Richard Man – Photography and Calligraphy

December 29, 2008

The Vertical Panoramic Challenge

Filed under: photography — Tags: , , — richard @ 1:23 am

A few people commented on the last post, especially on the vertical pano photo and the challenges it presents. It is true, most panoramic photos are horizontal. The human vision sees thing that way – a wide panoramic view. Vertical panoramic, on the other hands, just looks like someone did the cropping a little too tight. However, perhaps because I subconsciously look for the vertical aspect similar to a Chinese calligraphy, I do try that once in a while. So I looked through my photos and found a few that look pretty decent to me. They all share the characteristic that either a line draws you in from near to far, or that at least it has front and far elements.

So do you have any favorite vertical panoramic shots? Post the link in the comment section. Thanks.

Some more vertical pano photos under the —more— tag. Check out here and here for two previous pictures.



  1. Those are really neat! I’ve never seen a vertical panoramic photo before. To take those, do you just have turn the camera sideways?

    I can’t decide which I like more; I’m favoring the ones with the greenery. I think it’s hard to choose because they’re just a bit bigger than my screen, so I can’t see the entire image at once for the full impression. I think it’s the one with the fence, though, that speaks to me.

    Very cool; thanks for sharing!

    Oh, and where are they? I’m pretty sure the first one is Kiyomizudera. And I’ve just seen too many gardens to figure out the others!

    Comment by Eleryth — January 10, 2009 @ 3:51 pm

    • Correct on the first one. The 2nd and 3rd one are from the Kanazawa Garden. The “Road to Heaven” with the Torii in the middle and the “Land of Stone Lanterns” are in Nikko.

      To take the vertical picture, yes, I just turn the camera sideway. I have a panoramic camera, so I don’t need to stitch frames together etc.

      Comment by richard — January 10, 2009 @ 9:30 pm

  2. Great pics, Richard… I specially liked the last one… it covers pebbles on the ground till sky visible through trees… wow…

    Comment by Ronak — January 19, 2009 @ 9:46 am

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