20/12/2013 - 16:16



The term ‘Vertorama’ is a relatively new portmanteau, (a word that fuses both the sounds and the meanings of its components), of describing vertically orientated panoramas.



The construction is of an identical approach to that of stitching classically horizontal panoramas from overlapping photographs. Some people merge two or more images photographed in ‘landscape format’, whereas I and others will use two or more photographs in ‘portrait’ format – creating the letterbox shape we associate with a classic panorama, just different in that it is now vertically orientated.



I have found this vertoramic style to be of great benefit in the two examples below:



'Beyond the Brink' - Upper Colly Brook, Dartmoor National Park



This image above allowed me to focus attention on this part of a pair of waterfalls, without distraction of the other nearby cascades, or the plethora of detail in woodland around the falls


'The Aune Identity' - an aerial view of the River Aune gorge below Lydia Bridge, Dartmoor National Park


The Vertoramic format of the picture above allowed me to make a composition that showed details of the main river channel emerging from the distant tree canopy -  to as far as I could see downstream from my aerial view above the gorge, before it disappeared beneath my viewpoint on Lydia Bridge. The river's jounrey was the main 'story' of the picture and the autumal trees and high cliffs added a frame around it.


Both images were stitched using Microsoft Research’s Image Composite Editor, but could be done using other stitching software such as Photoshop’s ‘Photomerge’ function.


This format of photo as a print has the benefit of fitting in tall but narrow-ish wall spaces in a home or office... and as they are ‘bit different’ in their shape, they are likely to become a talking point for visitors.






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