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Adventures in Photography: Panoramic Photos (iPhone panoramics)

Finding the energy to shoot in the winter is trying, especially when you live in Chicago. But most of the time, when we get a chance to go out and have an inspiring idea, it is rewarding immediately. Such was our experience on a blustery day in mid-March. I went out with fellow amateur photographer Dan, our in house graphic expert, and captured some seriously strange scenes. We were driving around aimlessly when I recommended entering our local reservoir. Believe me, it turned out to be just as brilliant of an idea as it sounds. The reservoir was virtually a wind tunnel gusting the entire time we were there. Dan’s most poignant remark concluded with, “This is the coldest I’ve been this winter. By far.” With that being said, what resulted were some great pictures with our iPhones that we plan on printing to metallic media (more of that to come soon). Here is the shoot with our favorites compiled.

The photo above was shot in front of a two flat as we walked slowly by. What resulted was a distorted effect, caused by the sunlight and movement. The major setback with the panoramic setting is the ability to easily destroy or distort an image. The small black marks seen at the bottom were due to faulty holding of the iPhone. Something were tried to correct during the shoot.

I was personally most happy with this picture. Being able to capture the sun reflecting off the water, as well as getting small details of the brush, was a pleasant surprise. I’m excited to see what it will look like printed on metallic.  

Graffiti, though destructive, plays a “cool” roll in city photography. Without it, I would have only gotten a blank wall with no life. I especially love the purple and brown color contrast.

This was taken along a back alley. The outcome can be quite similar to what you see in front of you. I took this by striding slowing by each bush.

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