I have always been drawn to the long, wide frame of the panoramic format. In the natural world it resembles the way we see things. Nature and light draw me to photograph. My goal is always to bring my experience to the person viewing my images.
Panoramic photography presents challenges that are not always easy to overcome. Although with most cameras you can create a wide narrow image resembling the panoramic format by cropping – it ultimately leaves you with less image to work with and lacks detail for larger prints.
With the advent of digital photography, I have found that by composing and shooting eight to ten overlapping images and then combining or “stitching” these images together digitally, I can create the panoramic format. This also gives me enough detail to create large, extremely detailed prints.
When I approach landscapes that inspire me to photograph, my goal is always how the image(s) will render in the final print. Overcoming the limitations of how the camera records light, in comparison to how our eyes really see light in nature, presents the greatest challenge in this process. When done correctly however, a great print brings the viewer to experience the beauty of the image as if they were there.