360 degree view ( LINK in description) of the The Cathedral Basilica of SS.Peter & Paul


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Just looking at the image, will not make much sense, must look at animated view :) . After animation loads, leftclick, hold and drag to move around.

Taken with a EOS 500d with 18-55mm lens
5 images per frame – 2.5 sec 5 sec 10 sec 15 sec and 30 sec at f7.1 100 ISO. One frame every 24 degrees, and 4 vertical positions each at 30 degrees, zenith and nadir excluded. Five images were blended with Photomatix pro. The 16 bit Tifs were individually smart sharpened in photoshop CS4. Finally stitched the spherical panorama and exported flash version with autopano giga.

Total individual pictures 300.Effective frames 60.

This is the first time I have ever visited a Catholic Church.Being a Hindu, I never visited a church. I was not sure, of how should I pray,or what to do inside. Well, I called one of my friends, who had been to a church for a few times, and we both went in and we were met a person who was in-charge there. I asked him a few questions and I had this “intention” to ask him if I could take my jumbo tripod to take a few pictures as the church was empty. WELL HE SAID YES. Dint waste a second, started taking pictures. I took enough images to make a 360 degree image of the chruch. At the end, it was time and people were coming in for the evening mass. So, took this one last panorama.

I was an amazing experience. PERFECT SILENCE for about 3 hours, while I took the images for my 360 degree image. All that I saw was awesomeness and all that I heard was my Camera shutter.

I am so glad I visited the church. I WILL remember 27th feb.

Some Info about the place in Wikipedia

_The Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, head church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the location of the Philadelphia Archdiocesan Administrative Offices, is located at 18th Street & the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on the east side of Logan Square in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

With its majestic façade, vaulted dome, ornate main altar, eight side chapels and main sanctuary that comfortably holds 2,000 worshipers, the Cathedral-Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul is the largest brownstone structure and one of the most architecturally eminent structures in the city of Philadelphia. Erected in 1864, the cathedral, presented in a Roman-Corinthian style of architecture, is modeled after the Lombard Church of St. Charles (San Carlo al Corso) in Rome. Its Palladian façade and aqua oxidized-copper dome are in the Italian Renaissance manner, and the interior is spacious with an oversize apse of stained glass and red antique marble in magnificent proportions reminiscent of Roman churches. It was largely decorated by Constantino Brumidi, who also painted the dome of the Capitol in Washington. A civory over the main altar and the three altars on each of the side aisles point up this Italian Renaissance flavor. Also in the bowels of the building, is the compact ‘Crypt of the Bishops’.

It is the largest Catholic church in Pennsylvania.

Pope John Paul II celebrated Mass here when he visited Philadelphia in 1979. It is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places._

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