THE DRAMA OF PANORAMA
When we find ourselves on a mountaintop, or by a vast coastline, or we see a view more immense than ourselves, when we open ourselves to these magnificent vistas, something opens up within ourselves as well. Maybe it’s a way of reminding us of our place in the world. There’s something more grand, more broad, more beyond our wildest imagination when we find ourselves in awe of the panoramic beauty and serenity manifesting itself before our very eyes.
Derived from Greek terms meaning “all” and “sight”, panorama refers to a wide-angle view or physical representation of a certain space. This can be translated through paintings, artistic renderings, via photographic scenes, and how movies use the big screen for very much this purpose. Seismic images or three-dimensional models also fall within this category. In the 18th century, Robert Barker, an English painter of Irish descent, used this term to aptly describe the views of London and Edinburgh of which he was trying to capture. Panning in motion picture lingo coined this term from panorama.
Multimedia software and other technological innovations have offered panoramic views for its users to assist them in getting a more intense overview of what they’re seeing. When we’re looking at maps on our computer screens, we want to get a feel of what it would be like to be in that scene. Hence, there are applications available to help people get an idea of the sheer magnitude of being in a particular location, complete with quite an awesome and overwhelming view.
In the field of photography, the panorama option has become quite popular in grabbing those more than the usual images. Sometimes, it just can’t fit inside a normal frame. By panning the camera, you tend to get more of everything and the resulting shot really takes it all in. With these specialized equipment or software made readily available, the expanded field of view literally opens up the photographer to a whole new world of possibilities.
This wide format allows more of the view to be brought into the shot. The resulting aspect ratio translated into that letterbox panel we’re familiar with in terms of wide-screen videos. Whatever goes beyond the capable visual field of the human eye can be considered panoramic. If we’re standing still with our eyes forward, there’s only so much we can see. But once we move our head from left to right and vice versa, that becomes our panoramic experience and resulting viewpoint.
Imagine getting a similar feeling of being at the Grand Canyon and seeing a panoramic representation of it. That expanse just transports you to those feelings of smallness and meekness compared to the grandeur and magnificence of Mother Nature. Even with such a wide view, we’ll always feel like an ant of sorts attempting to grasp why the space is just so huge. This may be the only time we can feel in some sense how it is to be like Ant-Man.
Some memorable photographs can either be garnered from man-made cityscapes or the natural environment. The main focus of these images is as if the observer was able to be right there in that setting. Due to the continuing inventiveness of technology, these digital means somehow manage to address the flatness of some pictures, thereby uplifting high-resolution and panoramic shots to stratospheric heights. Some up and coming techniques is the ability to have a 360-degree visual of a national landmark or treasured wonder of the world. These massive composites have interactive controls that allow the observer to be completely immersed and transported to what the image represents. The viewing and panning options due to the megapixel details have become quite limitless. There are various panoramic scenes that have successfully delivered on bringing their audiences to where that picture was actually taken.
If you have a chance to visit the La Cour de Marbre at the Palace of Versailles in France, the patterns can give quite a disorienting motion. When transformed into a panoramic canvas, you won’t be sure if you’re moving or if the room is moving. The interior design describes a period of decadence that was meant to literally throw their guests off-balance. Such are the entrapments of power of the king who hoped to put his subjects under his spell. With this particular room, you feel like some surreal voodoo magic is being performed on you.
The legacy that Michelangelo left with his masterpiece at the Sistine Chapel inside the Vatican was perhaps a glimpse into the power of the visual arts. The home base of the Catholic faith has upped the ante with a panoramic access through their official website complete with heavenly music accompaniment. Just allowing ourselves into the incredible scenes depicted by this unrivaled artist allow our imaginations to give us that impression of connecting with God. Maybe, human artists can only approximate what the Divine Artist has been creating since time immemorial.
The historical and beautiful architecture of Prague when viewed from the perch of a TV tower captures the classical vibe of these European landmark. Paris is easily another favorite that just provides example after example of how a city was meant to unfold itself into the global milieu. And Dubai is fast catching up with its futuristic take on how people were meant to adapt to otherwise harsh and unlivable conditions. There’s also that different mix of ancient structures juxtaposed against the modern developments of Shanghai. Taking in these panoramas make you just step back trying to understand the breath and breadth of such cityscapes. Even the normal horizontals and verticals of a building allow outsiders to take a peek into the private comings and goings of its residents. Panorama delivers such intimacy and yet so much depth.
Perhaps the closest thing to having a time machine is how panorama can bring us to those historical events frozen in the past. At the Hiroshima Peace Museum, they have priceless historical images stitched together into a 360-degree panorama. These are meant to transport the viewer to how much damage was inflicted on this Japanese city of Hiroshima during World War II by the United States. From photographs taken by Japanese and Americans after six months when the atomic bomb dropped in 1945, this composite was brought to life.
