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Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, California by Brian Lawler

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Brian Lawler Brian Lawler
Explore score
5.92 Gigapixels
Date added
May 11, 2012
Date taken
May 05, 2012

Mission San Luis Obispo was built in 1772 by Spanish missionaries. It is one of 21 missions in California.

The walls are about three feet thick, made of adobe; the structure has been modified several times in its history. An operating Catholic church, the Mission is part of the Diocese of Monterey. It has a large local base of parishioners, and at least one mass held in Spanish daily. The Mission is in extraordinary condition, with authentic period artwork and recently added trompe l'oeil murals on the interior walls. The patron saint, Louis, is depicted in a statue on the left, and a large statue of Jesus is centered over the altar. These were originally reversed, but during earthquake-resistant modifications were placed in their current locations. The bells in the belfry were replaced in 2004 with newly-cast replacements that are in proper tune. You can read the inscriptions on the bells in this GigaPan image.

The Mission is also used for the public presentation of music, often as a performance venue for the Festival Mozaic, music performed by various Cal Poly choral, early music and wind music, and twice annually by the San Luis Obispo Vocal Arts Ensemble. Traveling groups also perform here. The famous men's chorus, Chanticleer, has performed in the Mission on several occasions. Anonymous Four has also performed in the Mission, an appropriate location for their perfect-pitch Medieval and Renaissance style.

Mission San Luis Obispo is the literal heart of town, with San Luis Creek flowing in front of it. The plaza in front of the Mission is used nearly every weekend as a location for fairs, festivals and performances.

This photo was taken on Saturday, May 5, 2012. When the GigaPan started moving, a fair for expectant mothers was in full swing. As the camera made its 360-degree arc, the fair wound-down and diffused. Simultaneously, SLO Revealed was being held. This was a seek-and-find competition run as a fund-raiser for the San Luis Obispo Children's Museum and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Luis Obispo. One can see (slightly dismembered) participants of that event near the pergola by the flag poles.

Photo ©2012 by Brian P. Lawler

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GigaPan Stitch.Efx version 2.0.0500 (Macintosh)
Panorama size: 5915 megapixels (194256 x 30452 pixels)
Input images: 882 (63 columns by 14 rows)
Field of view: 360.0 degrees wide by 56.4 degrees high (top=32.3, bottom=-24.1)
Vignette correction off
Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III
Image size: 5616x3744 (21.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2012-05-05 15:01:39 - 2012-05-05 16:21:19
Aperture: f/16
Exposure time: 0.004 - 0.005
ISO: 400
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 199.8 mm
White balance: Automatic
Exposure mode: Manual
Horizontal overlap: 29.2 to 100.0 percent
Vertical overlap: 26.7 to 47.8 percent
Computer stats: 14336 MB RAM, 8 CPUs
Total time 2:20:35 (9.6 seconds per picture)
Alignment: 1:00:37, Projection: 29:23, Blending: 50:34
(Preview finished in 1:49:51)
Color Adjustments:
gamma: 0.72
saturation: 1.24

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