Dave DePietro of East Patchogue has an eye for virtual photography.
After retiring from a career at a computer maintenance business, the 67-year-old decided last year to start a business out of creating 360 degree interactive images.
For DePietro, the style of photography represents a wave of the future.
“You really want to represent a space as accurate,” DePietro said of the work, which so far includes downtown Patchogue as well as upcoming projects showing off the Carnegie Library, Patchogue-Medford Library’s main building and the Fire Island Lighthouse.
DePietro said he had been admiring the craft from afar for a while, but it just was not accessible until recently.
“First came around in the 1990s and was very costly and the computer speeds were not nearly as fast as they are today,” DePietro said, emphasizing that a job that used to take a computer a whole night of processing can now be complete in minutes.
DePietro currently does a mix of paid work and public service work. He said that he reached out to Patchogue-Medford Library in order to do upcoming panoramas that will showcase a “Before and After” style look of the Carnegie Library’s restoration.
At the Carnegie building, he so far has shot the main floor and the lower level of the future home of the library’s Young Adult department. In the main building, he took images of both the main floor and the Children’s Department downstairs.
More of DePietro’s work as well as his contact information can be found on his website: lkdd360.com.