A few years ago I ran across the panoramic photography of Max Lyons
and Brad Templeton
. After experimenting during the day on some local fields, beaches and office buildings, and set off try shooting panoramas at night. Begining panorama photographers make the mistake of creating gee-whiz super long photographs for no reason other than to prove they can make super long photographs. But the best panorama photography serves much more than that. It seems to present an angle of view that is superior to what you can do with a camera with a standard 3:2, 4:3 or 1:1 aspect ratio. Panorama photography lends itself well to night photography because it's the intersection of two unusual segments of photography, so a pan-nocturnal photograph should be ultra-unusual. That doesn't mean that it's not crap. Hopefully, it does allow for opening up of new territory.
For the past year I've made a commitment to shoot some panos on every night photography trip. Night panos present an additional challenge compared to normal night photography. If each exposure requires a long exposure of five or ten minutes, then lighting (and weather) conditions can change between exposures. In fact, if you're shooting at the beach, the tide can even come in or go out. But new challenges mean new opportunities
("Crissy Field Pano", by Andy Frazer)Tim Baskerville has also begun a section within The Nocturnes site dedicated to panoramic night photography.For some other examples of great night photographs, check out Joe Reifer's Mad Mouse Rollercoaster, and Aaron Hobson's website. For some outstanding daytime pano photography, you really need to see Nuri Bilge Ceylen's site