14. December 2007

Panographies – Panoramas with Creative Chaos

Usually you see panoramas only as cleanly cut photos in ultra wide format (like this one for example). They are commonly created from several separate shots, but overlapping parts are removed.

Panographie von Photojojo

Not so with “panographies”. They utilize the creative chaos as distinctive element. Hard intersections are deliberate and essential. The more, the better.

There is a short tutorial at Photojojo which shows how to create such panographies. Following this tutorial, you more or less have to puzzle the images together in photoshop.

I hope there are easier ways. Some panorama programs (like hugin+autopano for example) can align panoramas automatically and output them as photoshop file with seperate layers. I think this could save some work with panographies – I did not test that, though.

More Panographies

» Photojojo
» Flickr group „Panography“

(via Kreativrauschen.de)

Topics: chaospanographypanoramaphotographyphotos

24. November 2007

Vertical Panoramas II – Tunnel Vision

Tunnel Panorama

Vertical panoramas are not only interesting under clear sky. The panorama at the left was shot in a tunnel.

The tunnel has a semi circled ceiling. The panorama was shot exactly from the center, so the semi circle transforms into straight lines.

I really like how the ceiling in this photo looks as if it was an upright wall with a paved ceiling at the top. :)

Topics: panoramaphototunnel

20. October 2007

Vertical Panoramas I – World on the Edge

Vertical Panorama - World on the Edge

How comes that most panoramas are horizontal?

I believe, vertical panoramas can provide a much more unusual perspective on the world.

I shot this panorama, for example, near Schloss Rosenstein in Stuttgart, Germany. A small path led through a green park down to a kind of viewing platform. From there you have a great view at… railway tracks and a cemented landscape. A beautiful contrast which is emphasized by the “falling” view on the world of the vertical panorama.

Topics: naturepanoramaphoto

6. March 2007

xRez – Gigapixel panoramas

Most of you probably heard of the Gigapxl Project. They produce digital images with a stunning resolution of several thousand Megapixels. The Gigapxl Project uses custom-built large format cameras, a technique quite unavailable for most people.


xRez, on the other hand, specialized on producing gigapixel images without special equipment. Instead of taking one gigantic image, they shoot hundreds of pictures with cameras, no different than those that are used in photo journalism. Then, they stitch those hundreds of shots together to get a gigapixel picture.

At their website, there is a nice gallery of some panoramas they have produced. Interestingly, those panoramas are shown as a Google Maps application, so you can pan and zoom as you like. Fun.

xRez also uses their high resolution footage to create special effects. There are several demo videos available.

(via Photoshop-Weblog)

Topics: gigapixelpanoramaphotography

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