I may have made a mistake in calling all these images that have been stitched together with Giga Pano software – panoramics or panos. At least that is the idea that several people have written to me about. It’s true that many of the images I’ve been doing are composed of from 6 to 60 separate shots – but they aren’t usually in the Panoramic Aspect which I suppose is about length 2 by height 1 or the other way around.
The early attempts were more or less class panoramics – long to short ratios with wide angle lenses (mostly) and maybe showing 180 or 360 degrees of a scene. There’s no doubt those are recognized as panos. But what happens when you take that pano that was originally composed of 60 images and you project it using the planar projection so that lines in the middle are rather straight – and you crop off the edges where the planar projection tends to get blurry. Is it still a pano if it’s now in a 4 x 5 ratio.
It seems as if you could call it a montage – but that’s really film talk. And a collage – it’s not that. Anyway – calling them panos has confused a bunch of people who say, “Where’s the pano – I don’t see it.”
And then you have this shot which is on the line… 12 images with a 20mm lens… and not cropped. It’s not the aspect ratio of a pano, but the effect of viewing 180 degrees without much distortion is a possibility with pano. So just chime in if you have an idea.