David Osborn Uses a Rare Method to Make His Painterly Photos

My name is David Osborn. I always I wanted to do ‘something’ artistic after school, so I spent my first year at art college studying fine art, however, combined with an inability to draw, fine art as a career seemed a bit optimistic and risky. The starving artist image never appealed. Studying graphic design was my compromise but spending weeks working on one project behind a desk was too slow. I’m an impatient personality. As result, I spent my time shooting photo-stories. Photography provided a more instant result, while being out and about in life with real people. This evolved into wanting to do news photography as a career.

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Photographer Matt Jackisch Creates Beautiful Visual Masterpieces

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“I first picked up a digital camera strictly to learn how to delete embarrassing photos of myself off of them,” photographer Matt Jackisch jokes with us in an interview. “Once I understood the basics, I started traveling with one. I really took to the story-telling aspect of photography.” Matt is the past winner of the Epson International Pano Awards. And of course, he creates stunning panoramic images. So we spoke to him about how he does it and his creative vision.

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Behold One of the Most Beautiful Fujifilm Cameras You’ve Ever Seen

The Fujifilm TX-1 in Champagne is incredibly gorgeous, and it’s hard to not want one.

To this day, I still think a panoramic digital camera could be a game-changing device. With that said, many of you have probably heard of the Hasselblad XPan. It’s a panoramic 35mm film camera that’s a thing of beauty. However, the lesser-known variant is the Fujifilm TX-1. If you weren’t aware, the XPan and the TX-1 are very similar cameras. The whole thing was a joint project done between the two manufacturers. Hasselblad has been known to do this for years. They’ve done it with Motorolla, DJI, Sony, etc. But in this one case, they created something truly unique. In fact, the Hasselblad XPan is an incredibly lusted for camera. But the Fujifilm TX-1 isn’t spoken of nearly enough. But we found a truly gorgeous one.

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These Cameras Are Probably a Panoramic Photographer’s Dream

All images by Dirk Fletcher. Used with permission.

The idea of a panoramic image is typically involving lots of shooting and stitching in post-production. You could shoot at 16:9, but that’s not always available. Instead, some cameras let you do it in-camera. Photographer Dirk Fletcher recently had some fun tinkering with and refurnishing a few old school Zeiss cameras. These cameras can shoot at 6×12–that’s a panoramic format in medium format. Dirk, who works at Canon, has done fun experiments like this before. And, if anything, his work really makes me wonder why nothing digital has been made like this yet.

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This Panoramic Photo was Shot with Multi-Plate, Multi-Lens Daguerreotype

If you’re looking for novel and challenging ways to create your next panoramic photo, the “antorama” will certainly be of interest to you.

Today’s technology has given us many ways to create panoramic photos, but we bet that all of you are yet to try shooting with this technique. San Diego-based Anton Orlov has been busy experimenting with some daguerreotype techniques, but there’s one project that he was able to do successfully. He recently shared with us the results of an interesting panoramic photography method that he developed himself: the “Antorama.”

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Paul Kohlhausen’s 3D Printed K-Pan Shoots 6×14 Negatives; Now on Kickstarter

A while ago, we broke the story about Paul Kohlhausen and his K-Pan camera that he 3D printed to shoot 6×14 medium format negative photos. Back then, he was still playing with the idea of putting it on Kickstarter. Lucky for you all, he’s done it and photographers will be able to hook up their very own K-Pan and 4×5 camera lenses to shoot medium format panoramic photos. Photographers who back this idea and project are rewarded with a ton of goodies not only including the camera, but also rolls of film and a swanky tote bag.

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The Panomicron: Building a Custom 93x24mm Panorama Camera

All images by Oscar Oweson. Used with permission.

“My camera, that I call the ‘Panomicron’ is a 35mm panoramic camera that shoots 93×24 negatives.” says photographer Oscar Oweson in an interview with us. “It can use any Mamiya Press lens but does not have any rangefinder, zone focus only (so the 100mm f2.8 might not be ideal).” The Panomicron is a Custom Made 93x24mm Panorama Camera. Like many of the newer generation of photographers out there, he wanted to play with a Hasselblad X Pan camera. However, they’re pretty expensive. So he built his own variation.

With a little bit of creative genius, Oscar created a camera that’s bound to get lots of photographers really excited.

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Walter Rothwell’s Panoramic Street Photography


All images by Walter Rothwell. Used with permission.

When we look at street photography, it’s often in squares and proper rectangles that are very common to photography as a format. But how often do you see it in panoramic shapes? Typically, the candid nature of the work doesn’t lend itself well to the slow and precise nature of panoramic images; but Walter Rothwell has managed to combine the two into beautiful works of art.

Photographer Walter Rothwell is one with a very unique photographic vision–literally. You see, his background is in black and white film photography and he’s half blind. Considering the way that he looks at and analyzes scenes, he has learned how to use it to his advantage to capture moments that combine geometry and candid moments.


