I returned yesterday from a family vacation in England. We spent a couple days in London but spent most of the week touring the countryside of England and Wales. Since we had rather tight weight restrictions for baggage, I opted not to take a tripod and resigned that no spherical panoramas would come from the trip. A tripod with a panoramic head is normally required to achieve seamless stitching of photos, lest objects in the foreground move with respect those in the background between shots.
We spent one night in Lincoln, and that morning we checked out <a href=”https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincoln_Cathedral”>St. Mary’s Cathedral</a>. The cathedral was nearly empty when we arrived. There was an admission fee, but no one there to collect it. So, we just wandered in and checked it out.
Unlike most cathedrals we have visited, the nave was empty of seating. The presence of seating would have made it difficult to create a seamless panorama by hand because of the inevitable perspective changes. Furthermore, there were very few people, another distraction in these pictures (although sometimes used with effect). So, I thought I might give a hand held set of pictures a try.
The results were not half bad. Because the ground is always in the foreground, it was difficult to achieve a perfect matching of the pictures there. I had to pull a few tricks to make it work, so, in the end, I just blurred the floor using Photoshop near the nadir. If it is made into a cubic sculpture, the nadir is resting in a holder, no one notices the errors as much, and blurring the image is a good compromise.
Check out the flattened cube below and a couple stereographic projections. Click on any of the images to go to the full gallery. Enjoy!