Since upgrading to an iPhone 4S after my iPhone 4 had been drowned in the bath too many times and the screen corroded from photographic chemicals I found the panoramic mode in the camera app.
We don’t particularly have any screaming vistas like the Grand Canyon in Edinburgh, maybe the castle, but I wasn’t planning on making those kind of photos anyway but try to experiment with such a long wide frame.
What fun I’ve had so far!
I actually started with a panoramic on my way to work when I found the panoramic option by accident. I forgot the 4S had this option with the iOS 6 (or so) upgrade.
It was interesting but I hadn’t yet seen the potential for interesting compositions.
I liked this one purely for the lump of wall on the left, the yellow grit bin in the middle and the traffic lights far right. One thing I did notice was the potential of having the same person in the photo multiple times; the cyclist far right is also in the frame far left.
I liked the sky that morning but I failed to read the instructions on how you’re supposed to ‘handle’ the phone when capturing. I was swinging my hand up and down when I could easily just tilt the camera in my hand.
I believe these were the frames that made me realise I could do something interesting with this mode. I also saw its limitations especially when motion was involved, you can see a digital jitter on the seat(s) far right of the frames above and on the left in the image below.
Things Get Silly
Why should a panoramic photo be landscape?
Well, it’s strange but I can see something interesting coming out of this orientation so I’ll probably be exploring it more.
This is an example of my continued fascination with compartmentalised frames within photos and a self portrait in the process (and a heavy nasty cold).
Edinburgh At Night
This next series of images shows how movement can make something simple become a little abstract.
Movement plays havoc with the app and I love it, you get an interesting digital jitter which looks both horrible and appealing at the same time. Definitely more of this to come.
Here are a few more ‘normal’ examples.
After playing with this mode I started thinking about replicating this long bendy image format in a real camera so I tweeted out to the BelieveInFilm community for a few suggestions.
After a re-tweet by @FilmDevelop I got many replies with suggestions, all pretty excellent, but with money as a factor as I’d spent a lot of money recently with the homemade 16×20 camera plus 2 large lenses.
I’d love to but couldn’t possibly afford a Hasselblad XPan right now and the Russian Horizon or Widelux cameras have both gathered significant financial ‘dust’ and are now in the £200-£300 region.
The other option was the sprocket rocket but after having a flick through this post by Egor sent to me by @mondostic I realised I was looking for a swing lens camera so I am now left with the Lomo 360 Spinner.
Before I go blasting cash on a Lomo 360 Spinner (it’s my birthday soon so maybe) I did have one other idea – MAKE ONE! I’ve absolutely NO IDEA how but I plan to give it a try, the format will probably be 35mm.
I’ll end with anther thank you to the BelieveInFilm guys and gals on ‘the twitter’.