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Lyndon Baines Johnson's Oval Office in LBJ Library in Austin, Texas by David Engle

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David Engle David Engle
Explore score
0.06 Gigapixels
Date added
Feb 20, 2010
Date taken
Feb 19, 2010

Leica D-Lux 3


Three LBJ Library panoramas can be see via this link: tinyurl.com/LBJ-Library Will open in a new tab or window
This is a link to a mp3 file of LBJ talking to Gordon Bunshaft discussing putting a copy of the Oval Office in his future library: www.lbjlib.utexas.edu/johnson/archives.hom/Dictabelt.hom/highlights/janapril1968/bunshaftA2417-13/13533.mp3 Will open in a new tab or window
All the Way With LBJ: This visit to the LBJ Library in Austin presented an overwhelming amount of memories from a much earlier time in the life of this Country and in my life too. I have a *number* of books about LBJ, and due to so many events that were shaping our Nation on a daily basis, that was the most exciting time of my young life.

I am a big fan of Robert Caro's, who is *the* biographer of Lyndon Baines Johnson, and was hoping to see him on this visit to the LBJ Library. He was not there when I was, but hopefully, one day I will meet him. While I was there I took a few panoramas and I share this one with those that might have an interest in the most powerful President the United States has ever had and the most effective Senate majority leader in history. Love LBJ or dislike him, but all will should agree that he desired power, sought-out power, found power and used it effectively.

This 10-photo panorama was taken hand-held using a Leica D-Lux 3 and stitched using the GigaPan Stitcher.

Note: This 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).

Gigapan Comments (7)

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  1. David Engle

    David Engle (November 04, 2011, 07:37AM )

    November 2nd, it was announced that Robert Caro will have his new book about LBJ in print next May: www.google.com/hostednews/ap/artic le/ALeqM5hYrNdxMgR6s6xnGc8x6GcHmhrxjw?docId=5b3c3f cacee848a9a8f9891bcc7ec0e1 Will open in
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  2. David Engle

    David Engle (February 23, 2010, 03:10AM )

    I suspect that I had missed a sign about not taking photography or had not heard him early on when they first speak to us. Back in the 80's, I went to the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London to see the part of the museum dedicated to Admiral Lord Nelson and at that time, there was no problem about taking photos; however, now it is near impossible to do so. But on a trip to the Getty Museum in Los Angeles (when it first opened), photography was allowed, but I found it very distracting. That is why I waited until the Oval Office area and Lady Bird's office were clear before taking the few photos I did.

  3. The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661"

    The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" (February 22, 2010, 10:47PM )

    I suppose the Tower does contain the Crown Jewels so there is possible argument to be made about security, although it is much more likely imo that some minor functionary felt that people taking photographs was an invasion of his/her domain.

  4. David Engle

    David Engle (February 21, 2010, 03:22PM )

    Kilgore, a number of years ago, I took a tour of the Tower of London and whilst there, I happened to take a photo of Traitor's Gate and the tour guide became very, very upset with me for taking the photo. I thought later that had there been a Beefeater (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yeomen_Warde rs Will open in a new tab or window) close by where I was, I might have been taken to the block and lost my head. Nowadays, I am very careful not to offend those that have a sign saying, *No Photography Allowed.*

  5. David Engle

    David Engle (February 21, 2010, 03:12PM )

    Tom, had there been people in the room with me, for their sake, I would not have taken this panorama when I did. As you can imagine, there are items to be seen in the LBJ Library that bring back to thos that see them, a flood of memories ... some good and some that arn't so good. I met one person a few feet from where I stood to take this panorama who had served in Vietnam and after all these many years, this was his first visit to the Library and you could easily see that he was affected by what he was seeing.

  6. The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661"

    The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" (February 21, 2010, 05:55AM )

    Agreed Tom!

  7. Tom Nelson

    Tom Nelson (February 21, 2010, 05:41AM )

    At a time when many public areas are off-limits to photography, it's refreshing to see this panorama was allowed. Nice job with hand-held alignment, too. Well done, David!

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Stitcher Notes


GigaPan Stitcher version 1.0.0726 (Macintosh)
Panorama size: 60 megapixels (14760 x 4076 pixels)
Input images: 10 (10 columns by 1 rows)
Field of view: 188.4 degrees wide by 52.0 degrees high (top=18.8, bottom=-33.3)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: LEICA
Camera model: D-LUX 3
Image size: 2376x4224 (10.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2010-02-19 15:18:55 - 2010-02-19 15:19:47
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure time: 0.0333333
ISO: 100
Focal length (35mm equiv.): unknown
White balance: unknown
Exposure mode: unknown
Horizontal overlap: 25.9 to 59.1 percent
Computer stats: 2048 MB RAM, 2 CPUs
Total time 1:08 (6.8 seconds per picture)
Alignment: 18 seconds, Projection: 8.1 seconds, Blending: 42 seconds
(Preview finished in 32 seconds)

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