Thursday, October 5, 2017

Panorama pictures

Balboa panarama 2017

This is a panorama picture of the sky over Balboa Island that I took on a recent vacation there. It's just 30 minutes south of Downey.

I'm showing it because of its beauty but also to show how far photography has come. I took several stills of the skyline and made sure that they were at the same level and overlapped each other. Then Google pictures put them together as a panorama. Years ago you would have had to do this with a special lens that would have distorted the horizon. Or you could have achieved it by using very time-consuming special techniques in the darkroom. But this is so easy and beautiful. I use it when I want to show the 180-degree view I have somewhere. Try it sometime.

"A well-ordered life is like climbing a tower; the view halfway up is better than the view from the base, and it steadily becomes finer as the horizon expands."
~ William Lyon Phelps

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