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July 20, 2004
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."