Via Lucis does Gigapan tests (Dennis Aubrey)

PJ and I spent the holiday weekend in Providence, partly just to have a nice holiday weekend but also to shoot at Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church in East Providence and Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral downtown. It was, as always, a pleasure to shoot in these beautiful structures, but we also tried out the Gigapan Epic Pro camera system.

Gigapan Epic Pro

In case you don’t know, the Gigapan is a robot-controlled camera mount that allows for ultra-high resolution stitched panoramas for the web. The two that we did at the churches were 40 images and 48 images. That means that we shot 8 rows x 6 columns of full-frame high resolution photos that were stitched into a single image.

Gigapan set up at Saint Stephen's Episcopal Church

By using the Gigapan viewer online, one can look at the image at very high resolution. When you go to the links, make sure to zoom in to see the incredible detail available in the image. In the Saint Stephen’s church image you can zoom into the thermostat to the right of the altar near the two icons. At full resolution, you can read the time on the thermostat!

Here is the link to the Saint Stephen’s shot and here is the one for the Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral.

We rented the unit from in Cordova, Tennessee. Based on this single transaction, we were quite pleased by the service and the quality of the rental equipment. The one-week rental allowed us to evaluate the technology before making a decision to buy or not. We’re not sure if we are going to make these panoramas a regular feature of Via Lucis, but are interested in hearing from you on the matter. Let us know what you think!

4 responses to “Via Lucis does Gigapan tests (Dennis Aubrey)

  1. Okay….At first I thought I was about to take a 360-degree tour of these churches–like on But no…that didn’t happen. Then I thought, “What’s the use of just having a really nice picture that moves around on the screen in ressponse to my cursor? THEN I realized that I could zoom in to any spot on the photo with incredible clarity. It was wild to be able to read the hymn numbers posted on the column…or see every detail in the stained glass windows.

    So…if you guys find that being able to provide this kind of detail enhances your work–I’m all for it. But for the marginal Luddites (not unlike myself)–give us a hint as to what to do with these pictures–or at least what is possible.

    Bon chance!

  2. This would be great to allow people to study buildings from a distance. For many Romanesque portals it would be a God send!

    • John, thanks for the feedback. We were thinking of doing a few of these in France as a test next year. We can do 360 degree shots as well, which would be quite interesting in the larger churches and cathedrals. BTW, we use the Dayton database for Black Madonnas in supporting our photography of the Vierges Romanes.

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