(close) Encounters Part 5 < 360° < 276w

by bob on January 23, 2010

in (HDRI) Panorama portraits, 360

This panorama is part of a bigger series (this is Part 5) 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 big group of younger & some older people.

About end august or beginning september 2009 met Henk Meijer on a very special way. Its a bit of a long story and maybe will put it here in the future.

He asked me to take a panorama of the oldest and youngest who are living in their street.

Shot it completely in HDRI. 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. Warn the customers in advance: “we will see in the final image who moved, so do not dare to move!”

Important note for all the parents of the children: this image will not be sold and I do not earn money from it …please contact Henk on how we can you deliver the image to you.

Curious? Here is the final panorama

ps we now know who did not listen to Henk’s instructions “stay still for about 13 seconds” 😉

Color correction & retouche by JP van der Burg

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
(close) Encounters Part 2
(close) Encounters Part 3
(close) Encounters Part 4
(close) Encounters Part 5 – see above
(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