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Stairs at Loretto Chapel by John Wells

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Taken by
John Wells John Wells
Explore score
0.14 Gigapixels
Date added
Dec 30, 2008
Date taken
Dec 30, 2008

Nikon P5100


From www.lorettochapel.com/history.html Will open in a new tab or window, "At the end of the Old Santa Fe Trail stands the Loretto Chapel. Inside the Gothic structure is the staircase referred to as miraculous, inexplicable, marvelous and is sometimes called St. Joseph’s Staircase. The stairway confounds architects, engineers and master craftsmen. It makes over two complete 360-degree turns, stands 20’ tall and has no center support. It rests solely on its base and against the choir loft. The risers of the 33 steps are all of the same height. Made of an apparently extinct wood species, it was constructed with only square wooden pegs without glue or nails."

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Stitcher Notes


GigaPan Stitcher version 0.4.3510 (Windows)
Panorama size: 137 megapixels (11978 x 11504 pixels)
Input images: 24 (4 columns by 6 rows)
Field of view: 35.7 degrees wide by 34.3 degrees high (top=29.9, bottom=-4.4)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: NIKON
Camera model: COOLPIX P5100
Image size: 4000x3000 (12.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2008-12-30 17:42:12 - 2008-12-30 17:45:54
Aperture: f/5.3
Exposure time: 0.149254
ISO: 800
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 123.0 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Automatic
Exposure mode: Automatic
Horizontal overlap: 33.5 to 45.9 percent
Vertical overlap: 41.7 to 45.4 percent
Computer stats: 3838.49 MB RAM, 2 CPUs
Total time 34:36 (1:26 per picture)
Alignment: 2:21, Projection: 3:00, Blending: 29:13

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