I love the immersive qualities of 360-degree images. As a viewer, you have control of the Quicktime VR picture; you can pan and zoom and reframe the view, move slowly or quickly across the landscape, and that control makes your experience of place more vivid. In order to offer that experience, as a photographer I give up the ability to determine the edges of my frame exactly, and find myself thinking about choosing the unseen center point instead. It's a new kind of visual thinking for me.
I've already linked to the first panorama I made in Homewood Cemetery. And I made two others there when I accompanied a seventh grade field trip, one for myself, and one for the school. Thursday, when everything was at the peak of spring bloom on the Ellis campus, I made another panorama, my first with no mausoleums. If you look closely at the windows, you'll see goddesses and princesses instead.
(Actually, the posted version was a second attempt. Earlier in the day I had the tripod out and leveled and was six photos into a sequence when the school's automatic sprinkler system went off - 8 inches from my left foot. You've never seen anyone gather a tripod to herself and move so quickly. The camera never got wet.)Posted by Elizabeth Perry at April 28, 2003 11:15 AM | TrackBack