I discussed the idea of doing panorama photographs with my tutor and some of my classmates. It seems to have gone down ok but it looks like the only way I am going to be able to do it is by taking several photos and stitching them together.
I still want to use film so I am going to experiment with a 6×9 Fuji Rangefinder camera that we have available to borrow from the college stores. It is classed as a medium format camera so the negatives will be quite large and have plenty of detail in them. I will need to scan them into the computer and stitch them together in photoshop to get the panoramas though.
We also talked about nodal points which I still haven’t really got my head around. Despite that I have been to Alkborough flats and practised taking photos for a panorama using my usual camera and a nifty bracket that my tutor lent me. I can attach it to the underside of my camera making it stand backwards of the tripod to compensate for the distortion that can occur as you sweep the camera round. You can see more in the blog entry Alkborough Panorama.
The winners of the Epson International Pano Awards 2015 competition have been announced and the standard is incredibly high. These are some of the winning photographs.
Amateur Award Winner – Nature / Landscape MATEUSZ PIESIAK, POLAND Phantoms of the Morning, Barycz Valley
Amateur Award Winner – Built Environment / Architecture JOHN FINNAN, AUSTRALIA Foggy Sunrise at Wallaces Hut, Australia
Open Award Winner – Built Environment / Architecture DARREN MOORE, UNITED KINGDOM Broadway Tower, Worcestershire, United Kingdom
Open Award Winner – Nature / Landscape MAX RIVE, NETHERLANDS The Ice Prison, Himalayas, Nepal
I’m not sure I can do anything up to this standard but it certainly is something to aspire to. If any of my Constable photos do turn out as good as this I will enter when the 2016 competition opens in April.
For 2015 the entry fee was $16 or $20 per photograph depending on which category you entered and the prizes were up to $5,000.
Lois Connor is a New York based photographer that is known for her black and white 7″ x 17″ large format panoramic platinum prints. She has photographed and exhibited internationally but she has a real affinity for China and has photographed the country extensively.
Connor sensitises all of her paper with platinum in order to print the photographs herself. With the ease of digital this is part of the process that isn’t often focussed on these days.
These are a few of my favourite Connor photographs.
This is a nice video interview in which Conner explains her background and how she became interested in the Ming Dynasty and came to photograph so much in China.
I really like the look of these large panoramic, black and white film photographs. The detail is incredible, the large scale is impressive and because they are in black and white they have a timeless quality. Many of the images include movement because of they have a long exposure which gives them a sense of fluidity.
I wonder if I can do something similar with my FMP Constable images. I’d certainly like to do something that includes this kind of detail and is viewed in large scale. It would certainly solve the problem of me not being able to fit everything I want to into the camera frame.