Panorama: n. An Unbroken View
Seeing outside your field of view, beyond the periphery, has always fascinated me. Photography and philosophy both make this possible. Each provides an expanded perspective and lets you know that there is broader world out there than is possible from a fixed viewpoint. You will always find hidden treasures outside the bounds of your vision.
I’d like to share a few of my favorite panoramic shots with you from my travels over the last few years. Each is comprised of no less than 3 individual shots, and sometimes as many as 8 or 9. All are special to me in some way, and I’ll do my best to reminisce in short form. Enjoy the photos!
Barcelona. The majesty of religious buildings is always awe-inspiring.
The outer coutryard of the Grand Mosque in Kuwait.
This is one of the first vistas that my wife and I enjoyed together on our honeymoon.
A rare moment capturing a gorgeous sunset hiding beneath a storm.
An indoor drone composite of Blossom Music Center.
The Sunset Cliffs of San Diego. Until you view them from the ocean, they seem like just another coastline.
Stunningly clear skies, with the added treat of getting both the venue, sunset, and a visiting hot air balloon on the horizon.
This is a composite of 5 shots. It took 10 minutes total outside, and that was about all I could stand. The windchill was -30ºF.
Cold and Colder. I had always wanted to see what a frozen lake looked like from the air. Seeing the waves frozen in motion is pretty spectacular.
The lake is the scene of a historic wildfire many years past that changed the inner face of Yellowstone for generations to come.
The interior of Yellowstone is stunning. We drove through with silent amazement. The National Parks are a precious gift.
The Falls will freeze most winters. This is a view of the US Falls from the Canadian side.
Panoramas don’t always have to be sweeping vistas. They can be of tight spaces as well. This is the interior of a heated bridge in Niagara Falls, Canada.
Lighting design is critical to a production. This moment was captured during a focusing session on tour. The moment held just long enough to capture all of the fixtures pointing at one spot on the stage.
This was captured while speeding into a snowstorm in the Canadian Rockies, from the front seat of our tour bus.
This is a Spanish city that I very much want to visit again. Just from this photo of the famous art museum there, you can see the dynamic colors and shapes that the architects have used in the modern quarter.
It took three years of travels to finally capture this indoor shot in Miami International Airport. if you’ve flown through there before, you know that being the only one on this bridge, long enough to take a series of photos, is almost an impossibility.
Italy is spectacular. This was shot at the end of the pier that runs out to the edge of the harbor in Amalfi.
This series of shots from Alaska is one of my favorites. It was the one time that I have gotten to venture into polar regions so far, and I can’t wait to return.
Qatar was an incredible place to visit. Though, this shot is from the flight line of the United States air base there. Getting to meet the troops, feel the heat they have to work in, and hear their stories is something that I will never forget. The B1 Lancer bombers were amazing to see up close.
The interior of this private camp has graced the pages of many magazines and photography journals. It was such a small space, that the only way to get the whole room in the picture was to use a series of wide angle shots.
Without the drone, we never would have known that we were in the middle of the lake. Once I found some time to fly, everyone was stunned at the beautiful scenery, and amazed at the layout of our venue that day.
This is the crossroads of Europe and Asia. It took a moment to let the history that this city has been a part of sink in.
Visiting Beruit was not on my travel todo list, but getting to see a view like this, far above the war-ravaged city a few hours drive away, was surreal.
In the morning, we were told there was a castle nearby, but no one could give directions. So, I got out the drone, and provided an aerial map for the crew :)
Flying near wind turbines has been on my aerial photography bucket list since I started flying. When I heard that we were going to Austria, I definitely didn't picture this view!
This is a series of images that shows the main tank wall in the Georgia Aquarium. I was floored. The engineering marvel of this tank wall is a must see. And yes, that is a real whale shark!
Sweden is a beautiful place. I had an hour in the evening to go fly, and so I did. The variety of old buildings, new architecture, and industrial port so close together was unexpected but awesome.
Spain is a great place. The people are friendly, and the city life is vibrant. This series of shots was from the top of our hotel in Barcelona.
Oslo Norway, at night. Taken just before our busses left the city.
My home. The skyline changes daily, it seems. Be on the lookout for some updated shots of it soon!
One of the most famous stadiums in Mexico.
Sao Paulo is one of the most sprawling cities on the planet. I couldn’t resist the opportunity to try and capture this expansive cityscape.
San Cristóbal Hill
Santiago, Chile was one of my favorite stops in South America. It was a lovely city that flowed between the mountains. The climate was perfect, and the dining, entertainment, and sightseeing did not disappoint. This is a series of photos from a hike that I took up the famous hill overlooking the city.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the photos, and short bits of history. They truly are the treasures from my travels. For the last couple years, I’ve gotten some encouragement that I should maybe sell some prints or have an exhibit, especially of some of the aerial pictures. If you have any input, please drop me a line!