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Location: Pantheon (Rome)      by: Jan Lindgaard Rasmussen
Area: Italy      Date: 2017-02-17, 10:42
In 2017 my family, after much begging, finally convinced me to make a visit to a metropole (I strongly prefer rural landscapes). We went to Rome, since especially my wife and daughter wanted to go there. I can honestly admit, that I was swept away by The Eternal City, and so I was very happy we went there.

We had a short want-list (in particular The Vatican, Pantheon, Colosseum, and Palatino), but otherwise we would just wander through the city each day, and see as much as possible. These many wonders strongly affected us, much more than we expected. It was as if all the sub-conscious hidden knowledge and awe was brought to mind at the same time, and we spend much more time around them than we planned from the start. That was also the case with the Pantheon. I was surprised how the interior also blew me away, and not just the oculus i the ceiling. that, and the self-supporting dome in ancient-made concrete are famous, and more can be learned here:,_Rome

Before our travel I thought of this as ITALIAN wonders, but I honestly felt these buildings and ruins transcended that mindset. The concept of "world heritage" began to make sense for me.

Original a riddle: Please don't look for errors, you will most certainly find some :-) Browsing through my still rather short portfolio, it is no secret that I visited Rome 2 years ago. That narrows things down a bit, I guess. I wonder if anybody recognizes this place. As you can see, there are many others like me visiting the place. It can easily be deduced that it is a sacred place. Of the vast amount of roman churches, this is one of those that stand out in severel respect.

Pano made from 21 HF (RAW), Canon 6D, 50mm, iso-3200, 1/160 s, f/5,6, developed in DPP (3500K, neutral, moderate sharpness, periphal illumination), stitched in PTGui pro, downscaling and sharpening in Irfanview.


Given the circular arrangement, this is not too hard ;-) In my eyes, one of the most amazing buildings of the world, given it's age, it's daring construction and state of preservation. Cheers, Martin
2019/02/10 19:11 , Martin Kraus
It is not a riddle. But I never had the courage to do it ;-)
2019/02/10 20:13 , Giuseppe Marzulli
Apart from the not-riddle (as Giuseppe said)... 
... I congratulate you because it is not easy to photograph a so crowded place, full of people on the move, without making too many mistakes of overlapping or doubling.
Ciao, Alvise
2019/02/11 09:07 , Alvise Bonaldo
Following the big information post 
in the last quarter of the panorama, it could be a church dedicated to Holy Mary close to some martyrs. ;-)
2019/02/11 19:23 , Matthias Knapp
Description added 
:-) As you all don't mention, this is very truly from the Pantheon. In hindsight, I am almost ashamed to say that I wouldn't be able to recognize it myself, if I hadn't been there, so I am very happy, and not surprised, to learn that severel members here knows the place. I also sense an emotional founded bond from you, that I can strongly relate to. BR Jan.
2019/02/12 16:41 , Jan Lindgaard Rasmussen
Mein erster Gedanke war, dass ich das schon mal im Kino gesehen habe. Jetzt ist mir auch eingefallen, wo das war. Tom Hanks alias Robert Langdon in der Verfilmung des Dan-Brown-Thrillers "Sakrileg".

Kein einfaches Sujet, das du dir da ausgesucht hast. Viele Leute, hoher Dynamikumfang. Ich denke, das Bild würde noch gewinnen, wenn du auf die 360 °-Darstellung verzichtest und das Eingangsportal rausnimmst. Dann könntest du auch das Bild etwas mehr aufhellen, wobei die Dunkelheit den mysthischen Charakter des Ortes gut unterstreicht.
2019/02/13 14:57 , Dieter Leimkötter
Very impressive and great work, Jan - thanks for sharing !!!

Best regards, Hans-Jörg
2019/02/13 21:12 , Hans-Jörg Bäuerle
@Dieter: Thank you very much for your competent suggestions. They are highly relevant, and should be expressed. For various reasons I prefer to leave it as it is. I will argue for them here:

I thought about the entrance part a lot when I made the pano. I considered leaving it out, I considered dividing with each side in the start and end of the pano, and I considered this way. The intuitive way for me would be at the start and end, so one gets a natural framing, start and end, and most of the blinding effect can be cut off. I however chose this way, because I on the site perceived the entrance as very important for the experience inside.

Regarding the brightness, it also expresses my experience from being there; it is a sparsely lit church. The main light source is the oculus in the ceiling. In this article there is a good example of how it is felt (scroll down a little): I actually also consulted your pano #21145, which I consider somewhat a reference work, when adjusting the brightness. I didn't want to make it that bright, with no windows in the church.

Given other imperfections also, I leave this as a work "from the heart", as a reference to top. A future pano should also incorporate the oculus and the light from it, somehow. I would look forward to that!
2019/02/13 23:26 , Jan Lindgaard Rasmussen

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