I’ve been challenging “Pano award” which panorama image oriented composition, presented by EPSON Australia.
Before I knew the award my panorama image was like that ” Ah just a horizontally long image!! sorry, I’m not curious.”
However, once I watched the winning images Pano award, my thought for panorama was totally changed.
Since then my aspiration for panorama image has been growing, and totally most of my work is actually a panorama.
This was my first try in 2015. Telephoto-panorama is pretty easy. Let’s go your nearby an observatory, and just do it.
The location is the observation deck at the Cosmo Tower in Osaka.
In 2016, I applied with various images, and 3 golds, 1 silver.
At that time I was engaging my popular series “ The Land of connections”,
Which is focusing bridges with panorama.
Luckily, the series got many awards including, both 1st place IPA and TIFA.
A Light-Trail panorama requires some knack, for keeping the light-trails from the border to border.
I’ll write some of them in my blog, but the most important skill is “Endurance” I usually spend two hours at a same location.
I took over 200 pics for making this one panorama.
Actually the bridge is vibrant red. I will shoot this during the night and make the night scape-panorama, which gonna be a beautiful color pic.
A popular shooting spot in Tokyo. This was my first visit here just after I got my pc-e 24mm lens.
Ariake junction. I love the beautiful lines head to the center Tokyo. The stitching work was pretty tough as I recall.
Awarded as 4th last year (2016), I was aiming to the top place with some ambition.
So the result came to the 2nd place, which was a pretty good result, though I was so disappointing.
Since the competitions was getting competitive and tougher year after year, though I could send my pics in top 50 constantly,
I felt a little tired for making panorama images.
For shooting the popular concert hall, I recommend to visit their in early morning.
Since any securities don’t come early morning, so you can use your tripod, and get close to the architecture further.
“Triton” is the popular bridges in Nagoya. You will love them.
“TOYOTA” bridge. Yes, the hometown in the famous car manufacture in Japan. The bridge leads to the “TOYOTA” stadium.
All three ranked in pics were “junction” in 2018. Do I love them? Definitely, I do.
Actually this was the 2nd try at this location. The 1st version was finished, but it did not satisfied me. so I did not publish and gave it the second try.
If I have a chance I’ll introduce the original one, and explain why I didn’t like it.
Light trails with Junction, what a beautiful combinations!
My series “The City of Juncture” was awarded “Discovery of the year” at TIFA 2017(Tokyo International photo award)
You should take pictures what you are now. Never complain about “there is no unique architectures nearby my home”
I’ve been applied “open” category in 2018. I made 2p ics in the top 50.
One of the popular composition of Tokyo rainbow bridge, though without panorama you can’t include all of those buildings over there. Using a ultra wide lens is another option, but the distortion problem occurs. Avoiding distortion, which is crucial for architectural photography, learning panorama technique is important.
Those factories are often shot by during night, and popular for amateur photographers. For me, “day time log exposure” is my style in any place.
National Museum of Art, Osaka. During the exposure I was wondering around the architecture, which made the pic my ghost selfy.
“Vertical panorama” is getting popular, especially in the competition. For me, still, traditional horizontal style is comfortable.
This is Kugayama junction in Kyoto. My favorite style of photography.
The award is getting tougher year by year, though, as the most important competition for me, I will apply this year and hope to get the higher place ever.
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