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I hope you'll forgive me for posting another stitching experiment that didn't succeed well. The main reason I am posting is that I expected even worse results, so I don't resist showing it.

Everything I have read on stitching stresses that short focal lengths should be avoided because they produce great distortions that are hardly corrected when the stitching is done, but I wanted to see what happens when we don't follow that advice. If I had any doubts about Didi, the most skilfull "stitcher" I know, being right when he uses a lot of shots to make some of his stitches, this experiment would made me change my opinion, but I wanted to try myself what could I get with 5 shots taken with 12 mm. I concluded what I already expected: no matter I hard I tried tweaking the only software I use, Hugin, this was the better I achieved.

I posted the original shots used on the stitch as a WS.

Like all the Spanish cathedrals I know, it's an amazing and massive building and its location in the centre of the medieval part of the town, with its narrow streets and small squares, makes it look even more impressive, as we have to turn our neck really high to be able to see its tops. That makes it also very difficult to photograph. It is considered the oldest Gothic cathedral in Spain, although the oldest parts are still Romanesque. Some historians state that its construction started in 1091, just after the reconquest of the city by the Christian troops of Castilla, on the site of the remains of an older church that suffered much on successive Muslim attacks, others state that the construction only started in the 12th century. The works only ended completely in the 15th century.

An interesting thing about the cathedral is that its back is part of the famous city walls built on the 11th century; another one is that it is home of a lot of storks, which can do a lot of noise with their beaks. We slept in a hotel just beside the cathedral and we heard that noise all night long. I guess that it was worse if we heard traffic instead.

Related Wikipedia links:

• Ávila: English, Spanish.

• Cathedral: English, Spanish.

• City walls: Spanish.

Link to all my posts of Avila: *.

Location (latitude, longitude): 40.65588,-4.69793

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