Coastal Beacons -
Gary Martin Photography
so what's a panoramic photo you ask? They've been around for
a long time. APS cameras have a setting that lets you mask
your negative to give you a long, skinny print… that's a panoramic.
As defined by the APS gods, it has an aspect ratio of 3:1.
Panoramics can be shot horizontally or vertically, as with
any photograph. For my purposes, I'm somewhat more arbitrary
with the aspect ratio of my panoramic photos. I generate them
with my std. 35 mm cameras and scan the images at high digital
resolution and then crop them to give me the aspect ratio
that I want. Generating a print this way with dimensions up
to 10x30, 10x40 or whatever isn't a problem.
panoramic photo (above) of a sun pillar at South Haven, Michigan
shot at sunset on a cold day last January hangs as a 10x30
panoramic print in my office across from my desk.
horizontal panoramic images on the photo gallery page accessible
from the previous screen range from an aspect ratio of about
2.5:1 (that would be a 10x25 image as an example) up to about
6:1 (which would give you a 10x60 print if you printed it).
vertical panoramic photos, which tall lighthouses are generally
well suited to being printed as, there's a separate gallery
that you can also access from the previous screen. Personally,
although I photograph a lot of lighthouses, for whatever reason,
I tend to produce fewer vertical panos that I do horizontals.
I also tend to generate somewhat more uniformly sized vertical
panoramic images, also for no particularly good reason.
you enjoy my panoramic images. If you have a question about
any of them, please feel free to e-mail me using the link
on the home page of this gallery .