Sunday, December 28, 2008

A winter tree and vertorama tutorial

A photo of a snow covered tree and cement planter in a Belgrade courtyard
I'm kind of obsessed with this courtyard in Vračar (that's the name of the neighborhood in Belgrade). I have at least four other photos of it at this blog:

  1. October 25th, 2007 - A Courtyard in Vračar
  2. December 8th, 2008 - December Courtyard
  3. December 18th, 2008 - Sorry Cat Haters
  4. December 23rd, 2008 - One of My Favorite Courtyards

Have you ever heard of a vertorama? I must be behind the times because I only heard of it recently, and when I did I thought "Now why didn't I think of that?" It simply means a vertical panorama. Instead of stitching photos together horizontally, you stack them vertically. The picture above was my first try doing it, not exactly spectacular, but some people, like these at flickr really make some INCREDIBLE images that way. If you're interested in a vertorama tutorial, here's one. I think the author makes it sound a bit more complicated than it needs to be, but it's a very good, thorough tutorial all the same.
P.S. Some of the vertorama picks at the flickr link above were taken in Serbia and Belgrade.


Bibi 9:50 PM  

Hadn't heard of a vertorama either, and Googled it, and followed your link to Flickr. Honestly, though you may gain some depth of field, I think 95% of the same effect can be had with a good wide angle lens. I like the photos I viewed, but some look very tweaked. Yours here looks good, and quite natural.

Belgrade Daily Photo 10:46 PM  

A lot of people also use HDR on the vertoramas which I think is what gives them that highly tweaked look that is popular nowadays.

I was looking at the photos of Serbia and thinking that the photographer must have been using an expensive medium format camera and was surprised to learn she was using a 35mm from 1985 (that old), but was then processing them as vertoramas (that was when I first heard the term). I think her results are pretty outstanding even if that highly saturated look isn't for everyone.

Maki 2:47 AM  

The tree looks magical... very cool.


Anonymous 3:42 AM  

Well done on both counts: brilliant pic of that courtyard you so enjoy, that stunning icy tree against the grey building and on your first vertorama. My first encounter with vertorama too. Will have to look into this more.

Thanks for entertaining and educating. :)

Tash 9:27 AM  

The tree is magnificent.
Very interesting about vertoramas. I've tried some a long time ago on redwoods & squoias with film. Haven't thought about doing them lately.

babooshka 4:19 PM  

I uch prefer natural images as a photographer, but have to say this is a wonderful image.

Belgrade Daily Photo 6:16 PM  

Thank you Babooshka! I personally think that there is no such thing as a 'natural' photograph since afterall, they're taken with machines. :)

agrajag 8:10 PM  

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