We've been commissioned a few times to produce panoramas along with our time lapse work. These allow you to get really involved in a scene, from anywhere - but with more emphasis on space, not time. We look into it in a bit more detail: Panoramic photography: past and present Panoramic photography is by no means new - almost as soon as people could take photographs there was a desire to recreate the 360° world we live in and share it with others. Shortly after the invention of photography in 1839, photographers were taking daguerreotypes and simply placing them together as best as possible to achieve this goal.
View of Madison, Ind.; c1866. Gorgas & Mulvey Albumen silver print; 13.5 x 38 in. US Library of Congress
Luckily today we have technology that can help with this: software that seamlessly stitches pictures together and media channels such as TV and the internet, that mean they can be seen by anyone, anywhere and at any time. Now all we need is someone to go out and capture these breathtaking images. The Highlands, brought to your armchair Our favourite freelancer, Steve Flanagan, took up this challenge. On behalf of the BBC he embarked on the digital exploration of the Scottish highlands. The landscapes of Scotland are some of the most stunning environments in the world - something the BBC wanted to share with their online audience. We were commissioned to shoot and process Ultra-high-definition panoramas, with embedded location information. This produced terabytes of data and of course, the location meant there was plenty of waiting for the right weather. Steve has over ten years of adventure sports coaching in guiding so this was the perfect job for his panoramic and creative time lapse expertise. Spending three months climbing and exploring 23 of Scotland's Munros - mountains over 3000ft - Steve's mission was to bring those wild spaces to life in the digital world. It was an amazing challenge to complete within the time scale and we are proud to have provided another epic piece of work for the BBC. To see more of these shots and experience the fully interactive version visit the BBC Scotland website. Changing perspectives The panoramic work we've made has helped clients see industrial facilities in China, from their base in the UK - among other things. Traditional photography, supplemented with advancements like 360° panoramas, time lapse, stop motion and 3D imaging, is changing the online user experience in many ways. Whether Steve's work has inspired you to get out of your armchair and visit the Scottish Highlands, or simply given you a different perspective on the world we live in, this type of visual media has the power to inform, amaze and delight.