The challenge for The Daily Create tdc1983 was to make a panoramic selfie with myself appearing twice. The “traditional” method involves having another person take the panoramic picture, pausing in the middle while you (me, the subject) moves around behind the photographer and reenters the image as the photographer continues to pan.
However, liking to work alone, and liking to try different methods, I chose the PANO-sabotage method. Generally, this involves various waving, flipping, snapping, and other hand gestures and movements while in the panoramic mode. With some thought and control, one can achieve very interesting results. There will often be artifacts of the process, such as slicing of the image, unusual repetitions, and occasionally vertical lines dividing the image into a surprising diptych.
For this one, I went into my back yard on a bright almost-summer morning. Holding the iPhone at arms length, with the front camera aimed at me, I started the panoramic photo. As I carefully rotated the phone, I also slowly moved myself in the opposite direction. This did two things deliberately (maybe more accidentally): put a different background for me so I am “cloned” in tow different spots; and actually got me into the picture the second time. It is pretty difficult to make a panorama greater than 180, and especially to go a full 360. By moving, and some care in the speed of rotation, I was able to pan somewhere between 180 and 360 degrees.
You can check out many other examples of the PANO-Sabotage technique at the excellent PANO-Vision group on Flickr.
One day months and months ago, I saw an image on Flicker that led me to a group called PANO-Vision. This group is dedicated to creating an art form from what they term PANO-sabotage, the deliberate use of odd motions, flips, and waves while taking a panoramic photo. It turns out that not all brands and models of phones and cameras are suitable for this technique, and the focus is on the use of iPhones.
To make the image I call Feet on the Ground Head in the Sky, I stood in my backyard on sunny morning shortly after sunrise, put my iPhone camera in panoramic mode, and started by aiming at my feet. Once I opened the shutter, I slowly rotated the phone (held horizontal) upward to capture the bushes and sky. As I reached the top of the arc, the length of the panorama was about at its end. I had to quickly snap my hand around to point the front camera toward my face.
It actually took several attempts to get this to work. Sometimes I waved the phone in an arc to come around to my face. What I experienced was the difficulty of extending a panorama past 180°. Yet, with a combination of slow and rapid hand motions, it was attainable.
Insider secret: my original image had cut off the top of my head. A bug/feature of this technique is that there are often rapid transitions made in the image that cut out or distort a section of the image. Part of the art of PANO-Vision is to take advantage of these artifacts. In this case, however, I preferred to keep my head, so I pasted in the top half from one of the unused attempts from this morning’s photo-adventure.
If you are interested in learning more, I recommend you study the work and read the commentary in the PANO-Vision group. To see more of my efforts, check out my album on Flickr called Pano and other distortions. Most effectively, try it yourself!
By the way, I made this particular image today in response the ds106 Daily Create prompt. This month is a 30-day challenge, but it’s not too late to join in. Even one day with an art project will boost your creative spirit!