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Month: October, 2015

“Musée national de la Marine”

Finally, the last panorama from my July 2015 trip to Paris! This one was taken outside the Musée national de la Marine (National Navy Museum) from here.

First, I show the flattened proof of the cube. Following that are two stereographic projections. If you click on any of the images, you will be taken to the full gallery on my website.

I will take a break here and prepare for my next trip. I’ll be back soon!

Musée national de la Marine, a spherical panorama mapped onto a cube and presented as a flattened proof.

Musée national de la Marine, a spherical panorama presented as a stereographic projection

Musée national de la Marine, a spherical panorama presented as a stereographic projection

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“Under the Arc”

This series was taken under the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, a small triumphal arch near the Louvre.

First, I show the flattened proof of the cube. Following that are two stereographic projections. If you click on any of the images, you will be taken to the full gallery on my website.

Next: One last panorama from my July trip.

Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel

Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel

Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel

“Louvre III”

Here is another panorama taken in the main courtyard of the Louvre, shot here.

First, I show the flattened proof of the cube. Following that are two stereographic projections. If you click on any of the images, you will be taken to the full gallery on my website.

Next: the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel.

Louvre III, a spherical panorama, arranged as a cube, flattened out. It is a proof for a photographic sculpture.

Louvre III, a spherical panorama, shown as a stereographic projection

Louvre III, a spherical panorama, shown as a stereographic projection

“Louvre II”

So, after shooting yesterday’s post, I saw someone slip around the security fencing, and I followed suit. With almost no one hanging around the pyramid, I went to its corner and shot this series. The fountains were dry. I think it would have been more spectacular with the fountains going. If there were at least water in them, there would have been reflections in the water.

First, I show the flattened proof of the cube. Following that are two stereographic projections. If you click on any of the images, you will be taken to the full gallery on my website.

Coming next: a series with the same plaza, taken near the entrance to the Cour Carrée.

The Louvre Pyramid, a spherical panorama, mapped onto a cube and laid out flat. This is a proof for a photographic sculpture.

The Louvre Pyramid, a spherical panorama, shown as a stereographic projection.

The Louvre Pyramid, a spherical panorama, shown as a stereographic projection.

“Louvre I”

It just occurred to me that I could post the nearly exact locations of my panoramas. The panorama featured today was taken just outside the Louvre. There were crowd control gates “preventing” people from entering the square with I.M. Pei’s pyramid, but I was a little reluctant to jump them at first. So, while I waited for the museum to open, or to build the courage to sidestep the gates, I took this series.

First, I show the flattened proof of the cube. Following that are two stereographic projections. If you click on any of the images, you will be taken to the full gallery on http://www.tagermer.com.

Coming next: a series taken next to the pyramid.

Cour Carrée

The Cour Carrée (Square Court) of the Louvre is a large enclosed square. I shot two panoramas from within this space, the first taken near one of the corners and one taken near the center. Both are shown here. I prefer the one taken at the corner, because the nearness of the corner breaks the otherwise monotonous symmetry.

I show two flattened cubes, proofs for cubic photographic sculptures. I also show two stereographic projections, one taken from each of the panoramas. Click on any of the images, and you will be directed to a gallery showing all of the images.

So, here is the square from the corner:

The Cour Carrée of the Louvre, a proof of a panoramic cube sculpture.

A stereographic projection:

The Cour Carrée of the Louvre, a stereographic projection

The square from the center:

The Cour Carrée of the Louvre, a proof of a panoramic cube sculpture.

This stereographic projection is a tunnel view, looking straight up, but the marble tiling on the ground dominates the image.

The Cour Carrée of the Louvre, a stereographic projection

“Passage to the Courtyard”

The Cour Carrée (Square Court) of the Louvre is a large enclosed square. I wanted to get into it after shooting some pictures in the main plaza and had to wait until 9 a.m. for the gates to open. The first person into the gate, I immediately shot a panorama from the passageway, shown here. You can see the I.M. Pei pyramid through the gate on one side and the Cour Carrée on the other.

As usual, I show the flattened cube, a proof for the cubic photographic sculpture. I also show two stereographic projections. Click on any of the images, and you will be directed to a gallery showing all of the images.

Next up: Panoramas from inside the Cour Carrée.

The passageway to the Cour Carrée of the Louvre, Paris, France. This is a flattened proof, showing the six sides of a cube.

The passageway to the Cour Carrée of the Louvre, Paris, France. This is a stereographic projection.

The passageway to the Cour Carrée of the Louvre, Paris, France. This is a stereographic projection.

“Saint Jean-Paul II”

This series was taken in front of a statue of Saint Jean-Paul II on the south side of the Cathedral Notre Dame in Paris. There was a small fence around the grass, and since I saw armed military patrolling the area, I was reluctant to take the pictures from the grass. If I could have, the former Pope would have been more dominant in the pictures. Below is a proof for a cube sculpture and two stereographic projections.

I particular like the middle projection. If you look at the flattened cube, you will see a large rose window above Jean-Paul II. I aligned the program on the center of this window, then rotated 180°, so that I would be looking directly away from it. I then expanded the angular extent of the projection, so that the total angular coverage in each horizontal direction was about 355°. In that way, the rose window forms the periphery of the projection. But, notice how Jean-Paul II appears within. Cool, eh?

Click on the images to see others from the series.

Coming soon: A few panoramas taken around the Musée du Louvre.

Saint Jean-Paul II, on the south side of the Notre Dame in Paris. This is a spherical panorama shown as a flattened cube.
Saint Jean-Paul II, on the south side of the Notre Dame in Paris. This is a spherical panorama shown in a stereographic projection.
Saint Jean-Paul II, on the south side of the Notre Dame in Paris. This is a spherical panorama shown in a stereographic projection

“Cathedral Notre Dame”

Here is a spherical panorama shot in front of the Cathedral Notre Dame in Paris. Like all my spherical panoramas, I show a proof of the potential cube sculpture laid out flat.  Here, I include two of the stereographic projections, too.  Click on any of the images below to see other stereographic projections from this scene.

You may notice that I have managed to remove most of the people from the square. I shot this series long before the cathedral was open, so the crowds had not developed. There were several groups of people wandering about, but provided they are moving, I can take enough redundant shots to remove them. I some cases, someone was standing just where someone else was standing in another shot, so I had to chose between them. In other cases, the people had made themselves comfortable in one spot and weren’t going to move on their own accord. I don’t usually ask people to move.

I have one more panorama of the cathedral, taken on the south side. I will try to post that tomorrow. Stay tuned!

Cathedral Notre Dame, in Paris, a proof for a spherical panoramic photographic sculpture.

Cathedral Notre Dame, in Paris, laid out as a stereographic projection

Cathedral Notre Dame, in Paris, laid out as a stereographic projection

“A Gothic Square”

This panorama was taken behind the Cathedral Notre Dame in Paris in the Square Jean XXIII. I found that the lighting was not all that good, so I opted to try black and white. Of course, the gothic nature of the cathedral lended itself well to this.

Below is a proof for a cube and two stereographic projections from the same scene. I like how the second of the two stereographic projections looks like a jumble of gothic elements.

'A Gothic Square,' a spherical panorama taken in Square Jean XXIII behind the Cathedral Notre Dame.

'A Gothic Square,' a spherical panorama taken in Square Jean XXIII behind the Cathedral Notre Dame.

'A Gothic Square,' a spherical panorama taken in Square Jean XXIII behind the Cathedral Notre Dame.