Thomas A. Germer Photography

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Month: September, 2015

“Fontaine Saint-Michel”

And here is a spherical panorama shot at the Fontaine Saint-Michel in Paris. The fountain was not operating when I was there, presumably because I was there too early in the morning.

This panoramic cube was constructed a little differently than my previous cubes. I keep changing things every time I make one. This time, Home Depot was out of the 1-1/4″ square oak baluster rails that I was using in the past. (I think I bought them out!) So, I gave extruded aluminum L bracket a try. It worked well, but it makes for a very light cube.  Not for windy locations.  Someday, I will find a way to weight the cubes. Any ideas? I would like to weight it more in the lower corner, so that it is bottom-heavy. But, I need to make sure that it can withstand shipping.

If you click on the image, you will be directed to a gallery containing other projections of this spherical panorama.


“Tiki and Palms”

The material for this cube was shot at Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park on the Island of Hawai’i.

Lincoln Cathedral Cube

I just finished assembling and sealing my latest cube, “Lincoln Cathedral,” taken at the Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Lincoln, England on a recent vacation. I will have to admit that I am pleased with how this came out. I think I have the process nearly perfected, so that putting these together is relatively fool proof. I recently switched from using Gorilla Glue to epoxy to adhere the aluminum photographs to the inner wood pieces. Gorilla Glue requires very tight clamping, and I found that that introduced flaws in the surface finish, and made fine adjustments in positioning difficult while clamping. With epoxy, the clamping can be (in fact, should be) much less tight, but the strength of the joint is probably better. As I hope to someday find a customer who wants a much larger cube, I will have to move to using extruded aluminum to frame the cube (due to matching thermal expansion), and epoxy will provide a much more secure hold. Finally, the silicone calking along the edges is now a pretty quick job.

These cubes are all 10 inches on a side. With the stand, it is about 19.2 inches tall.

This cube can be viewed with various other projections of the same scene in the Lincoln Cathedral page. Be sure to check out the full gallery of cubes (flattened proofs and completed cubes) in my Cube Gallery.

Lincoln Cathedral, a spherical panorama, photographic sculpture