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Panoramic Verticals – Fun Photography

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I’ll never forget the first time I saw a panoramic photograph. It was as if I’d been frozen in place. I couldn’t move away. I couldn’t stop looking at it. Now it didn’t hurt that these first panoramic images were by Joseph Meehan, a true artist by the way. But in any event, the sight of these pictures changed my photographic career.

I have done panoramic work with actual panoramic cameras and with post processing tricks like stitching in Photoshop. Whichever you choose, don’t forget one thing. Panoramas look great as verticals too.

The picture above was made in Glacier National Park in 2003. It was shot on film, on a Hasselblad X-Pan and then drum scanned for publication. The photo editor who bought it told me she specifically selected it because as a vertical, it was different than anything she’d recently seen.

If you want to try something different, try spending an afternoon or weekend just shooting and composing vertical panoramas. It should help you see in a whole new way.