(close) Encounters Part 9 < 360° < 311w

by bob on May 10, 2011

in (HDRI) Panorama portraits, 360, HDRI

Los Dedos

This panorama is part of a bigger series (this is Part 9) 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 very young Dutch rock band (14/ 15 years old and write their own music they even played on Lowlands 2010!).

This new adventure happend on a nice way.

Several times walked in the neighborhood and heard a band hat a repetition and it sounded great….. until about early march 2011.

Thought “what the heck let ask for permission to take a panorama of the band while they had the repetition” so rang the doorbel;… but completely distroyed the doorbell..actually ripped the complete doorbell out of the wall! Ai…… no not that strong…. so banged on the door.. but no one opened (logistically because the band noise was to loud). Next tried to put back the doorbell in the wall but it stuck half way…….

Went home and wrote a small letter with saying sorry for ruining the doorbell and asked for permission to take a panorama, then put the letter in their mailbox.

Then heard …….. nothing! Was wondering if the letter did not flew under a cabinet to be found in 2027…….

But 1 april got an mail from Sandra (mother of the drummer) and said sorry for the late reply…. and mentioned that I was welcome to shoot a panorama… only had to call them for an appointment … every friday they have a repitition… 1 april was a friday.. so mailed back that I will be there within 5 minutes (without calling). Rang the doorbell (yes it was fixed hehe) … and Sandra openend.

30 minutes the HDRI panorama was shot!

So here its is!

And here a VR.

Thanks Sandra & thanks Los Dedos!!!

ps hope that the pano is looking ok on your computer screen, find color correction still a bit difficult so did the correction in a kind of “autodidacticaly modus”

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
(close) Encounters Part 6
(close) Encounters Part 7
(close) Encounters Part 8
(close) Encounters Part 9 – see above
(close) Encounters Part 10
(close) Encounters Part 11
(close) Encounters Part 12
(close) Encounters Part 13