PANORAMIC FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY

Seattle, Washington

WHAT IS A PANORAMIC FINE ART PRINT?

Panoramic photographs come in all shapes and sizes. But to be more specific, a panorama photograph starts when it's twice as wide as it is tall. Therefore 2:1 ratio to start. I know some photographers like to have their panoramas much wider so more of a 5:1 ratio to get the entire scene in the image. That would be 5 feet wide and 1 foot tall. I used to have some images like that but I found they didn't look right. I prefer the 2:1 ratio as it's a more manageable size. According to the dictionary, the word Panorama means the view of a wide area. By creating a panoramic image of a scene, I'm able to capture a very wide area to show the scene as my eye saw it and not just a small portion.

fall color on the million dollar highway near Red Mountain Pass.
Add more panorama fine art prints to your home gallery. Million Dollar Highway Fall Color. Limited Edition of 100 prints available.

HOW ARE PANORAMA PHOTOGRAPHS MADE?

When I first got in to photography and I wanted to get an entire scene in the image, I thought I needed a wider lens. I took a 1 day photography workshop with Justin Reznick and he told me to make a panorama. I was just learning so I had no idea how to do this. It is quite simple. Make sure the camera and tripod are level, point your camera at one side of the scene, take the first image, turn the camera for the next image but overlap the first image by around 30%. Continue doing this until you have the all the images you need. But make sure you have more images than you need. Therefore, you can crop out what you don't need because you can't add in what you don't have. Now use Photoshop or Lightroom to stitch all the images together. I have a preset crop factor of 2:1 in Photoshop so it makes it easier to get the size I want. Another way to make a panorama photograph is to use a tilt-shift lens but that is a topic for another blog.

Panoramic image of Bryce Canyon Hoodoos at sunrise from Inspiration Point.

Bryce Canyon National Park offers some of the most unique landscapes of any location I have been to. The famous Hoodoos. Hoodoo actually means "to bewitch" and that is how I felt seeing these for the first time. The reason they are hoodoos and not spires is due to the totem pole shape and variable thickness. Spires have a smoother, uniform thickness. Hoodoos were carved thousands of years ago with water, ice, and gravity. Limited Edition of 100 prints available.

ADVANTAGE OF PURCHASING PANORAMA FINE ART PRINTS

When purchasing a fine art panorama photograph the image most likely captures the entire scene and not a small section of it. For instance, the image above this paragraph is from Bryce Canyon National Park showing the famous Hoodoos. While it is not quite the entire scene, it's a good portion of it. Now think of this as a 2:3 format and you can imagine how much of the scene it won't show. When you purchase a panoramic fine art print knowing it will be above your bed or couch, it will fit nicely with the dimensions of the print. The 2:1 format of a panorama fine art print looks different and will stand out in any location. When I started incorporating panorama photographs into my workflow, many scenes I was photographing became more than I could imagine. Instead of buying an image that one has one mountain, you can purchase a fine art print that has the entire mountain range. Well, at least most of the range. I realize one photograph can't have the entire Cascade or Rocky Mountains.

panoramic image from Dallas Divide in colorado with Mount Sneffels in the background.
Capturing the Dallas Divide with a Panorama. Ridgway Scenic Overlook Panorama. Limited Edition of 100 prints available.

CAPTURING THE SCENE

When I mentioned using a wider lens before I knew about panoramas, many times using an ultra wide lens like a 12mm or maybe a 16mm would be needed for the entire scene. But the issue is that anything in the background will be real small and won't reflect how the scene looks. Therefore, using a longer focal length allows the image to look like what the eye sees. Maybe I can use a 50 mm or 70 mm lens and 6 images to create one panorama which will cause the background to be much more lifelike as the image becomes "compressed". "Image Compression" is another topic for different blog. Purchasing fine art panoramic prints will show the entire scene of a location in your home gallery that most people will not have. When I mention I create panorama prints, many people do not understand what they are. Now you can have a unique image others won't have.

CONCLUSION

Basically, you need to purchase panoramic prints from me to stand out from all your friends. So, have you made the purchase yet? What are you waiting for? Since I started making panoramas, I feel my fine art prints have become more than I was expecting. Creating a unique look by showing almost an entire scene, the viewer can experience this for themselves when purchasing fine art panoramic prints. Please reach out with any questions about panoramic prints using my Contact Page.

black and white panorama of downtown Seattle

A black and white panoramic cityscape photograph of downtown Seattle. This black and white photograph shows the sloping city from right to left with the Columbia Tower on the right and the Space Needle on the left. Black and white photography shows the depth and dimension of a city’s skyline more than a color image. Limited edition of 100 prints available.

monochrome panorama of San Francisco

A panoramic photograph of downtown San Francisco. Standing on Pier 14 at sunset watching the lights of the city turn on made for a magical scene with Salesforce Tower in the background. This panoramic photograph shows the beauty of monochrome photography. I didn't want to go full black and white so I chose a little color with some color grading techniques. Limited edition of 100 prints available.