Scout Tree Trail, Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park (Redwood National and State Parks), near Crescent City, California, USA

11 am Pacific Daylight Time, June 20, 2004

wwp304 | The Original WWP

The Sea of Cortez

Guillermo's, Bahia de los Angeles, Baja California, México

3 pm PST

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