Fairview Park Steps

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Lots of Steps

Cincinnati, on the banks of the Ohio River, sets in a valley and is surrounded by hills. There are several sets of long stairways around town, some still maintained, a lot have disintegrated. These date from the earlier days of the city before car travel was practical. This was how people got up to the “new” neighborhoods up on the hills. Here is one of the longer sets, part maintained, part disintegrated. The bottom part is still maintained and has about 200 steps from W McMicken Ave up to Fairview Park Rd, across Fairview the steps used to continue up to Warner St. This set is now closed and decaying. See panos of both sets by clicking the image above.

St. Mark’s Catholic Church

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St. Mark's Church

St. Mark’s Church in Cincinnati, Ohio was recently shut down and the community merged with a few other small parish communities at another location. It is currently being utilized by a group that hopes to be able to restore the church for use as a dedicated parish centered on the traditional latin liturgy. Click on the above image to take a virtual tour through St. Mark’s Church via 10 different interactive panoramas.

Fausto Ferrari Barber Shop

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Fausto Ferrari

Fausto has been working in his downtown Cincinnati, Ohio shop since 1957. I thought it was interesting that there were still banners from his 50th anniversary year in 2007, 4 years ago. He is also an accomplished musician with skills in playing the accordion, mandolin, guitar and clarinet. He is rather comfortable in front of the camera as over the years numerous newspaper and TV stories have featured him and his shop.

Cincinnati Reds Opening Day 2011

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Cincinnati Reds 2011 Opening Day

This years opening day featured the usual Findlay Market Parade and other festivities the likes that only an opening day in Cincinnati can bring. The weather was a little on the cool side but not so much that it dampened spirits. The Reds however were very cool, trailing the Milwaukee Brewers the whole game until the bottom of the ninth inning when Ramon Hernandez hit a walk off two-out, three-run homer, giving a 7-6 win to the Cincinnati Reds and capping off another exciting opening day in Cincinnati.

MAM – Milwaukee Art Museum

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Milwaukee Art Museum

This very striking building has become a symbol for the city of Milwaukee. The movable, “briese soleil” or sun-shade look like giant gull wings which actually fold down at night or during inclement weather. Designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, the Quadracci Pavilion received in the 2004 Outstanding Structure Award from the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering.

Holy Family Church Virtual Tour

Here is a Virtual Tour featuring multiple viewpoints (nodes) of Holy Family Church in Dayton, Ohio. This church is staffed by the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) and is the only parish in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati where The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and all the Sacraments are celebrated according to the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite exclusively.

Nave, Holy Family Church, Dayton, Ohio

Cincinnati from the Carew Tower

I was recently inspired to produce a “tower pano” from the top of the  Carew Tower in Cincinnati. The Carew Tower is the only skyscraper in Cincinnati that has an observation deck that is open to the public. The deck is actually on the top of the building with unobstructed views in all directions. Most 360around panos are taken from one viewpoint, this one was from 8 different viewpoints on the observation deck. The most effective “tower panos” are taken on buildings with straight sides so that there is a view straight down to the ground. The end result appears that you are floating high above the building when viewing the pano. The Carew Tower has numerous set backs so that there is no view straight to the ground with the resulting view appearing not quite so high above the building. Another issue is the close proximity of other tall buildings close to the Carew Tower. The creates serious parallax problems when stitching together the images from the different viewpoints, in fact this was one of the more laborious panos I have created necessitating various retouching techniques to get it all to come together. It was a nice creative and technical challenge and I feel that the end result was worth the effort.

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The view of Cincinnati from the Carew Tower
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Carew Tower Observation Deck

Union Terminal, Cincinnati

Union Terminal was originally built as a railroad terminal and opened in 1933. It now houses the Museum Center. The rotunda of this architecturally significant building features the largest half-dome in the western hemishere, 180 feet wide and 106 feet high. Be sure to visit the Little Planets page to see the interesting projections of these two images.

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The Museum Center at Union Terminal, Cincinnati, Ohio
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Union Terminal Rotunda, largest half-dome in the western hemisphere

Cincinnati Reds Baseball Opening Day 2010

Here are a few panos from the opening day parade and fans going into the Great American Ball Park. It was a most beautiful day which brought out a record crowd to view the parade with estimates of around 100,000 people lining the streets. You couldn’t go wrong by wearing red  since both the Cincinnati Reds and their opponent, the St Louis Cardinals have red as their color.

Fans entering Great American Ball Park for opening day

Shepard Fairey Murals

The Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati is hosting a retrospective exhibit of famed street artist Shepard Fairey during the spring and summer of 2010. Along with the exhibit inside the CAC, Mr. Fairey placed several murals in various locations around town. Go here to see panos of those murals in context of their environment . A couple of these locations also made for interesting Little Planet projections, see those here.

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Lightborne Fairey Planet