Willy Kaemena is a retired mechanical engineer who worked over 30 years in many countries of the world.
His private passion are panoramas and he did first panoramas already 1965 with black and white photos which he glued together.
Fueled by the development of QTVR he bought his first digital camera in 1997 and the first digital photos were immediately put together and an interactive QTVR was created.
The next level was the “miracle” of full spheric panoramas, introduced with the development of Quicktime 5 in 2000.
It took him 3 years to unveil this miracle and to produce his first sphericals of doubtful quality using a tiny Olympus Fisheye strapped on an Olympus 2.1 Mpix point and shoot digital cam.
With the appearance of stitching software with a GUI and the availability of affordable digital SRLs and 8mm fisheye lenses, back in 2004, he could finally reached an output quality which still can be used today. In the last 10 years of his professional career he used interactive panoramas extensively on his job in order to transmit a real impression on the progress of his oversea projects back to the head office of his company.
He was one of the early photographer of 360cities, the largest panorama website of the world, where he published already more than 1500 panoramas, shot in many countries of the world.
He is well known by his special passion, which is traveling by train and documenting the interiors of famous trains as 360 panoramas and virtual tours. He is also the father of the Flying Willy which he will demonstrates on the field.
Currently he acts as secretary of the IVRPA