PANORAMIC PAPER

FESTIVAL, HANDS, INDIA, LADAKH, LAMAYURU, MONASTERY, MONKS, PANORAMA

PANORAMIC PAPER

With the introduction of panoramic printing paper by Fotospeed, I get much pleasure in seeing which images suit this size of paper.  The width of 2 A4 sheets, Fotospeed has six different types of paper to choose from, gloss to platinum etching.  I rather like the Smooth Cotton, which is excellent at showing detail that is in an image.  Initially I saw this size of paper as a means of producing prints of landscapes.  These can be produced in camera using the panorama setting or by taking a series of images (preferably RAW) and then stitching in Lightroom or Photoshop.  Exporting direct to Photoshop from LR produces amazing results, even from 10 or more frames.  A reasonably powered PC is needed as the resultant file (if TIFF) is huge.  Processing is also surprisingly quick if sufficient ram is available.

Printing from LR is my preferred option using a saved print template.  My appreciation of the panoramic size was enhanced when going to print a standard size. The chosen image popped into the panoramic template still in place after the being used for a previous print.   And I saw this:- 

FESTIVAL, HANDS, INDIA, LADAKH, LAMAYURU, MONASTERY, MONKS, PANORAMA

This image is a fraction of the original frame and was not initially planned as a panoramic print.

INDIA, LADAKH, MONKS, PANORAMA, THISKE
DEVON, FLOWERS, PLANTS, ROSEMOOR GARDENS

The images above were not originally taken with a view to displaying in panoramic form.  The following were – both stitches from several successive RAW frames. 

LADAKH, LEH, PANORAMA
LADAKH, LAKE, PANORAMA, TSO KAR

WANDERLUST PROFESSIONAL TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

I am pleased to say that once again, a portfolio of five images was selected as the Runner-up in the 2017 Travel Photographer of the Year. Selecting just one image to represent a category is difficult enough. Selecting just five with a theme running through them is even more difficult. This year I chose to show five images taken the 2017 Venice Biennale. Paul Goldstein was most enthusiastic about the images and had it been left to him and Lynn Hughes, my panel would have won…. until another year! The competition is in its 15th year and bar the odd year, I have always had one or more images selected for the final.

It was a wet Sunday in Venice. Visitors to the permanent exhibition pavilions, paraded in their pac-a-macs or carried brollies. Many of the exhibits, especially photographic, held one’s attention for long. Photographing the viewers provided stronger images than those displayed on the walls. Apart from one or two images, the viewer was, it seems, interested in anything other than what was on the walls.