The Traveling Panorama photographer
(25 June 2005)
The old and heavy Agno's Nodal Point Adapter
was replaced with a lighter alluminium self-construction.
Traveling is an activity that sets apart the passionate photographer
from the occasional point and shooter. The passionate photographer
will face two major trade-offs:
- Weight and space limitations impose a selection of gear to pack
that might limit the photographer to the functionality of the
gear at hand.
- Time is often limited and unless the travel companion is very
patient there is seldom enough time for long exposures, multiple
shots and other advanced photographic techniques.
This article describes a gear combination that fits within the
weight and size restriction of most travelers and wich enables enough
functionality to produce decent (7000x3500 pixels) full spherical
panoramas in most locations.
Individual items are taken apart and compare to alternatives in
terms of budget and functionality. This is by no mean a complete
comparison. Your mileage might vary.
This combination is not suited for multi-row very high resolution
panoramas, but it can be expanded so that you can decide for yourself
where on the trade-off between weight and functionality you want
to be. Such alternatives are exposed in the comparision pages for
the panorama head and nodal point adapter.
About the Author
Yuval Levy has been a traveling photographer for more than ten
years. His subjects range from the top of the mountains to the bottom
of the oceans. In the last five years he has been processing images
on a notebook PC while on the go. Eighteen months ago he became
passionate about panorama photography.