Panorama images: 10 concepts to encourage you!


After a wet summer time’s day in Iceland, Daniel Gastager watches the clouds half to disclose a spectacular sundown. Whereas exploring the huge desert in Namibia, Emilie Ristevski spots a fascinating wild oryx within the distance. On Indonesia’s Sumba Island, Daniel Kordan comes face-to-face with the “dancing mangroves”—bushes that appear to return alive at sundown. In the meantime, Juan Pablo de Miguel captures the textures of the so-called “Lollipop Rock” in White Pocket in Arizona, evaluating the surroundings to decadent scoops of “cranberry and vanilla cream pie.”

Icelandic Contrast by Daniel Gastager on

Namibia by Emilie Ristevski on

500px is residence to breathtaking panorama images captured in all corners of the globe, from the well-trodden to the distant. It’s a fable that you need to journey 1000’s of miles to seek out stunning locations; regardless of the place you might be, likelihood is there’s a hidden pocket of wilderness ready to be found. Listed here are some concepts (and photograph inspiration) to think about in your subsequent panorama expedition, whether or not it’s in your yard or in your subsequent journey around the globe.

Evening dance by Daniel Kordan on

Lollipop rock. by Juan Pablo de Miguel on


paradise island of Saint Pierre by Olga Netselia on

First Chapter by Paal Uglefisk Lund on

From Brett Weston’s mountainous seascapes within the Seventies to Hiroshi Sugimoto’s iconic pictures of the spot the place the water meets the horizon line within the Nineteen Eighties, there are numerous methods to strategy this style. Watch the forecast, tides, and swells to seek out the proper circumstances for the temper you need to seize, whether or not it’s the ability of stormy seas or the serenity of a lake simply earlier than daybreak.

You’ll be able to {photograph} simply the water, or you may embody contextual clues concerning the panorama within the foreground (use a slender aperture to maintain the whole lot in focus). You’ll be able to freeze the waves utilizing a quick shutter pace, or you may remodel shifting water right into a fantastic, ethereal mist with a protracted publicity.

For the latter, you’ll want a tripod and a impartial density filter to forestall overexposure throughout daytime. Dylan Toh and Marianne Lim are masters of this method; they used a 37-second publicity to seize this gossamer water flowing over the rock formations in Rocky Cape Nationwide Park.

Anniversary Bay by Dylan Toh & Marianne Lim on

Be sure you try our information to photographing seascapes for extra suggestions and inspiration.

Mountain views

Snow Mountains by Nkiruka  Akubuokwu on

“This one’s a favourite style, however it’s additionally one which presents many challenges, and it isn’t for the faint of coronary heart,” the 500px group says. The climate within the mountains is fickle and unpredictable, and the terrain is rugged, so it’s vital to pack as mild as potential, whereas additionally together with any and all security necessities like first assist provides and waterproof gear and clothes. Keep in mind to carry further batteries in chilly climates. In the event you carry a tripod, select a high-quality, light-weight carbon fiber choice.

Whereas it is likely to be tempting to hold a number of lenses, hold them to a minimal. It helps to analysis your location on Google Earth, get impressed, and plan for what sorts of vantage factors you’ll discover. That’ll assist slender down your lens record. If unsure, go together with a zoom over a major for that further versatility. Lastly, journey with a gaggle; it’s safer, and in case your companions are locals (or know the world effectively), it could possibly additionally result in higher pictures.

Tiny particular person, large panorama

Mountain high by Gašper Rožanc on

This style, described by the 500px group as “wanderlust-inducing,” captures our reference to wild locations by showcasing a human determine dwarfed by huge, pure landscapes. Most popular by panorama photographers who’re additionally hikers, it’s a timeless motif that continues to resonate with artists, who’ve put their very own private twist on the theme.

Tomas Havel, for example, has pushed it in new instructions along with his in style “sitting on the sting” collection of self-portraits in northern Norway. His hope shouldn’t be solely to encourage individuals to get outdoor but in addition to encourage us to take higher care of the surroundings in order that others can take pleasure in it for generations to return.

In a perfect world. by Tomas Havel on


REDWOOD by Alberto Menendez on

Magic falls by alfonso maseda varela on

Poranek w lesie by Henryk Niestrój on

From patches of vibrant moss to enchanting waterfalls, forests supply a wealth of hidden gems. In forest images, it’s all concerning the mild. “Use the best way the sunshine filters by way of the bushes,” the 500px group suggests. Strive capturing with back- or side-lighting to create depth. In the event you get up early and watch the climate, you may additionally catch the morning daylight simply because it begins to shine by way of mist or fog. The fantastic thing about forests usually lies of their seasonal wonders, so analysis earlier than you go; the photographer Kilian Schönberger has captured lots of his landscapes simply because the spring flowers bloom, blanketing the bottom in vibrant blues or yellows.

Springtime by Kilian Schönberger on


Astrophotography by David Ruiz Luna on

Imagine it or not, panoramic images dates again to the period of the daguerreotype, when artists created photographs utilizing two photographic plates positioned side-to-side. As we speak, most photographers create panoramas by stitching collectively a number of “overlapping” footage, capturing a area of view that may be inconceivable utilizing a single shot. In contrast to within the days of the daguerreotype, this may be executed simply in post-production. Keep in mind to shoot in handbook mode so your exposures are constant all through.

