Thomas A. Germer Photography

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Month: May, 2015

“Transformations”

I was asked to document some of the exhibitions at BlackRock Center for the Arts. I couldn’t help but shoot a spherical panorama in the Kay Gallery of “Transformations of Brush & Paper,” featuring works by the artists Kit-Keung Kan, Freda Lee-McCann, and In-soon Shin. The show was held February 5 through February 28, 2015.

Here is the flattened cube:

Flattened spherical panoramic cube featuring works by the artists Kit-Keung Kan, Freda Lee-McCann, and In-soon Shin.

Here is one of the stereographic projections:

Spherical panorama featuring works by the artists Kit-Keung Kan, Freda Lee-McCann, and In-soon Shin. This is a stereographic projection.

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Fishing Pier

This spherical panorama was taken at the fishing pier at Black Hills Regional Park near Germantown and Boyds, MD. Here is the laid out cubic panorama.

Spherical panorama laid out as the faces of a cube, taken at Black Hills Regional Park near Germantown and Boyds, Maryland.

Videos of some completed panoramic photographic sculptures

One of the reasons I am putting together this blog is to increase my exposure on various search engines. So, pardon me for putting up some old pieces.  I wish to highlight the panoramic photographic sculptures I have created. I am finding that when I do a search on “panoramic cubes” or “photographic sculpture,” very few of my works show up, and if they do, they appear way down the list. Hopefully, posting these will increase their exposure.

“Vietnam Veterans Memorial”
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“Thomas Jefferson Memorial”
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“Germantown Library”
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“Lincoln Memorial”
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“Korean War Memorial”
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“Quiet Arbor”

While visiting the National Arboretum in Washington, DC, I found the Herb Garden. I shot a panorama there, under a trellis. Soon, I will be choosing among my recent cubic panoramas a few to print out and construct as photographic sculptures.

Flattened panoramic cube taken in the Herb Garden at the National Arboretum in Washington, DC.

Here is one of the stereographic projections:

Stereographic projection from a spherical panorama taken in the Herb Garden at the National Arboretum in Washington, DC.

See the rest of the series here.

Secret Garden

When I was visiting the National Arboretum in Washington, DC, I took the opportunity to walk through the Azalea Grove. It was just after peak season. Some of the flowers were definitely in bloom, but a few plants were past their prime. I found this one garden, where there was a park bench under a trellis, the closest to a manicured garden as anything in the grove. This one will definitely be made into a photographic sculpture, one of my cubic panoramas. I used three exposures and some rather heavy HDR processing to get what I eventually liked.

Here is the flattened cube:

Flattened spherical panoramic cube, panoramic sculpture, photographic sculpture taken at the Azalea Grove at the National Arboretum in Washington, DC.

And, here are two of the stereographic projections:

A spherical panorama, presented as a stereographic projection, little planet photo. This was taken at the Azalea Grove at the National Arboretum in Washington, DC.

A spherical panorama, presented as a stereographic projection, little planet photo. This was taken at the Azalea Grove at the National Arboretum in Washington, DC.

The Capitol Columns at the National Arboretum

I have wanted to shoot the a spherical panorama at the Capitol Columns at the National Arboretum in Washington, DC for some time now. These are Corinthian columns that were removed from the US Capitol during a renovation and were moved to their current location. The towering columns give me lots of of vertical material to make the cube sculptures interesting and would lend well for making stereographic projections, as well.  So, last Saturday, I headed to the Arboretum and was in line for the gates to open at 8:00.  I was a little disappointed in the weather. It was overcast. Because the park was not open before sunrise, though, I didn’t mind not having to compete with the sun, which can be hard to deal with in these panoramas. As I was driving there, it sprinkled some, which worried me more. But, alas, when I got there, the drizzle stopped and I was able to shoot the Columns. A rogue, unpermitted wedding party showed up after I took a panorama at the center of the empty fountain, so I moved over to a corner, where one large column hid the party from my view.  Afterwards, I shot three more panoramas in the herb garden and the azalea grove.

Below are material from the Capitol Column shots. I relied on high dynamic range (HDR) techniques to process these. The sky was bright and otherwise had very little contrast. By using HDR tone mapping, the sky came out much more dramatic. I can’t wait to make these into my spherical photographic sculptures.

Here is the first shot, shown as a flattened cube:

Spherical panorama of the Capitol Columns, National Arboretum. Shown as a flattened cube, before construction as a photographic sculpture, panoramic cube.

Here is the second shot, also shown as a flattened cube:

Spherical panorama of the Capitol Columns, National Arboretum. Shown as a flattened cube, before construction as a photographic sculpture, panoramic cube.

Here is a stereographic projection from the first panorama:

Spherical panorama of the Capitol Columns, National Arboretum. Shown as a stereographic projection.

Here is a stereographic projection from the second panorama:

Spherical panorama of the Capitol Columns, National Arboretum. Shown as a stereographic projection.

The full set can be seen here.

“Under the Trellis”

I completed this spherical panoramic cube, taken under the trellis at Carroll Creek Park in Frederick, MD. It was just shown at Art League of Germantown‘s Shades of Spring show at BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown, MD, April 28-May 3, 2015.

'Under the Trellis' at the Art League of Germantown's Shades of Spring show, April 28-May 3, 2015. This is a spherical panorama sculpture.
This was taken under the trellis at Carroll Creek Park in Frederick, MD.