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Multi-Panoramas

There is no rule that says all pictures should be printed in the standard 3:2 shape. Similarly, as David Hay explains, multiple images on a single sheet can be a novel and attractive way to present your work

When I was in Tuscany last autumn I noticed that many of the postcards on sale featured multiple panoramic pictures. The most common type was a vertical format postcard with five panoramic images, one above the other. The Tuscan landscape is very well suited to panoramic photography. Most of the farmhouses are situated on hilltops, with a road leading up to them, lined on either side with a row of cypress trees. The long, thin shape of the panoramic frame fits this perfectly and eliminates the excess of sky and foreground.

This set me thinking. Could I crop some of my existing images of Tuscany to fit the standard 3:1 panoramic ratio and assemble them in groups on a large sheet of printing paper? A quick search through my images produced a number of possible candidates. After dragging a letterbox frame across each image, I could move the frame slowly up and down using the arrow keys until the best balance of space above and below the main subject was achieved.

With a number of potential images available, I created a blank A3+ sized sheet and moved the images on to the sheet one at a time. I felt that …

Read this and many more articles in High Definition inside Issue 53 of Landscape Photography Magazine.

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David Hay

I took up photography at the age of eleven and have been passionate about it ever since. As a retired biologist I still marvel at the beauty of the natural world and try and capture the colours and forms of natural things around me.

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