day in August 2007
an intrepid band of parishioners wriggled their way to the top of
St Faith's bell-tower and brought the church bell - which had been more
or less out of action for some months - back into working order.
While he was up there, Denis Griffiths
took the opportunity to take a
sequence of digital still photographs of the parish and further afield
through 360 degrees. Using ingenious stitching and blending software,
he converted these into a seamless (well, almost seamless
- can you spot the join?)
all-round panorama, which he then
made into a panoramic movie.
Clicking on one of the links below will download a Quicktime movie (if
your computer doen't have Apple Quicktime, you will be prompted to
download it... or you can access the download here)
When it is saved, enlarge the file to full size
(it will occupy about half your screen), then click and hold down the
minus button below the still image to fit the picture fully into the
window. Release, then position the cursor on any part of the
image to produce a hand pointer. Dragging the cursor to the left or
produces a continuous panorama through 360 degrees, with main compass
points and some landmarks of buildings and other features at the top of
the picture coming in as you move round. You may need to experiment
with mouse, settings and pointer to achieve success. Enjoy...!
Two links are provided below. Please note that they are large
files, which will take some time to save and open, depending on your
connection speed. Recommended for broadband only, unless you have time
to spare! For low-capacity broadband, the smaller file may be better.
The recommended procedure is to right click and select 'Save target as'
to download the appropriate file to your desktop or selected location.
Files can then be opened in the usual way. If the movie files are
too big for your computer or connection, you can enjoy the views by
using the third and fourth links below.
HERE to access and download the smaller Quicktime movie
(quicker download and slightly lower quality)
HERE to access and download the larger Quicktime movie.
HERE to access the individual still pictures from which Denis
made the panorama carousel
for some striking close-ups of churches, streets
and other features seen from the bell-tower
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