Panoramic Photography_An Alternative Approach

Hasselblad X-PAN II camera and Hasselblad 30mm f5.6 X-PAN lens with Fuji Velvia 100F film Hasselblad X-PAN II camera and Hasselblad X-PAN 30mm f5.6 lens with Fuji Velvia 100F film

I’m sure most folks think of panoramic photography as being ultra-wide representations of grand vistas and, while I’ve made my fair share, I also enjoy taking a slightly unusual approach when working with a panoramic camera. When the scene allows it, as in the case of a waterfall, a vertical (portrait) orientation is an interesting alternative. I also love making panoramic images by moving in close and paying attention to interesting areas within the larger landscape. Combining a wide-angle lens with a relatively close camera-to-subject distance may further enhance the result.

The above image was made early in the morning on a small, quiet beach along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia. I framed the image to make the most out of the shapes, textures and vibrant colors present within the scene. Adobe Lightroom 2 and Adobe Photoshop CS4 were employed to process the digital version of the original color transparency.

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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography
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