In this photography blog I would be posting about my experiences in photography particularly panoramic photography,various DIY techniques, equipment reviews and information on innovative photographic gadgets. Please read the "Disclaimer" at the right of this page before you proceed further.
I'm buying photographic items from Ebay for many years. Other than buying conventional items I also keep an watchful eye over novel gadgets which include handmade cameras. If you're lucky enough, some simple search phrases like 'handmade camera', 'homemade camera', 'camera + project', 'DIY camera', 'modified camera' etc can fetch you very interesting stuffs.
In my next posts I'll talk about two very novel handmade panoramic cameras I came across in ebay.
In film based panoramic photography, a large number of formats exist.Both 35mm and medium format panoramic cameras offer a variety of aspect ratios.The common theme that underlies all these formats is the long, slender look of the slides, signifying the high length:width ratio of panoramic format.
One can very easily visually compare many of the available sizes from this Flickr photo.
This photo of different pano slides was taken and kindly provided bypanoramaXL.
Clickhereto see the original pic and know to which camera the format belongs to.
Check also panoramaXL'sblogfor many more interesting topics on panoramic photography.
Perspective control or 'PC' lenses are useful for architectural photography, to get rid of converging verticals. All large format and some medium format cameras offer very simple lens movement or 'shift' function built in the camera body itself. For 35mm cameras one has to depend on expensive tilt-shift lenses. Major manufacturers of TS lenses or adapters include Nikon, Canon , Hartblei etc. The Loreocompanycame up with a cheap and simple PC lens, which can be used stand-alone for most popular SLR brands.
This 3 element lens has two apertures and offers 3.5mm shift off axis in any direction. The lens (and many other innovative gadgets) can be bought directly from http://loreo.com or various other sellers, including Ebay sellers.
From the list of panoramic photographers by Ben McDermont, I found the great panoramas by Jaspal Jandu. Being an young photographer from UK, he travels across the continents with a Linhof Technorama, taking astounding panoramic pictures.
Here's a video of some of his representative panoramas:
The Sun follows a varying trajectory in the sky, during different times of the year. The variations include different rising and setting positions and elevation. A very good visual representation of which can be obtained by photographing the Sun's course by very long exposure. Otherwise known as Solargraphs, these photographs are often made by exposing in order of several months. The following picture taken by Justin Quinnell shows the Sun's position in the sky using a six(!!!!) months long exposure and using a pinhole camera . For more pics and methods visit his site http://www.pinholephotography.org/
Have a look at how wilderness photographer Carl Heilman sets and takes photo with a Seitz Roundshot 360 degree panoramic camera.Particularly notice how the photographer positions himself to exclude him from the frame.