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High definition virtual reality panoramas, a fantastic way to show stained glass
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 Posted: Fri Feb 17th, 2012 06:24 pm
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Debora Coombs
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I discovered that a photographer called Bill Jones of Rhmpano.com has taken some extraordinary photos of the interior of St Mary's Cathedral in Portland, OR and of my windows there. Bill captures three-dimensional architectural interiors as single high-definition panoramic photographs that you can 'walk around' and zoom in on. It's very cool, and a brilliant way to show stained glass.

There are two different interactive pages to explore. In each, use your scroll bars to make sure you can see the navigation buttons along the bottom.

Photos of the individual windows.

Stained glass in situ.



 Posted: Sat Feb 18th, 2012 06:08 pm
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Judy K
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Wow! This is a wonderful way to show photos.

I love this church! And your work turned out awesome!!!!!!!!!!! I really like how you presented the saints with a traditional look, but cleaner surroundings.



 Posted: Sat Feb 18th, 2012 07:37 pm
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THanks Judy, glad you like my windows. Truth be told though, I actually 'turned out' the windows quite a while ago. The last eight were installed in 1998!

It's a curious thing, looking back over old work. I've done a fair bit of wandering down Memory Lane recently, while putting my new website together. I have loads more images/projects that I plan to post but I also have a window half-painted and am dying to get back in my studio.

The thing that strikes me most about St Mary's is how bright and beautiful the church is. I'd forgotten. If I think about it, the 'memory' I have of the building is actually my photographs, and not the real thing at all. Their job was to make the stained glass look good, not the interior.

Another thing I like about Bill's panoramas is that they show the stained glass obliquely, not straight on, and this makes the texture of the glass (esp the reamy) really noticeable. There are also trees & buildings outside that alter the colors. I love it.

Bear with me while I get the hang of this forum. I hope I'm not writing in the wrong place or too much. Don't be afraid to tell me!
Very best,
Debora



 Posted: Sat Feb 18th, 2012 07:50 pm
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You are doing great, Debora!

Rebecca



 Posted: Sun Feb 19th, 2012 01:24 am
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My mom is currently on a new church building committee. I sent her these sites. I agree about the brightness of the interior. She is bumping her head against the wall with an architect who wants it to look like a warehouse with huge concrete block and no traditional beauty.



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