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Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church - Feeding the Poor, the Disadvantaged, the Homeless and the Oppressed in the Inner City - a 360-Degree Panorama by David Engle

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About This Gigapan

Taken by
David Engle David Engle
Explore score
0.14 Gigapixels
Date added
Aug 05, 2009
Date taken
Jul 28, 2009

Nikon D7100


There is a parable in Matthew 25 that speaks of feeding the poor. I believe that these words from 2000 years ago, as well as words from other religions of the world, create a foundation of the rich giving food to the poor and of wealthy nations providing sustenance to the poor nations that are in need.

I am impressed by what Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church is doing and have created this panorama to show others what some people in Houston are doing on the local level to give nourishment to those who are in need.

Since this church is across the street from Rice University, I have added it to the collection of Rice GigaPans, which can be accessed via this link: tinyurl.com/RiceUniversity Will open in a new tab or window
For this hand-held panorama, I used a Nikon D70 with a Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 lens and was stitched with the GigaPan Stitcher. The photos were taken over a period of two days.

Gigapan Comments (7)

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  1. The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661"

    The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" (June 03, 2011, 08:41PM )

    It's a troubling sign of the times, but I guess we have to expect things like this baltimore.cbslocal.com/2011/06/01/ mta-officers-detain-man-for-taking-pictures < img src='/images/external_link.png' alt='Will open in a new tab or window' />/

  2. David Engle

    David Engle (August 07, 2009, 10:01AM )

    Then people driving their cars would stop, MetroRail trains would stop and the driver would pull down the window and ask what I am doing, police would drive by as they too would be security curious and even ask me to move-on, and homeless people would be attracted to me because of the camera and concern that they may be on the evening news TV program, and for people that did see the sign and wanted to get into the GigaPan, their lives would forever be changed for the better :) ... Taking panoramas either hand-held or with a GigaPan Robot and without a sign can be earth-changing enough; with a sign, the result may be complete chaos.

  3. The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661"

    The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" (August 06, 2009, 07:06AM )

    Why not get make your own sign saying "Gigapanographer at work - do not disturb!"? :-)

  4. David Engle

    David Engle (August 06, 2009, 06:01AM )

    Being picked up by Metro Police for taken photos and then taken to the jail house can be a form of being squished. Notice the bayou (water) by the jail in this panorama: www.gigapan.org/viewGigapan.php?id= 27163 . The dude yesterday was only doing his job, but my argument is if it is so sensitive an area, where are the signs saying so? Maybe they are this way because of security concerns.

  5. The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661"

    The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" (August 05, 2009, 05:28PM )

    A fair and significant distinction although not one prevalent in the UK. However I think your definition of 'squished' could appropriate depending on the manner in which the train runs one over. However, I do not encourage experimentation to test this hypothesis. (Important health and safety tip.)

  6. David Engle

    David Engle (August 05, 2009, 04:53PM )

    The reason for the poor stitching and the different sunlight was (1) trafic was a problem on my first attempt and (2) the next attempt was interupted by a train driver telling me something in a high-pitched voice that I had difficulty understanding and a few moments later, some dude,coming put of nowhere (actually a MetroRail truck) telling me I had to stop immediately or else face the wrath of Houston Metro Police. I stopped immediately, hoping that I could stitch something from two days of phootos to make this 360-degree panorama. I doubt that I was going to get squished by a train; what I was concerned about was getting squashed by one! To me, squished is like squeezing a plastic bottle of a viscous fluid so that it come out, like ketsup. Squashed, on the other hand, is like a egg resting on a flat surface and then having a 2000 ton block of steel falling on it from an altitude of a 1000 meters /- a few feet :)

  7. The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661"

    The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" (August 05, 2009, 03:29PM )

    Good job David. Some social realism - I like it. More like this please. It looks like you were standing in quite a scary place to take this gigapan. I'm glad to see that you didn't trip over or forget where you were and get squished by a tram.

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Stitcher Notes


GigaPan Stitcher version 0.4.4329 (Macintosh)
Panorama size: 141 megapixels (40702 x 3477 pixels)
Input images: 35 (35 columns by 1 rows)
Field of view: 360.0 degrees wide by 30.8 degrees high (top=15.8, bottom=-14.9)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera model: NIKON D70
Image size: 1164x3002, 1397x3008, 1739x3008, 2000x3008 (3.5 megapixels - 6.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2009-07-28 08:15:15 - 2009-08-05 06:59:57
Aperture: f/11 - f/18
Exposure time: 0.0125 - 0.0166667
ISO: unknown
Focal length (35mm equiv.): unknown
White balance: unknown
Exposure mode: unknown
Horizontal overlap: 9.4 to 62.1 percent
Computer stats: 2048 MB RAM, 2 CPUs
Total time 10:49 (0:18 per picture)
Alignment: 2:09, Projection: 1:11, Blending: 7:28

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