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Quick Review: Lomography 35mm Back for the Belair X 6-12

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Medium format panoramic cameras are a pretty unique species, as there are only a couple of manufacturers who have made or are currently making such devices. The Lomography Belair X 6-12 is one such camera, and the fact that it comes with auto-exposure makes it even more unique. Shortly after the Belair was originally announced, Lomography came up with a peculiar add-on for the camera: a 35mm back. With it, the Belair X 6-12 can expose 135 format panoramic images with an approximate 4.3:1 aspect ratio. Here’s our review of it.

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Something Exciting This Way Comes: New Lens Attachment That Takes Interactive Panoramic Videos


Here’s an exciting new Kickstarter project that is setting tongues wagging! UK-based company, Eye Mirror, has designed a fun new lens that shoots interactive 360-degree videos at a 3040×3040 resolution!

The new lens is dubbed the Eye Mirror, and it allows users to capture panoramic videos at the super high resolution. Based on their Kickstarter video, the lens attachment looks super easy to use – all you need to do it mount it on your camera, point your camera up, and start recording your video! When you’re done, just upload and share! It’s a no brainer!

The best part about the Eye Mirror is it works on any camera so whether you have a DSLR, a camcorder, a GoPro, or even a basic point-and-shoot, you can use this lens! You can even take it underwater! Or is the best part the fact that people can interactively pan through your videos, as if they’re really there, experiencing what you’ve experienced? We’ll let you decide for yourselves.

The units will be available in March 2014. The GoPro version will cost around $249 while the regular version, which will work on any other camera, will cost $453. But if you’re interested in being the one of first few in the world to get this awesome new accessory, you can take advantage of their early bird special and pledge at least £120 ($195) to get the GoPro version.

This kickstarter project has already gotten £19,843 (that’s over $32,000!) worth of pledges so far and it’s not even halfway done! The demo video is after the jump.

Via Digital Trends

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The Spinpod Will Make Your iPhone’s Panoramas Suck Less


A new Kickstarter called the Spinpod is looking to not only step up your mobile photography, but also give make your phone experience even better. It is a little device that can help you take better panoramic photos, do motion time lapse videos with your phone, act as a stand, and can also be a dock for your iPhone or Android phone. Once your device is in place, you need to lock it using the thumb wheel–which then acts as a nifty on/off switch.

The stable panoramic mode will be of great use for people that love shooting them, and stability is important as we recently saw with our Galaxy S4 test.

They’re also demoing it for use with DSLRs and GoPros–which makes it even more of a handy device for enthusiasts. At the moment of writing this piece, they haven’t even reached half of their funding needs. But it would be really nice to see this device come to the real world.

Take a look at their promo video after the jump.

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Review: The Fotodiox RhinoCam

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To say that the RhinoCam was designed for photographers out there that are hellbent on becoming the next Ansel Adams is an understatement. The great photographer travelled all around the world to capture some amazing landscapes but was also quite the chemist. In the digital world, the equivalent is post-processing–and you’ll be doing lots of it when you use The RhinoCam. The apparatus uses a Sony NEX camera and pairs it with either a Hasselblad, Mamiya or Pentax 645 lens to later on help the user capture an extremely large image in the post-production phase. On top of this, it promises to be able to do this for $500.

But does Fotodiox’s latest accessory really make sense? Many people use the Gigapan, but this is clearly different.

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This is a 360 Panorama of Mars, And Not From Star Trek


360 Cities has published a rather breath-taking Gigapixel panoramic image of Mars that was taken by the Curiosity rover.

Estonian photographer Andrew Bodrov helped with the creation of the image and is one of the most detailed views of the planet to date. Apparently, the image is a four-billion-pixel panorama. Just think about it–those images needed to be shot, and then beamed over many miles from Mars to Earth, and then assembled. It was probably worse than the dial-up days. It’s quite exciting though as it looks like basically a desert and brings back memories of the movies Red Planet and Dune.

Check out the panorama after the jump.

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Q+A On the Lomography Belair X 6-12 Camera and Lenses

We posted on the new Lomography Belair X 6-12 Folder medium format camera the other day when it was announced, but we had some questions on a few specifics that were not fully explained in the press release. Of course, being the wonderfully inquisitive people that our readers are, we fired off a few questions that were raised to our contacts at the Lomography and wanted to share the responses with you folks. Here’s a few of them for your informational pleasure:


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Lomography Announces ‘Belair X 6-12’ Panoramic Medium Format Camera with Some Interesting Lenses

The Lomography Belair X 6-12 limited Globetrotter Edition

Holy moly! Where did this come from!? Out of nowhere, Lomography just announced a new medium format film camera — and not just some medium format film camera. The ‘Belair X 6-12’ — so its official designation — is a medium format panoramic camera that exposes 120 roll film in the 6×12 panoramic format, which equals a negative size of 52x104mm. Besides featuring an absolutely gorgeous retro bellows design, the Belair X 6-12 comes with two interchangeable lenses, aperture priority automatic exposure (a first in a 6×12 medium format camera) and the ability to select between the classic 6×6 format, the 35mm-like 6×9 format or the panoramic 6×12 format. Continue reading…