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Houston Astrodome: Texas Legacy II - a 360 Panorama by David Engle

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Taken by
David Engle David Engle
Explore score
0.14 Gigapixels
Date added
Aug 17, 2009
Date taken
Aug 16, 2009

Nikon D7100


This, from the 2007 Houston Livestock and Rodeo Media Guide regarding Texas Legacy: Created by Robert Summers, six majestic Texas Longhorns are guided by two vaqueros on horseback in “Texas Legacy.” A gift in 1987, the bronze epitomizes Texas’ Western heritage.

Note: This is a second view of Texas Legacy, which was taken on Sunday. Legacy I was taken Saturday and from a different angle. To my eye, this is absolutely stunning and for that reason, I took the second panorama.

There are eight statues in the Carruth Plaza and all of them are unique and extraordinary.

This, adapted from the 2007 Houston Livestock and Rodeo Media Guide regarding Carruth Plaza: Amid native Texas landscaping and decomposed granite pathways, a collection of large-scale bronzes from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ call Carruth Plaza at Reliant Park home. Located in a prime location between Reliant Astrodome and Reliant Stadium, just south of Reliant Center, the Plaza was made possible due to a grant from The Wortham Foundation, Inc. Named after Allen H. “Buddy” Carruth, who served as president of both The Wortham Foundation and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Carruth Plaza serves as a tribute to the renowned Houston philanthropist who dedicated many hours to serving the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and the people of Harris County. In addition to naming the Plaza in his honor, a special Carruth Circle features an obelisk topped by a Smithsonian Armillary Sphere. In their space, the sculptures are surrounded by a tranquil setting that includes a flowing stream and “Texas heritage-style” landscaping, with such native Texas plants as cactus, yuccas and live oak trees. With trees and curved limestone walls behind most of the Western art sculptures, areas of seating are placed in close proximity to each work of art for maximum enjoyment.

Taken on a very hot weekend in Houston using a Nikon D70 camera and a Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 lens.

This stitched image was created using the GigaPan Stitcher software and additional details can be seen in the Stitcher Notes.

Note: Reliant Park is home of the Offshore Technology Conference.

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Stitcher Notes


GigaPan Stitcher version 0.4.4329 (Macintosh)
Panorama size: 141 megapixels (39782 x 3548 pixels)
Input images: 30 (30 columns by 1 rows)
Field of view: 360.0 degrees wide by 32.1 degrees high (top=16.3, bottom=-15.8)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera model: NIKON D70
Image size: 1998x3024 (6.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2009-08-16 12:36:24 - 2009-08-16 12:38:19
Aperture: f/18
Exposure time: 0.0125
ISO: 200
Focal length (35mm equiv.): unknown
White balance: unknown
Exposure mode: unknown
Horizontal overlap: 18.3 to 74.9 percent
Computer stats: 2048 MB RAM, 2 CPUs
Total time 12:53 (0:25 per picture)
Alignment: 2:57, Projection: 2:22, Blending: 7:34

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