Panoramic landscape photography is the creation of a photographic image which has a wide format. Its use in landscape photography can give the viewer an expansive sense of place or a feeling of being enveloped within a scene. Landscape photographers generally use two methods for creating a panoramic image. The simplest method is to take a single image and crop the top and/or bottom to create a wide format containing an expansive view. A more complex method is to take a series of overlapping images that are later merged together to create a single photograph. This second method requires careful setup and leveling of the camera. Sequences of partially overlapped images are then shot by moving the camera horizontally, commonly by rotation, to capture an entire scene. This method can be extended by adjusting the vertical camera alignment and repeating the process for the horizontal sweep to include more of the scene vertically. Specialized equipment is often used to insure that the camera is aligned correctly for the sequences of shots and to eliminate parallax. The photographer then combines the images in software to create a final image.
The Panoramas gallery, found under the Gallery menu on this site, exhibits a few of my panoramic landscape images. By hovering your mouse pointer over an image, arrows will show allowing you to move to the next or previous image in the gallery. Panoramic images by other artists can be viewed by clicking on the link below, which will link to a selection of panoramic images at Fine Art America.