Hugo Rodriguez / Digital Imaging Expert & Landscape Photographer
Most people think that panoramic photography simply consist on wide photographs that allow you to see a large horizontal field. In fact, that's how it was for many years ... but things have changed a lot.
In this place there is a cozy camping in the middle of a forest of very tall trees. A horizontal panorama allows you to get a rough idea of the place, although not totally:
Although it may not seem, this is a 100º horizontal view (which can only be obtained with a 13mm without distortion).
It’s in scenes like this where you can actually feel the panoramic technique can contribute a lot. Not only in wide axis but also in vertical axis.
This is the result of capturing it ALL, both the 360º horizontal, and the 180º vertical:
The problem is that this type of view - called equirectangular, very similar to the world map - is not the best to appreciate the scene in its full glory. An interactive view is the best for this. But ... since panoramic photography has evolved a lot until today, why not see one of the most spectacular views? Here's the look of the place in Reverse Little Planet: