#943. Panoramic challenge results (+ next topic)

By pascaljappy | How-To

Dec 21

Well, it’s the final DS challenge of the year. I’ve enjoyed each one thoroughly, in spite of repeatedly forgetting contributions along the way. By and large, your photographs have been stunning and have brought a wide smile to my face. Thank you.


The topic for this final challenge was composition in an elongated frame, as a response to the previous square composition challenge. Anything long, vertical or horizontal, was accepted. And it’s interesting to note that most of the responses to this challenge are landscapes! It appears the stretched format favours the scanning of the horizon. But a few exceptions provide some alternative views, with buildings, flowers, portraits and other artefacts taking ‘center’ stage in those.

Again, I hope I haven’t forgotten you. If so, my apologies. Please let me know and I will correct immediately.

Thank you for all your submissions, onwards ๐Ÿ™‚


Paul Barclay


Image one is a panorama taken last fall using my iPhone. The location is a short walk from my office and only a few meters away from a nice sandwich shop, which is a favorite of mine for lunch.


Images two and three were captured this past holiday weekend at sunrise from Orcas Island, WA. The first is the view of Mt. Baker, WA, which is a distance of about 60 miles (100KM).

The second is looking back across the water towards Anacortes, WA, which is out of the frame to the right. Both images were cropped to fit the challenge from their original 4/3 proportions, and seasoned for taste.


This image was taken a few minutes after the close up of the ferry boat photo (above) the was taken. This is actually a different boat as well. The close up is a photo of the inter-island ferry at the Orcas Island, WA, dock taking on cars to go to another island; usually Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. The long panorama is the ferry from the mainland off loading at the Orcas Island dock. During the evening, both boats arrive at the terminal within a 30-45 minutes time frame.


Philippe Berend


Jean Pierre (Pete) Guaron


Pete adds: “Here’s a modest effort, in the “Little Venice” part of Strasbourg. Everything’s wrong, but I still like it.”


Michael Fleischer

Aurora Monorealis
The Cardiogram 
Sweeping Above

Michael adds: ” This small collection of Icelandic landscapes, made to fit the longish format,are trying to give some justification of a very intense and vivid experience I had recently… October seems like the new Icelandic autumn peak. Mother Earth is surely breathing life and full of beautiful & powerful surprises. “


Jean Claude Louis

Along the Nile – Egypt
Wadi el Rayan – Egypt
Wild Swans – Hokkaido
Dead Sea – Israel
Dead Sea – Israel
Great Bear Rainforest – British Columbia

Jean Claude adds: “Roughly half of my photographs are panos ; the other half being square images. My panos are stitches of photographs taken handheld with, most of the time, 50-90mm lenses, processed in Autopano Pro.”


Pascal Jappy


Pascal adds: “I like using long formats either to create a focus point (as in the first and in the view of the Thames, in London) or to create a rhythm, as is the clouds, above or in the trees above it. But sometimes, even a pano can be quiet and balanced. I have tried to do that in the photographs of the dune and of the trees reflected vertically in the pond.”


Sateen Prion


Sateen adds: “From close up, the small circus was towering and used the full height of the frame with my wide angle lens. But the horizontal panorama came naturally thanks to the monochromatic sideways framing by the two trucks. A fun holiday snap.”


Pascal Ravach


Tuy Hoa, above, is a special place, with just one hill for miles.


Lad Sessions


Chessie Trail in January, near Lexington VA

New Plymouth, NZ, in March

Black Hills, SD, August


Dallas Thomas


First challenge of 2020: Music

A recent discussion in the comments of a post (about wine tasting and photography) made a very interesting parallel between photography and music (and wine).

Some photographers hear music, or “feel” that an image has a certain musical quality. I’d never thought of it that way, but it is interesting. And now that it’s been mentioned, I rather feel Dallas’ photograph above is a case in point. Bach comes to (my) mind.

So that’s the next challenge topic: photographs that feel musical. I’ve not had time to think about it for myself, but a tentative example is this recent photo of graffiti in London, that evokes rap (which often juxtaposes powerful agressive moments with more melodious ones) to me.


Any music is OK. The whole point of the challenge is to discover associations. Associations to the visual style of performers, to the music in your head that comes alove when you see a photograph, to the structure of a musical piece echoes by a composition, to a feeling common to a music and a scene.

So, please send your photographs in midsize (1000-2000 long side) jpg to me (pascal dot jappy at gmail dot com) with a little text describing the music related to each photograph and why. If you feel like it, you can include a link to the music online.

This should be fun ๐Ÿ˜‰


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  • jean pierre (pete) guaron says:

    WOW – this certainly shows that 4×6 is not a universally ideal format! Some of these images are sensational, and ought to be hanging on a gallery wall.

    • pascaljappy says:

      Agreed ๐Ÿ™‚ And thank you for sharing yours!

    • Jean-Claude Louis says:

      Your image is gorgeous. Plus, it brings out a lot of memories; I grew up in Strasbourg and roamed this neighborhood for years while studying in the nearby medical school. There is not a single bistrot out there that I haven’t frequented. There is only one thing “wrong” about your photo: this part of town is known as “Petite France”; “Little Venice” is in Colmar, 50 miles south. Thanks for the memories

  • PaulB says:

    Oh My! Such a range of images!

    I have easily been looking at this series for over an hour. There is so much to see.

    I agree with Pete. These deserve a gallery exhibition.

  • Sean says:

    Wow! Speecccblooddyyytacccularrrrrrr, the lot of ’em, fussshhurrr. Sorry, there’s a panoramic affect a happening …

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