Back to panormas with the iPhone 4s

Sometimes a panorama does what no other still image can do:  help the viewer feel like they’re standing right where the picture was taken. It’s one of the things photography does best: bring the viewer there.

This is the beautiful city of Amasya in eastern Turkey.  If you enlarge the image and look closely at the mountain in the center of the frame, you can see the tombs of ancient kings.

It wasn’t long ago that this Armenian church in Diyarbakir, Turkey didn’t even have a roof and was exposed to the elements. It is currently being restored and was breathtakingly beautiful to just stand right here.

Fortress, Van, Turkey.  There’s really no other way to shoot something like this except as a panorama, whether you’re using a panorama camera, or an iPhone with stitching software.

One more thing. I get lots of emails about why I don’t crop my panoramas and make them look better.  I’ve been a photographer for a long time and never crop my photographs. Magazines and other publishers crop them of course. But I don’t. In part because it assumes that I know how to make a picture better after I’ve taken it. And I don’t. In this case I rather like the unexpected shape of panorama images that are stitched together. They’re all different. I do try to make them consistent. But alas, failure can be far more interesting.



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