In panorama photography the extra wide aspect of the image allows an extensive area in all directions to be viewed, which is something the natural eye is unable to observe on its own.
This gives these panoramic photographs an extra special appeal and allows us to see our city skylines and urban landscapes through very different eyes.
These panoramic photographs can be achieved using a few methods, one of which is using computer software to stitch together several separate images to create one whole picture.
In these days of digital cameras and sophisticated software this method can produce almost seamless photographs.
The other way of capturing a similar panoramic image is to use a specialist camera lens such as a fisheye lens, however this does cause a slight distortion of the image that in itself can be a very pleasing affect.
Unfortunately it is difficult to display panorama photography on web pages due to the fact that they are best viewed very large. However i hope these images here have at least given you a sense of their brilliance.
This example of panorama photography by Mugley is one of my all time favourites. It captures the dark menacing side of our urban landscape. The whole photograph is lit so well that all the details in the buildings can still be seen despite the dark overhead clouds pushing down on them.
There is also a great vibrancy about the colour palette. Although there are no great splashes of colour, there is an all over glow created by the yellow, blue and cream hues from the glass windows and the building exteriors. These colours are allowed to shine out in contrast to the ominous shadows cast by the stormy sky.
The photograph has a definite painterly feel about it and the buildings in the distance look like they have been tinted. I assume that this photograph has had some digital enhancement added to it to give it this overall murky urban atmosphere. This is something I am all in favour of if it creates such wonderful images as this one.
I can see that this panoramic photograph of an urban street (by Epicharmus) has been stitched together using several pictures taken along the street. The thing is they haven't been precious about making sure that the pictures knit together perfectly and by placing the pictures a little askew next to each other it has exaggerated this mismatched affect.
This mismatch has given the photograph movement and a sense of fun. I really like how the two halves of the picture balance each other by tilting in the opposite direction from each other, making the buildings to appear to be leaning in different directions.
This example of panorama photography by Shockie shows how by using a different perspective you can create a completely different scene from the every day viewpoint.
This picture was taken low to the ground making the floor lead the eye in towards the illuminated buildings. It also provides a lovely bright contrast to the night sky, breaking the image up into three separate areas and giving the overall photograph more interest.
The panoramic view allows us to see around the corner of the storefronts and this gives the picture some depth and intrigue as your eye scans the see where the scene goes. I think the addition of the star burst light affect from a nearby street light echoes the bright lights of the shop fronts at night and adds a little extra attraction to the overall image.
I couldn't write a page about and panoramic photography without having a great shot of the city skylines and this picture fits the bill perfectly.
Taken by Tactical Grace it typifies how panoramic photography works so well with the urban landscape. It highlights the drama of the modern skyline with all its gleaming reflective buildings and divergent shapes.
I'm not sure if this was taken using a fish eye lens but it certainly has that convex look which the lens achieves.
I enjoy images like this as it adds another aspect and sensation for the viewer, making you want to move your head around the image as if looking around a ball. This is an excellent example of this without distorting the picture too much and losing its realism.