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The colorful umbrellas of zabbar

The colorful umbrellas of Zabbar

But where are they?   

The sea of umbrellas used to bring a shower of colour over the narrow lanes in this particular street of Zabbar and created a beautiful scene - while also protected pedestrians from the baking sun of June. Unfortunately due to strong winds and for safety precautions for passers-by the Local Council of Zabbar had no other options but to remove them. 

While you enjoy spinning this 360 you will also notice that they used to appear to be floating magically in mid-air, but the umbrellas were actually held up by a string. . The bright idea behind all this was not only attracts attention but also beautified the everyday life, primarily through the use of color. 

This might be the only 360 virtual reality image done while the umbrellas were hanging, WHO KNOWS, MAYBE ONE DAY WE WILL SEE THEM ONCE AGAIN.  

Last but not least, well done to the the Local Council and all the volunteers who dedicated their time and a lot of patience for this unique experience. 

Below is some extra information about the image. 

Camera used - Canon 7dmk2 

Lens - 6.5mm fisheye 

Mount - SV360 Panohead 

Software - Stitched in PTGUI PRO 

Post processed in PSCC - Silver efex pro.  

The mosta dome

The Mosta Dome

Here's a little story about the Dome then you can continue reading about the story behind this image.

The Mosta Dome is perhaps the most impressive church in Malta, with its’ massive rotunda, that is the third largest in the world .

It was built in 1860, and it is dedicated to the Assumption of Our Lady. During the Second World War the church was almost destroyed when, during an air raid, a 200kg bomb fell through the dome without exploding. All the 300 people attending morning mass were left unharmed. On the 9th April, 1942 the detonator was removed and a replica is now on display inside the church as a famous tourist attraction. The Mosta Dome, or Rotunda took 27 years to build and was designed by a French designer who resided in Mosta, George Grognet de Vasse.

About the image.
I captured this 360 panorama on Thursday 7th June 2018, that's three days ago and this was really not planned at all... My plan was to go down to Zabbar to photograph a 360 shot at that particular street with the colorful umbrellas hanging , but unfortunately due to strong winds they had to close the street and also the umbrellas. While driving back home really disappointed i decided to take the long way and drive all the way from zabbar to Mosta then ending up at Santa Venera but as soon as i arrived exactly near the rotunda an empty parking space was waiting for me, it was that moment that i decided to enter the church and capture this.

The image consists of 18 bracketed images and settings are below.
Exposure time 3.2 sec , 0.8 and 13 seconds at an aperture of F8.
I used a 6.5 mm fisheye lens on Canon 7Dmk2.
SV360 panohead
I merged all the images in Skylum Software Aurora HDR , Stitched in Ptgui Pro and Finalized in PS CC.

This image is best seen on a large monitor at full screen.

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