When it comes to major sporting events, we’ve learned to observe from the comfort of our homes. But panorama shots of these massive stadiums filled to the rafters during an actual Olympics is quite breathtaking. Witnessing how athletes take on the challenge of going higher, being faster, and finding it in themselves to be stronger honors the incomparable will of the human spirit. If it’s not possible to be personally there, standing in front of a panoramic facsimile can stir up those same emotions of being able to appreciate and cheer on greatness.
There are also impossible to reach areas on the planet that only the bravest of our explorers have been daring enough to discover. The desolateness yet serene white purity of Antarctica displayed on a panoramic wall can in some way make us feel that the temperature dropped and how isolated these explorers must have felt. Yes, all this sensory stimulation wouldn’t have been possible without the continuing development of the panorama effect.
PROLAB DIGITAL TAKES YOU ON A PANORAMIC TRIP
The pano shot has become all the rage for savvy smart phone clientele. These panoramic images make such a statement when viewed on the small screens of our gadgets. But, how much more of an impact it would make if we could totally blow up the image and display it properly on a nice wall. These photos can be printed on a variety of materials and placed on the size of your choice through the efficient technology at Prolab Digital.
Embossed Adhesive canvas can be a great option to showcase your panoramic images for your friends and is quite easy to apply on various surfaces. But for a more cost efficient solution, why not consider 212 Wet Strength paper that doesn’t sacrifice the quality of your panoramic moments. Naturally if you want to hang your Panoramic Image on the wall, the Canvas Giclee options can give you the versatility of sizes through a .75” or 1.4” wood frame that would be able to give you a no frills installation.
The Lightjet Photographic printer and the Canon 9400s Inkjet Printer are the premium solutions for your panorama prints and can really transform designated areas, especially when you want to really invest in a beautiful panoramic backdrop. These are of archival quality and will really make that impressive statement for your friends and colleagues. Whether these images were taken using the most advanced smart phones, or through Adobe Photoshop stitched files, there won’t be any compromise in fidelity and faithful reproduction by using these advanced machines. The panoramic images can be mounted on a good number of substrates while a protective UV laminate gets applied which adds not only that layer of security, but helps to make the image pop out more.
For that added panache, Prolab Digital has made a considerable investment in the large HD Aluminum Dye Sublimation system capable of composing dramatic Aluminum Metal Infused prints that would do justice for your impressive panoramic images. The six variants available for this HD Aluminum treatment start with the HD White Gloss for intense reproductions and has become very much in demand. Then we are led to the HD Brushed Gloss that subtly interjects the silver brush pattern from the material to bring out more shimmer in your shot. A matte finish is well within their repertoire through the HD White
Matte and the HD Brushed Matte tdiminishes the glare often noticed in the gloss finish. Museum ready and fine art reproductions rely on the HD matte finish to preserve the integrity of their pieces.
All budding photogs and established photographers are most welcome to check out what we have. The most discriminating of photographers from all around the nation trust in Prolab Digital for resale of their work at their gallery exhibits. More importantly, the image produced brings out that sense of theater and drama. Prolab Digital collaborates closely with photographers to ensure that these pictures are produced in the best manner possible.
Today’s smart phones have cameras that can rival the most technologically advanced in the market. But exquisite Nikon or Canon DSLR cameras with the aid of Adobe Photoshop can Automate and Photomerge multiple high resolution pictures to create one stunning panoramic shot. Gigapan, another system on hand for consumers ensures that these multiple images overlap correctly so the stitching remains unnoticeable and only lends to the completeness of the image.
With the varied sizes to choose from at Prolab Digital, this opens the possibility to create a collage on your walls that highlight a very distinct decorating statement. Make sure you have enough space on a specified wall by measuring it correctly. Don’t put too much stuff on it lest it become too cluttered or confusing. The last thing you want to have is a panorama that turns out more cramped and crowded, than spacious and infinite.
By browsing through prolabdigital.com, the prices can be computed conveniently to assist you in creating the panoramic photo for your specific needs. If the size becomes sa bit too unwieldly, that can affect the price and also increase your shipping costs as well. But, since we are located near the LAX Airport, pick-up arrangements can be coordinated to help defray any other expenses.
PROLAB DIGITAL IS A REAL PRO IN PRODUCING PANORAMA
When it comes to panorama prints, Prolab Digital has that experience to help you produce those expansive vistas and enchanting cityscapes. They are more than capable of climbing with you through enormous mountain ranges or bring you to a consoling sunrise on the desert plain or perhaps a picturesque sunset by the seashore.
They have the means to make your panorama shots really come alive.