Thomas A. Germer Photography

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Month: November, 2015

“L’Automne dans le jardin”

Since it is such a nice Fall day at home, I thought I’d feature “L’Automne dans le jardin” today. This panorama was taken in the early morning at the Gardens of Luxembourg (Jardin du Luxembourg) in Paris a few weeks ago.

I show the flattened cube proof for the cubic panoramic sculpture, as well as two stereographic projections.

'Automne dans le jardin,' a spherical panorama mapped onto a cube. This is a proof for a photographic sculpture.

'Automne dans le jardin,' a spherical panorama mapped onto a plane with a stereographic projection.

'Automne dans le jardin,' a spherical panorama mapped onto a plane with a stereographic projection.

 

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“Chairs at Luxembourg”

Anyone who has been to Paris will come to realize that many of the gardens and parks provide chairs for people to relax in. On a nice afternoon, the chairs are filled with people relaxing in the sun. “Chairs at Luxembourg” was taken long before the crowds emerged. While at the Jardin du Luxembourg, I saw all these chairs and wanted to capture their presence. I opened up the tripod, so I could get low to the ground, situating the chairs above the horizon, and shot the series for this panorama.


'Chairs at Luxembourg', a spherical panorama, mapped onto the faces of a cube, a proof for a photographic sculpture.


'Chairs at Luxembourg', a spherical panorama shown as a stereographic projection


'Chairs at Luxembourg', a spherical panorama shown as a stereographic projection

“Arc de Triomphe”

I returned this past weekend from another three week trip to Paris.  On the second Saturday, I woke up very early, about 5 a.m., took the RER B line to Châtelet-Les Halles, then the RER A line to Charles de Gaulle Étoile. It was still very dark when I arrived above ground and the Arc de Triomphe was lit up at the center of the large traffic circle, l’Étoile.

On a previous trip, I had scoped out a place to shoot a panorama, the center median at the end of the Avenue des Champs-Élysées. But, when I arrived, I realized that the median was not raised at all, making me wonder what would keep a driver from trying to cut the corner a little short, hitting me. The tunnel access to the Arc de Triomphe does not open until much later, so to get on the center island required crossing several lanes of traffic. So, I stood and waited, studied the traffic patterns, when the traffic was heavy and when there were pauses. I saw two guys run across the lanes, screaming at the top of their lungs as they did, so I was confident that I could do it. And, I did.

I shot two panoramas, the one I show here, which is centered on the archway and on the side of the Champs-Élysées, and another closer and not centered on the archway but with a better view of the eternal flame of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The exposure for each shot was long, 30 s, so that the lights from cars and trucks leave long trails. It was a somewhat misty morning, too, so the lights illuminating the monument light up the sky above it, and there is a shadow of the monument in the mist.

Every year, on 11 November, the anniversary of the Armistice, there is a ceremony here to honor the soldier in the tomb. So, it seems fitting to post this picture today.

I show the proof of the cube sculpture along with two stereographic projections. You can click on any of the images to see other projections as well.

The Arc de Triomphe in Paris, a spherical panorama displayed as the six sides of a cube. This is a proof for a photographic sculpture.

The Arc de Triomphe in Paris, a spherical panorama displayed as a stereographic projection.

The Arc de Triomphe in Paris, a spherical panorama displayed as a stereographic projection.