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Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church - Day Before Thanksgiving by David Engle

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Taken by
David Engle David Engle
Explore score
3.65 Gigapixels
Date added
Nov 26, 2009
Date taken
Nov 25, 2008

This GigaPan is now in a series of three GigaPans: www.gigapan.org/gigapans/most_popular/?q=salem+church
Every year, the Sunday before Thanksgiving, one of the churches in Braes Interfaith Ministries* host the Community Thanksgiving Service, and this year it was held in the new Sanctuary of Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church.

I attended this very special service and I can only say that it was perfection and I wished that the 90-minute service could have been repeated. It was *most* uplifting.

Last Sunday was the first occasion that I was in the new Nave and realized that it was going to be the focus of my next GigaPan, what you see is the result of how incredible the scene was the day before Thanksgiving: a rare view of sparkling blue sky in Houston and how magnificiant this Church appears to those that drive by it.

Regarding the Community Thanksgiving Service, the following is a quote taken from the internet: Braes Interfaith Ministries is an extension of the ministries of our neighborhood congregations (Southwest Ministerial Association), helping us to do together what we could not do well alone, as we care for hungry and hurting people in this area of Houston," says David Roschke, pastor of Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church (www.salemhouston.org Will open in a new tab or window/).
This GigaPan is the first GigaPan I have taken with the robot in some time and I am most pleased with the results. It is a 46 column by 20 row (920 stitched photos) GigaPan taken with a Canon SX110 camera and stitched with the GigaPan Stitcher. Additional details can be found in Stitcher Notes with information concerning the GigaPan Stitcher run.

Note: This absolutely glorious panorama can be seen in Google Earth as a curved panorama on a curved surface by clicking the link, View in Google Earth (assuming that you have Google Earth installed on your computer).

*Braes Interfaith Ministries is comprised of these member congregations:
Bethany United Methodist Church
Braeswood Assembly of God
Congregation Beth Israel
Corpus Christi Catholic Church
St. George's/St Patrick's Episcopal Church
St. John's Presbyterian Church
St. Philip's United Methodist Church
Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church
Southwest Central Church of Christ
Westbury Baptist Church
Westbury United Methodist Church
Willow Meadows Baptist Church

Gigapan Comments (8)

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  1. David Engle

    David Engle (December 30, 2009, 04:52PM )

    If you go to an Apple Store in your neighborhood and look at this GigaPan on their 30-inch monitor or any of your GigaPans or anyone elses, and after stretching the window to full size, select Launch Full Scree Viewer, I predict that you will stay in the Apple Store for the rest of the day. I am not trying to sell Apple monitors; I am simply saying that seeing these beautiful GigaPans on a 30-inch monitor are simply breath-taking in their beauty. Note: the blue sky helps a bit :)

  2. Tom Nelson

    Tom Nelson (December 30, 2009, 04:26PM )

    Beautiful! I too have sky envy!

  3. David Engle

    David Engle (November 29, 2009, 10:49AM )

    Thanks Illah :) It took an hour and 45 minutes to capture the scene, but was worth every second of waiting while the robot performed; the blue sky sky was intense and everything gleamed ... all the way from the top of the steeple across the campus down to the pen in the Pastor's pocket. From this experience, and from a little help from my friends, I hope that I can take more church GigaPans and actually see them embedded into websites.

  4. Illah Nourbakhsh

    Illah Nourbakhsh (November 29, 2009, 09:14AM )

    Outstanding shot- nearly 4 billion!

  5. David Engle

    David Engle (November 27, 2009, 09:07AM )

    Thanks Payam for your kind comments. Blue sky is a catalyst to me to use the robot, but due to constant clouds, I suffered all summer long. Again, thanks and I hope to see more of your GigaPans soon.

  6. Payam Rahmani

    Payam Rahmani (November 27, 2009, 07:18AM )

    920 shots, great. The result is great, too! You should use the robot more :) Very well done.

  7. David Engle

    David Engle (November 27, 2009, 06:16AM )

    I was very surprised to see the blue sky too. This GigaPan is not the first of mine that had sparkling blue sky. One taken during April at Rice is similar: www.gigapan.org/gigapans/21602/ .

  8. The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661"

    The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" (November 27, 2009, 04:14AM )

    Wow - I have sky envy! It is all grey and cloudy in the UK and has been for weeks.

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Stitcher Notes


GigaPan Stitcher version 0.4.4087 (Macintosh)
Panorama size: 3651 megapixels (106810 x 34185 pixels)
Input images: 920 (46 columns by 20 rows)
Field of view: 200.6 degrees wide by 64.2 degrees high (top=42.7, bottom=-21.5)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon PowerShot SX110 IS
Image size: 3456x2592 (9.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2008-11-25 11:30:45 - 2008-11-25 12:44:40
Aperture: f/8
Exposure time: 0.00625
ISO: 80
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 357.6 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Automatic
Exposure mode: Manual
Horizontal overlap: 31.5 to 50.6 percent
Vertical overlap: 25.5 to 42.5 percent
Computer stats: 2048 MB RAM, 2 CPUs
Total time 15:24:58 (1:00 per picture)
Alignment: 4:51:30, Projection: 59:44, Blending: 9:33:43

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