Panorama of Reine fishing village and high mountains on Lofoten by Nick Fox on

Sundown views

A beautiful sunset  by Awf Al Shehhi on

As we talked about in our latest information to panorama images, there’s no higher time than the “magic hour” simply after dawn and earlier than sundown. Throughout this small window of alternative, you get gentle, subtle mild and lengthy, dreamy shadows. “Golden hour footage simply appear to ‘pop’ greater than they might if taken in the course of the day,” the 500px group explains.

Keep a bit longer to look at the sundown, instantly after the golden hour, and also you’ll be rewarded with a kaleidoscope of shade. Even tucked-away, missed landscapes shine throughout this time; Meagan V. Blazier made this photograph in “somebody’s yard” throughout a winter sundown.

Winter's Horizon II by Meagan V. Blazier on


Troposphere by Jenny de Groot on

Famously captured by Alfred Steiglitz all the best way again in the summertime of 1922 (a century in the past!), clouds stay a fascinating—if missed—photographic topic. The identical panorama can look unrecognizable below stormy skies as it might beneath a sunny sky, and vice versa. It helps to study a bit about the kind of clouds you need to {photograph} and the way and after they type; that manner, you may plan across the excellent circumstances.

Sunset in the Volcanic Kamchatka Peninsula by Chris  Burkard on

Lenticular clouds, for example, type over hilltops and mountains, whereas cumulonimbus clouds seem earlier than storms. Chris Burkard captured this once-in-a-lifetime lenticular cloud formation at sundown whereas visiting the Kamchatka Peninsula. At sundown, you will get these juicy hues exploding throughout the sky, making it an exquisite time for cloudscapes.

However the mild adjustments rapidly, so swap to handbook mode and watch your publicity as you go. As with seascapes, lengthy exposures can create ethereal results from shifting clouds, so be at liberty to experiment along with your shutter pace. “Discover the vastness of the sky,” the 500px group urges. “As a substitute of viewing it as adverse area with out a goal, make it the main target of the scene, and see how that shifts the framing.”

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When capturing landscapes in low mild, a tripod is non-negotiable, as is a digicam that performs effectively at increased ISO settings. In the event you’re together with the celebs, watch your shutter pace. As a really normal information, you may attempt the “500 rule”: divide 500 by your lens’s focal size, and that’ll offer you an concept of the utmost shutter pace you should utilize earlier than your stars begin blurring (for those who’re utilizing a full-frame digicam).

For instance, for those who’re utilizing a 24mm lens on a full-frame digicam, you shouldn’t go slower than round 20 seconds if you wish to keep away from star-trailing. The New Moon is a perfect time for night time images; test the climate, and head for a spot with little to no mild air pollution.

Ermita de Quintanilla by Glendor Fine Art  Photography on


“Summary landscapes are made by capturing and isolating varied textures, tones, colours, and features that create a particular temper,” the 500px group says. Standard spots for summary pictures embody sand dunes in the course of the golden hour or blue hour when the shadows create lengthy traces; the character photographer Alex Noriega waited till twilight to seize this undulating panorama in Demise Valley.

Nocturne of Shadow by Alex Noriega on

One other potential strategy is to search for our bodies of water, from puddles to ponds and lakes, which can be utilized to seize blurred and distorted reflections of in any other case unusual landscapes. You may as well play with abstractions by “breaking the foundations” of conventional panorama images; as an alternative of the same old wide-angle, possibly you experiment with a macro lens to seize these textured particulars. Otherwise you gradual your shutter pace to introduce some intentional movement blur into the scene.

Outpour by William Patino on

Flow by Nathaniel Merz on

City landscapes

Harbor of Vernazza by Stefan Cruysberghs on

Landscapes can be present in city facilities: in any case, it was within the coronary heart of New York that Edward Steichen photographed his well-known 1904 panorama, that includes the Flatiron constructing in opposition to the bushes at twilight. A long time later, Wale Omiyale captured this romantic scene in Central Park, on the well-known Gapstow Bridge within the park’s southeast nook.

Gapstow Bridge by Wale Omiyale on

Search for inexperienced areas in your neighborhood, whether or not it’s a metropolis park or a harbor overlooking the skyline. Most cities could have remark decks providing the very best views of their beloved landmarks, however you can even discover the highway much less traveled by visiting flats or accommodations with balconies or rooftop eating places and bars, which just about all the time supply spectacular vantage factors.

Parting ideas

Moonrise between Payachata volcanos by Andres Puiggros on

Whether or not you’re photographing a faraway locale or an area park, keep in mind to respect your surroundings at the beginning. With panorama and journey images persevering with to development, some locations have been overrun by vacationers, so do your half to protect these pure areas: keep on marked trails, and don’t depart something behind.

For some pointers on moral panorama images, think about trying out Nature First: The Alliance for Accountable Nature Images, whose group members embody artists from around the globe, resembling Andres Puiggros, Andrea Celli, and Cristiana Damiano, amongst many others.

Need extra panorama suggestions? Take a look at our companion article, Tricks to construct an amazing panorama photograph.

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