Panoramic Photography

Is this our real viewing sensation?

We don't have the tunnel vision the average photographic camera has accustomed us with.

Our set of eyes/brain is not working as the "normal" 50mm SLR camera lens is.

We live immersed in a sensation of a wider space, thanks to the simultaneous use of two eyes and lateral vision.

The panoramic camera may render the scene in front of it in a more realistic way, giving a better sensation of space, of being immersed into it with an angle of 120°.

The 35 mm film (in the smaller and cheaper versions) receives light from a rotating 28mm lens, giving a 58x24 mm negative per each shot.

... beautiful. Too bad there is no way of doing this with digital nowadays.

58x24 mm film Horizon 202 panorama camera

Landscape photography is what the panorama camera is made for, after all.

It can give a well proportioned wide image on a 58x24 mm negative or slide, which gives very good enlarging results even with high speed films.

Deformation is reduced to a bare minimum, perspective is greatly enhanced by the use of the rotating wide-angle lens.

Panorama images are perfect for capturing space, but there is sometimes an unavoidable distortion.
It's an optic law, not a lens defect, and it can be easily solved with Photoshop.

But distortion is not necessarily unpleasant, it's part of our way of seeing, and the brain corrects it in the end, anyway.

Low light situation, narrow places, need of a lot of depth of field.

Here the technical situation.

But more important is the rendering of a reality that only the eye can perceive, a 180 degrees reality made of "being there".

More than a picture is a participation to that reality, all photographs here are done without the use of a tripod and in natural light.

A portrait with a panorama camera is something really special: it is a way of establishing a strong relationship between the portrayed subject and the ambiance to which he/she is related.

A possibility of working in very close contact with the person, and keeping the environment in focus and well open to the view allows to give a very "in deep" vision of the person and the surroundings.

Although it seems the panorama camera is made for taking landscapes pictures only, its real power is in doing reportage shooting in tight spaces - low light conditions.

The wide angle of view helps a lot, although the rotating shutter provides plenty of vibrations and some awful noise.

This goes quite a bit against the idea of "invisibility" that a reportage photographer has to work with, but at the same time, being able to make a shot and one shot only of each situation, we can better focus on what we really want to achieve.

 
All images & texts: Copyright Roberto Delpiano - 1997-2021

LANDSCAPE panoramic photography

View from the Rialto Bridge in Venezia

View from the Rialto Bridge in Venezia

Valentino Park in Torino - The Month Fountain, 12 statues

Valentino Park in Torino - The Month Fountain, 12 statues

Roma - View from the hills

Roma - View from the hills

Roma - View from under the arch of the Coliseum

Roma - Under the arch of the Coliseum

Venezia - Building's façades

Venezia - contrast of building's façades

Downtown Rio de Janeiro - View of several architectonic styles

Downtown Rio de Janeiro - Several architectonic styles all in the same view

Rainy day in Venice during Carnival

One rainy day in Venice during Carnival

Amsterdam - Porn Shop window

Amsterdam - Porn Shop window

Torino - Industrial area 'Le Ferriere' seen from above

Torino - Industrial area 'Le Ferriere'

Les Halles in Paris - The Merry Go Round

Les Halles in Paris - The Merry Go Round

Piazza Solferino, Torino - Statue of Fernando di Savoia

Piazza Solferino, Torino - Statue of Fernando di Savoia

Roma - Inside view of the Coliseum

Roma - The Coliseum, inside view

This is an experience to live: Maracaná Stadium, Rio de Janeiro

This is an experience to live: Maracaná Stadium, Rio de Janeiro

Roma - Piazza Navona

Roma - Piazza Navona

Venetian channel: Parochia dei Carmini

Parochia dei Carmini in Venezia: shopping time

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ARCHITECTURE panoramic photography

Torino - The first Italian Parliament

Parlamento Subalpino in Torino - The first Italian Parliament

Roma - Basilica di San Pietro

Roma - Basilica di San Pietro

Torino - Palazzo Carignano

Palazzo Carignano in Torino, heavy Baroque style

Amsterdam buildings

One amazing thing about Amsterdam is all these buildings which seem to be falling all the time

Rome - The Pantheon from the inside

Rome - The Pantheon top

Torino - Castle in the Valentino Park

Castle of Valentino in Torino - it's a fake

Ceiling of Saint Peter's Church in Rome

Ceiling of Saint Peter's Church in Rome

Toronto, Canada - Airport Hall

Toronto, Canada - Airport Hall

Saint statue in the Basilica di San Pietro in Rome

Saint statue in the Basilica di San Pietro in Rome

Torino - Bust of Garibaldi in hall of Public building

Torino: bust of Garibaldi in hall of Public building

Washed clothes hanging from one building to the other

Venezia and its floating landscapes

MAM - 'Museu de Arte Moderna - Rio de Janeiro

MAM - 'Museu de Arte Moderna' - Rio de Janeiro

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INTERIORS panoramic photography

