Last week I had some time to kill in the San Francisco area and, despite living in the area for a few years, I had never visited Oakland’s Catholic Cathedral.
The Cathedral of Christ the Light emerged as the legacy of the former St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, which was destroyed in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.
The Cathedral’s Mausoleum is a unique and sacred site replicates the tradition of the early Church to place the remains of the faithful at the grounds of the Church. The mausoleum has 1,300 spaces for crypts and 1,850 niches for cremated remains. There are also 12 crypts reserved for the past, present and future Bishops of Oakland.
The Cathedral, like others, is an ideal place to explore bracketing and creating indoor panoramas. The two images below show a bracketed view of the Mausoleum and the handheld vertirama gives an impression of the huge inside.
Both images were captured with a Canon S95 Point and Shoot: which goes to prove you can achieve a lot these days by traveling light and shooting in RAW.