Photographer's Note

Tomorrow is Sunday, so it goes another church.

About the church:

This is the South face of the cathedral of Girona. Most of the actual building is Gothic and dates from th 14th and 15th centuries, when the existing Romanesque cathedral built in the early 11th century underwent a major renovation. The cloister and the tower are still from the 11th century. The Romanesque church replaced the existing mosque (Muslim Moors occupied the city for most of the 8th century and on several occasions after that until 1015). In turn, that mosque occupied the place of an older church - the first see of Girona was erected here in 247. There were other construction works, namely of the main façade, which is from the 18th century, and some stained glasses of the 20th century.

Its interior is quite unique because, contrarily to other large churches, it has only one nave, which is the widest Gothic nave in the world, with its 23 meters (75.4 ft), and the second widest nave in the world after St. Peter's in Rome, which is 25 meters (82 ft) wide. It also houses one of the few existing Romanesque rugs, known as the Tapís de la Creació (Tapestry of the Creation), which is actually an embroidery and not a tapestry. It was made probably in the 11th century and it was used as baldachin. It measures 3.65 by 4.7 meters (12 x 15.4 ft).

About the photo and PP:

This is a not so successful stitch of 5 shots. I call it unsuccessful not so much because I consider it so lousy, but because I was hoping that it turned out better, or at least less troublesome to produce, when I made the shots, because, contrarily to my bad habit of taking few shots that then reveal not being enough to compensate for the perspective corrections, I thought this time I had done plenty of shots (24). It's clear that I have still a long way to go until I manage well this stitching thing, at least in cases like this one, where more than two or three images are needed. I think I know what are my major mistakes, but I keep doing them: not using a much wider coverage than what I want to put in the final image and using too wide angles (short focal lengths). One could think that it is wise to use the widest angle possible to be able to cover more space with less shots, but the problem is that the perspective distortion is prone to be more problematic than the use of more images.

I think that this stitch produced with Hugin, a free specialised software which I like to think that I know reasonably well already, was as hard, if not harder to produce than this one I did more than a year ago completely "by hand", using 9 shots. The first problem was selecting which images to use - in this matter, quantity doesn't help, but it's safer to have more than needed than finding that something is missing. I started with 6 images, but no matter the adjustments I made (plenty of marking "common points", lines, crops, etc.), the stitch was much flawy. After many tries with other images, I finally ended up using only 5. You may wonder why 5 and not 4 or 6; well, four was almost enough, but the only way that the stitch came out well in the right part implied a hole in the sky and in the upper right corner of the church, so I had to add another piece of image just for that part. Even so, I had to use some cloning in some of the upper parts and in the interface between the tower and the wall above the door. I did all of this in three different occasions, not only because I got tired, but also because I gave up twice; then I thought that it didn't make sense giving up after all the work I had.

WS#1 - 4 of the 5 images used in the stitch.

WS#2 - Exterior view of the apse.

Link to all my posts of Girona: ***

Location (latitude, longitude): 41.9869,2.8261 (the link points to an interesting feature of Microsoft Maps / Live Search).

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