I love shooting panoramic photographs. “Oh, he’s shooting another one of those panos,” was a common refrain from my mom while I was traveling with her through Cambodia recently. I’ve been doing it for years, ever since stitching photos together to make a pano was a largely manual, finicky process on a Mac. Check out this one of Main Street in Whitehorse, Yukon, from December 21, 1997.
Nowadays pretty much every camera and smartphone can automatically create panos. I mostly use my iPhone 5, which is capable of producing near-perfect panos no matter what. I also use a Google Nexus 4 which has a new feature called “Photo Sphere,” but that’s generally pretty hit and miss. But when it hits, the results can be spectacular. Just for fun, here are a few of my favourite panos that I’ve shot recently. Despite the technology, though, panos are extremely prone to error, which is one of the things I like about them. The visual aberrations often make for interesting results.
Edmonton’s economy seems to rely on liquor. Really, every second store seems to be a liquor store.
This is a shot of a big new park with an outdoor swimming pool on the island of Taipa in Macau.
This image is a great example of what you can do with the “Photo Sphere” feature on a Google Nexus 4 phone. This is inside the Venetian casino in Macau.
Cole and I went a bit off the beaten tourist path at Angkor Watt to explore this temple.
One of the most shocking things we saw in Cambodia was the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Formerly a public school, it was converted to a detention and interrogation centre by the Khmer Rouge. Here’s my son Cole standing in a room that was used for torture and interrogation, left largely as it was found.
At the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, they’ve left the facility as it was found. This is a classroom that was converted to a crude jail. Instructions to prisoners were still on the chalkboard.
Hong Kong airport is already impressive with its vaulted ceilings that seem to curve around you. Shooting a pano of the environment just accentuates that.
Panos are often meant to be sweeping, but not always. Here Cole and I crammed into the bathroom on an Air Canada jet during our flight back to Vancouver from Hong Kong.
I shot this pano of Lost Lake just the other day. It’s another great example of the Nexus 4’s Photo Sphere feature.