Sometimes a scene is just too wide to capture adequately in a single photo. I enjoy the challenge of putting together a panorama which can often tell so much more. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don't, but when you hit one right it tends to have that inherent 'wow' factor. Here's some of my favourites - clicking any of the images allows you to view them at a larger size.
Summer's day at Brighton Beach. A hot summer's day afforded me the opportunity to catch the action at Melbourne's most iconic beach at Brighton - swimmers, kayakers, windsurfers, kitesurfers, as well as the sunbathers and beach-goers just lazing the day away, all backed by the famous colourful bathing boxes and the Melbourne skyline some 15 km away. A busy active scene like this is tricky to catch in panorama, but I like how this one came out. The Westpac Bank in Hampton also loved this photo and purchased it to blow up to six feet tall and wrap the outside windows of their branch in for several years.
Early morning at Parliament House, Canberra. I was first car in the carpark to get out and get this picture in the early spring sunshine before the usual crowds of tourists, journalists, politicians, and various other hangers-on arrived to flood the forecourt. I find the symmetry of this building quite lovely and think this image captures it perfectly.
Weather threatens at The Horn, Mt Buffalo. Striking granite rock formations litter Victoria's wild Mount Buffalo plateau, culminating in the white peaked highest point, The Horn (at image right), as threatening weather looms up from the Buckland Valley below.
Winter in Toledo, Spain. A long hike up the hillside across the Rio Tajo (Tagus River) from the World Heritage listed city of Toledo gave me fantastic views back to the historic Ciudad de las tres culturas (City of the Three Cultures).
Mt Washington Hotel, Bretton Woods, USA. The Mt Washington Hotel in rural New Hampshire in the USA is a National Historic Landmark built in 1900. It is best known as the site of the Bretton Woods Monetary Conference in 1944 establishing the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, and largely establishing the basis of the global economy as we know it today. I visited on a sunny spring day in 2012 as I travelled through the New England countryside and a twelve image panorama captures a lot of the detail of this historic building.
Australian Garden, Royal Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne, Victoria. The Australian Garden in Melbourne's second Royal Botanic Gardens in Cranbourne was opened to the public in 2006. I captured this image shortly after its opening. While I see some flaws with it now with a more experienced eye, it still holds a special place for me as possibly the first true panorama I'd even taken with my (then) new Canon 400D DSLR, and it also ended up being the first photo I sold commercially when the architectural firm who designed the Australian Garden purchased a copy off me to display in their offices.
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