July 20, 2004
Panoramic photos from Vietnam
Photographer Thinh Le has created a very rich body of work that is
worth checking out at his web site.
The photo above has much more detail when viewed at a larger size.
Thinh Le had this to say, via email:
"My panos were taken with a 35mm rotational camera that can
capture 360-degree or more views in a single continuous exposure.
The camera maker's website is at www.roundshot.ch.
"Technique-wise, my rotational camera has its quirks: not all types of film are
pulled smoothly by the camera, the camera is fixed focus, and I need to use
a tripod most of the time. However, in general, it's a simple piece of
machinery and is the right tool for my vision. I guess the most challenging
thing about the 360-degree format is seeing in that format. Fortuntately, I
have some formal training in Architecture which I believe has helped me with
spacial visualization. Personally, I like places with lots of foreground
details and actions but I also like to include as much background details
like architechtectural elements as possible.
"The images are scanned from film and printed on inkjet paper.
I am printing in various sizes up to 16" x 160" (the ratio of the
dimension is approximately 1:10). Please feel free to contact me
if you have any questions or comments."
It is definitely worth the effort to go to his site and check out the sample photographs, although it does make one wish for the existence of a coffee table book for those who don't wish to spend that much money.