Amsterdam: American styled props in antique shop

Amsterdam: American styled props in antique shop

Old kitchen in Castellinaldo, Piemonte, Italy

Old kitchen in Castellinaldo, Piemonte, Italy

Torino - Palazzo Reale, inside view

Palazzo Reale: Royal Palace Museum in Torino

Lights setting on the Zemi in Studio Delpiano

A special occasion - Lights setting on the Zemi in Studio Delpiano

Photographic studio arrangement - 1992

My photographic studio organization - 1992

Torino - Egyptian Museum

Torino - Egyptian Museum

Entrance of my former photographic studio in Torino

Entrance of my former photographic studio in Torino - Personal computer, 1992

Close-up on Egyptian statues - Museo Egizio, Torino

Close-up on Egyptian statues - Museo Egizio, Torino

Old dusty abandoned ambiance - Castellinaldo, Piemonte, Italy

Old dusty abandoned ambiance - Castellinaldo, Piemonte, Italy

Photographic lights setting in Studio Delpiano

How to make a good still life - Lights setting in Studio Delpiano

Old wine barrels - Castellinaldo, Piemonte, Italy

Old wine barrels - Castellinaldo, Piemonte, Italy

Bric à Brac somewhere in France

Bric à Brac somewhere in France

Storage with old mannequins

Some objects may have a very strong personality

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PORTRAIT panoramic photography

Barber at work - Torino, Italy

Barber at work - Torino, Italy

Saxophone player at the Carioca Metro station - Rio

Playing for busy people at the Carioca Metro station - Rio

Personnel in the Sambodrome kitchens during Carnival in Rio

In the Sambodrome kitchens during Carnival in Rio

Nice swank coffee shop in Torino

Nice swank coffee shop in Torino

Kidergarten kids posing for a portrait

A portrait in the crowd, I mean two, no three ...

Rio de Janeiro - the Italian Samba School of Cento parades in the Sambodromo Sapucaí

Rio de Janeiro - the Italian Samba School of Cento parades in the Sambodromo Sapucaí

Furnishing restauration - Moncalieri, Torino

Furnishing restauration - Moncalieri, Torino

Amsterdam - impromptu cyclist portrait in front of buildings

Amsterdam - impromptu cyclist portrait

Director of Institute of Anthropology posing - Torino

Director of Institute of Anthropology - Torino, long time ago

Rio de Janeiro - Customers in traditional bar

Getting an ice cold beer in a 'boteco' in Rio de Janeiro

Public rooting for their Samba School in the Rio Sambodrome

Public in the Sambodromo. Around 60,000 maximum capacity (always packed)

Man feeding his young son during a plane travel

Life on a plane crossing the ocean - Feeding time

Rio de Janeiro: kindergarten on top of a building in Copacabana - Taking a shower

Rio de Janeiro: kindergarten on top of a building in Copacabana - Taking a shower

Proud owner of a salamy factory - Italy

Proud owner of salamy factory - Italy

Shoe fixing store - Rio de Janeiro

Where all shoes go to be fixed - Rio de Janeiro

Waiting for someone in a Parisian bistrot

Waiting for someone in a Parisian bistrot

Maternity Ward in Torino: man searching for his daughter

Hey! That's my girl! - Maternity Ward in Torino

Musicians practicing and having fun

Studio practicing: I'm on the saxophone - Photo: Marco Corongi

Rio de Janeiro, Sambodrome: dancers interact with public

Rio de Janeiro, Sambodrome: close contact with the public

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REPORTAGE panoramic photography

Rio de Janeiro - free concert on the Copacabana Beach

Free concert on the Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro

Torino - Mercati Generali - 4:00 A.M.

Torino - Mercati Generali - 4:00 A.M.

Art exhibition vernissage crowd

Me at an Art Exhibition Vernissage - photo: Sandra Assandri

Murales in Amsterdam - End of the nineties

Murales in Amsterdam - End of the nineties

Rio Sambodrome - Kids in aviation disguise (Samba School Tradição)

Rio Sambodrome - Kids all well organized in aviation disguise (Samba School Tradição)

Praça Mauá, Rio de Janeiro: candies vendor

Praça Mauá, Rio de Janeiro: candies vendor

Looking for her brother in the nursery

Where is my kid brother? Torino

Rio de Janeiro - Kids playing in the street in one poor area

Rio de Janeiro - Kids playing in the street in one poor area

Rio de Janeiro - People in front of newsstand

Rio de Janeiro - News readers

Carnival in Rio - big Samba School float in the Sambodrome

Carnival in Rio - big Samba School float in the Sambodrome

Telephone Booth in Venice on a rainy day

Venice on a rainy day - The Telephone Booth - Pre-cellphone view

Rio de Janeiro kindergarten kids playing

Rio de Janeiro kindergarten - Happiness in simple things

Art vernissage crowd - Torino, Italy

Participating to an Art vernissage - Torino, Italy

Participants of the parade on a float in Rio Sambodrome

Sapucaí is the name given to the sambodrome in Rio

Soccer playing in Venice street

Soccer playing in Venice street

Rio de Janeiro - Street kids taking a break reading comics

Rio de Janeiro - Street kids taking a break reading comics

Musicians practicing

Music and more music - wide view in a closed space - Photo: Marco Corongi

Rio de Janeiro - the Italian Samba School of Cento with a big float in the Sambodromo Sapucaí

Rio de Janeiro - the Italian Samba School of Cento with a big float in the Sambodromo Sapucaí

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