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The last time I photographed in the incredible National Cathedral in Washington DC, I was shooting film. No joke. However, it is still a known fact among local photographers that January is the best month to photograph there because of the angle of the sun, which creates wild stain glass shadows on the granite. Aside from that, on this particular day, before the sun got hot, the natural light inside was  about as good as it gets: soft, patchy spot lighted areas, muted and even. The 360 pan lead image is illustrative.

Actually, I met photo friend, Steve Ellis (my web site designer), to work on stitched pans. The cathedral was largely empty, which is a rare event this time of year, but it was quite cold and there was some damage that occurred during the weird earthquake, which happened about a year ago. That event necessitated putting up scaffolding and netting. The aforementioned two conditions may have been why the place was almost empty, devoid of other photographers. At first, this appeared to be an impediment, but when the colorful shadows danced across the netting, it became apparent that there was a whole other level of stuff going on!

We shot mostly 360 stitched pans, initially, then when the color reflections got wild, shot some single frame images.

Here’s a few 360 stitched pans made with the D800 and 14-24mm lens, compiled in AutoPano Pro.

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 These were all made using the RRS Omni Pro Package from Really Right Stuff

Near the end of the shooting day (4.5 hrs), we started shooting single images to record the incredible color going on. We actually shot one or two when we showed up, also. Here’s a small gallery from our day at the National Cathedral.

I’ll be hangin’ in to get my Topaz webinar together for Feb. 6, then to Richmond for our 3rd Creativity Seminar.

Note: When using this panning system, there are three nodal points: center of the front element centered over the tripod; the center of the lens body centered over the tripod, and actually first, make sure that your camera plate is set to the registration mark on the focusing rail. That will insure that pans that are in tight places, like all of the above, have no ghosting.

Thanks for taking the time and we’ll see ya online,