Picture This!

Our Picture This! assignment this month was panoramas, and readers responded with a host of images made with panoramic cameras, cropped large format and a goodly number of stitched images, multiple shots made with film and digital cameras brought together with various software programs. It strikes us that the panoramic "genre" is back with more power and grace than ever before, and that we're entering a new golden age of this form of image making. We also got a bunch of "vertical" panoramic shots as well, which shows us that there's more than one way to get the ultra-wide view.

Burney Falls: The grace and beauty of this series of waterfalls was captured using a stitched image technique by Mark Scheffer. He used a Canon EOS 20D with a 28-105mm lens on a Bogen tripod. Exposure was f/16 at 1/15 sec.
© 2005, Mark Scheffer, All Rights Reserved

Monument Valley: This classic panorama came to us from Dave Hughes, who worked with a Leica R4 and Leica Telyt-R 250mm lens on a Manfrotto 3221 tripod and 3030 head. He exposed Fuji Superia 100 film at f/8 at 1/125 sec and stitched 10 scanned vertical exposures together with Photoshop 6.
© 2005, Dave Hughes, All Rights Reserved

Grand Canyon: Using two photos from his Olympus C-4040Z stitched with Photoshop Elements 2, Marc Landry got this classic canyon vista. Exposure was f/3.2 at 1/800 sec at ISO 100.
© 2005, Marc Landry, All Rights Reserved

St. Mary's Lake: Shawn Gust made this shot at sunset in Glacier National Park with his Fuji G617 camera with a 105mm lens on Fujichrome Astia 100F film; exposure was f/32 at 1/4 sec.
© 2005, Shawn Gust, All Rights Reserved

World War II Memorial: Wendy Kaveney made a total of nine images for this impressive sweep of an image using her Canon EOS-1D Mark II and created the final image using ArcSoft Panorama Maker 3.0 and Photoshop CS.
© 2005, Wendy Kaveney, All Rights Reserved

Taormina, Sicily: Jeff Perkins made three exposures with a 30 percent overlap with his Sony 828 and merged them with Photoshop CS's Photomerge tool. Exposure was handheld at f/5.6 at 1/200 sec.
© 2005, Jeff Perkins, All Rights Reserved

Forest And The Trees: Don Anderson used a Canon EOS 10D to make three exposures of this complex shot and then stitched them with Photoshop CS. Exposure was f/16 at 1/30 sec at ISO 200.
© 2005, Don Anderson, All Rights Reserved

Route 66: From a work in progress for a book on Route 66, Blake Shaw made this panoramic crop from a Nikon D100 image.
© 2005, Blake Shaw, All Rights Reserved

Zion National Park: This vertical photo of Emerald Falls in Zion was made with six photos with a 20 percent overlap by Christine Dean using a Nikon D70 and Nikkor 18-70mm lens.
© 2005, Christine Dean, All Rights Reserved

Rainbow Arc: Hugh Crowe got this full rainbow using his Canon EOS 10D handheld with two exposures at f/6.7 at 1/180 sec. Crowe wrote, "I discovered I could use the focus points in the viewfinder to achieve consistent overlap and vertical alignment...I note where the far right focus point is, move the far left focus point to that exact spot, and shoot."
© 2005, Hugh Crowe, All Rights Reserved

Alaska Range: Ernest Manewal made this fog-shrouded image using his Hasselblad Xpan; no exposures were reported.
© 2005, Ernest Manewal, All Rights Reserved

Soft Creek: Juan Acosta used his Canon EOS 10D to make six exposures that were then stitched using the "PTGui interface" to Panorama Tools and finalized in Photoshop 7.
© 2005, Juan Acosta, All Rights Reserved

Waiting To Cross: Mark J. Messerly sent us this unique image made with an Abelson Scope Works Omniscope on Ilford HP5 film with a 15-second exposure. We admit to being stumped as to this piece of gear, but it sure is an interesting shot.
© 2005, Mark J. Messerly, All Rights Reserved