Tuesday, February 23, 2010

A Visit to Washington, D.C.

Last week, my mother and I visited Washington, D.C. for a day and a half, where we got to see the beautiful National Cathedral and The Library of Congress.  I want to thank Donna Urschel, in the Public Affairs Department of the Library of Congress, for making my photo shoot in the Reading Room happen.  She stayed after work for an hour to let me in, which was so nice of her.  I hope the results show that it was worth it! You can click on any of these photos to see a larger version.  Just press the back button to come back to the blog.

The photos, from the top: an amazing hallway of endless, graceful arches, painted beautifully.  This is a small, 6 image vertical panorama.

The entry wall of the Reading Room, a 16 image vertical panorama.

The next two show floor to ceiling views of the Reading Room and its fabulous dome.  You can read more about it by clicking here.  It opened to the public in 1897 and its design was based on the Paris Opera House. 

The final Reading Room is a smaller panorama of just the ceiling to give you an idea of how it looks to gaze upward at it.  There's a wonderful hush in this enormous room.  It almost has the feeling of a cathedral.

The next image is a floor to ceiling vertical panorama of part of the National Cathedral.  I worked and worked at this one, just to get it straight, as it is such a tall building and has so many different leading lines and curves that Photoshop was quite confused by it!

The next one is a small six-image panorama showing how immense each of the Romanesque columns are that support the cathedral. I had to put the tripod and camera literally next to the column and point it upwards.

In the basement, or crypt area, of the Cathedral, I found a really interesting arched stairwell and long arched hallway that I loved.

And the final image is a six image vertical handheld panorama, taken outside obviously, in a portico or covered hallway at any rate, leading to some part of this immense, European-sized cathedral.  As you can see, I was really intrigued by arch-filled hallways on this trip.

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Lloyd said...

Good stuff there Cindy! I can see that Photoshop had some issues with the arches and stuff.

Looks like you had a good time!


Cynthia Farr-Weinfeld said...

Thanks Lloyd!


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