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The Great Hall of the National Academy of Sciences. Imaging Research Center, UMBC, Photo by Dan Bailey
Raising the 60 foot tripod to shot the dome of the Great Hall at the National Academy of Sciences. Imaging Research Center, UMBC, Photo by Dan Bailey

May 25, 2012.      The Imaging Research Center (IRC) at UMBC is creating an iPad app for visitors to explore and understand the gold-leaf painted dome of the Great Hall at the National Academy of Sciences.  The building, which was built in the 1920s and sits on the National Mall, was recently refurbished.

The dome depicts an early 20th Century view of Science.  Viewers will be able use the iPad to understand the icons, glyphs, and images that describe the organization of science at that time.

Part of the process for creating the app was to photograph the interior of the dome in high resolution full 360 degree photography.  The IRC spent most of a day using a Nikon D80o, a variety of lenses, but most importantly, a 60 foot tripod to get close to the ceiling.  These images will be stitched together to form the complete dome.  The iPad, using its internal compass, accelerometer, and GPS, will align this image to the real world that the visitor is standing in.

Below is a time lapse video of the setup and a link to the 360/180 degree full panorama of the space.  Enjoy.

 


National Academy of Science Great Hall in Washington, DC

Looking up past the 60 foot tripod to the dome of the Great Hall. Imaging Research Center, UMBC, Photo by Morgan Bailey