(close) Encounters Part 1 < 360° < 253w

by bob on June 25, 2009

in (HDRI) Panorama portraits, 360


This panorama is part of a bigger series (this is Part 1) that will be made in the future. Behind the scenes HDRI panorama portraits of people. More info about this project see at the bottom of this page. Not sure witch direction it will go.

This HDRI panorama portrait is one of a policewoman & a policeman.

Was shooting an sunrise on 25 june 2009 (05:35). Suddenly the police came….  did an classic hands up ……but they were not putting me into jail….. it was a fun meeting..  asked  Nancy & Edwin if they were ok with shooting a HDRI panorama of them. Happy they agreed with that.

Here you can see the full panorama.

Its shot in full HDRI (9 exposures per angle so 63 images were used to make this panorama), so asked to stay very still….. they listened very good as you can see.

Now hoping that not all police woman/man with their  cars from Police Haaglanden (The Haque)..will come to visit and asking for a panorama portret  😉

Thanks Nancy & Edwin!

ps need to fine tune the image but have too little time at the moment

HDRI panorama portrait information:

This is a ongoing project and is called (close) Encounters.

The HDRI ( High Dynamic Range Images ) panorama portrait panorama’s are made out of 63 pictures (minimal 9 exposures per angle, 7 angles so 63 images are used to make a HDRI portret panorama.

That makes taking the image with some thrill — it could be ruined due to the fact that if the people are moving the portrait could fail. That idea makes it fascinating for me to do it, Its always exiting to shoot. Warn the customers in advance: “we will see in the final image who moved, so do not dare to move!” Until now (almost) everyone has listened very good in the portrait shoots from the last years.

After the shoot the most time consuming part starts: tonemapping, color correction & retouche. The actually shooting is done within 1 minute per pano, post production can take about 20 or 30 hours (or even more).

Update november 2015:

Last years the technical development of 360° camera’s (so no need to shoot in several angles but just push the button once) is going very quickly. More and more are entering the market and this is fantastic news. My special attention goes to the latest Lytro Immerge development. But have to be honest. For the (close) Encounters series not want to use such camera’s its just too easy. Its much more exciting if there is a bigger chance of failure. It reminds me also to the early days of (portrait) photography, can imagine the photographer shouted also “ please do not move”.

Previous Editions (close) Encounters

(close) Encounters Part 1 – see above
(close) Encounters Part 2
(close) Encounters Part 3
(close) Encounters Part 4
(close) Encounters Part 5
(close) Encounters Part 6
(close) Encounters Part 7
(close) Encounters Part 8
(close) Encounters Part 9
(close) Encounters Part 10
(close) Encounters Part 11
(close) Encounters Part 12
(close) Encounters Part 13