Location Scout Video: Castle Point Ruins

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Location Scout Video: Castle Point Ruins

A video location scout visit to the ruins of a mansion in the mountains from a time gone by, complete with a history full of romance and intrigue!


Location Scout VR Pano: Van Slyke Ruins, NJ

Location Scout VR Pano: Van Slyke Ruins, NJ

Location Scout VR Panorama: Van Slyke Mansion Ruins, NJ

Another VR panorama test, this time using a Leica D-Lux 3 / normal lens. The tripod used was only semi-nodal, a normal lens was used and only one set of exposures was made so a fully immersive, 360 / 180 HDRi VR wasnt really in the cards. But we *do* have the lovely Mary brightening an otherwise arguably dreary environment! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Give it a few moments to load – FYI it may be a bit if you are still on a dialup. If things don’t seem to be working in Internet Explorer, open this page in Firefox or Google Chrome.

Go ahead – push the buttons! ๐Ÿ™‚ (full screen is especially kewl :))


Location Scout VR Panorama Created From Flip HD Video

Location Scout VR Panorama Created From Flip HD Video

Location Scout VR Panorama Created From Flip HD Video

VR panorama of Castle Point Ruins made from an image sequence from my Flip UltraHD. The tripod used was only semi-nodal and the Flip’s exposure isn’t really controllable so a fully immersive, 360 / 180 HDRi VR wasnt really in the cards. But I’m pretty happy starting out ๐Ÿ™‚ …and shooting with a Flip LOL!

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Give it a few moments to load – FYI it may be a bit if you are still on a dialup. If things don’t seem to be working in Internet Explorer, open this page in Firefox or Google Chrome.

Go ahead – push the buttons! ๐Ÿ™‚ (full screen is especially kewl :))

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Photo By Mary Jockel

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Photo By Mary Jockel


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  • Many thanks to Sam Rohn for tech advice and guidance ๐Ÿ™‚

VanSlyke Castle and Ramapo Park

VanSlyke Castle and Ramapo Park

VAN SLYKE CASTLE and RAMAPO PARK – An Historical Sketch by J. H. Ward

The ruins of the house popularly known as the Van Slyke Castle stand majestically on the nose of a mountain 1,500 feet north off and 350 feet above Ramapo Lake in what is now Ramapo Mountain State Forest. The view from the grounds are magnificent. The house, the lake, and surrounding area also have interesting histories.


Lost in Jersey - Van Slyke Castle

Lost in Jersey – Van Slyke Castle

Van Slyke Castle – Lost in Jersey

VanSlyke Castle

VanSlyke Castle

Fast Facts: The Van Slyke family moved here around the 1920’s, but in the 1950’s there was a bitter divorce and the house was vacated. Vandals soon broke in and torched the mansion in 1959. The state purchased what is now the Ramapo Mountain forest from his estate in 1976.

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