Panographies

Shanghai Panograph, 2014. All Rights Reserved.


 

These represent my take on Panographies, which is a form of panoramic photography.

The usual version of panographies tries to align all individual elements to create a near perfect panorama, but my take is different – as can be seen in the myriad little distortions noted in the following works.

I feel that my manual stitching of such panoramas applies quite well to architectural photography – each individual element shows the details of the architectural building of interest while the viewer can still see the “whole” form of the building, even though imperfections in stitching are noticeable.

Feel free to contact me if you want a pano print up on your wall- I think it makes for a interesting conversation topic!

 

Bedok Jetty Hipstapanogram

Bedok Jetty Hipstapanogram, 2013. All Rights Reserved.

This should be viewed large with your monitor maximised.

Coconut Tree Hipstapanogram

Coconut Tree Hipsterpanogram, 2013. All Rights Reserved.

Big Tree Hipstapanogram

Big Tree at Kallang Riverside Park, 2012. All Rights Reserved.

There’s a nice coffee joint here this tree which I sometimes go if I have time for a quiet afternoon. [/accordion_pane]

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Changi Beach and Rainbow Hipstapanogram, 2012. All Rights Reserved

Just an evening at Changi Beach, at the eastern side of Singapore. This image was made just before it began to rain heavily – actually it  was already drizzling as I was taking the source images for this project. You can actually see the rainclouds to the left of the panography. There’s a rainbow just off centre to the right – probably best seen on a large monitor, and I find that with the panography technique I am able to highlight this rainbow feature. The image is also available for purchase via fotomoto here.

Marina Barrage Walkway Hipstapanogram

Marina Barrage Walkway Hipstapanogram, 2012. All Rights Reserved

This piece was made while I was doing my Singapore Skies series, early in the morning when few people were around. I’ve actually been to the Marina Barrage quite a few times at dawn, and it’s always a nice peaceful place to start the day. I especially like how the Hipstamatic filter created the color tints that concentrated on the pond at the lower right. My Hipstapanogram prints are available via fotomoto here.

 

Kallang Bougainvillea Hipstapanogram

Kallang Bougainvillea Hipstapanogram, 2012. All Rights Reserved

This hipstapanogram was made at the Kallang Riverside Park, where couples like to hang out. This is dedicated to my wife for Valentine’s Day! Love the clear blue skies and the lush bougainvillea bush on the roof of the shelter :)

This piece is best viewed large, so go ahead and click on it!

 

Singapore Quarry Hipstapanogram

Singapore Quarry Hipstapanogram, 2012. All Rights Reserved

This is a different use of panography as applied to landscape instead of architecture. The Singapore Quarry is located in the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve and is actually a pleasant place to visit for a walk. Despite being near the main Upper Bukit Timah Road it is secluded and peaceful.

 

T3 Hipstapanogram

T3 Hipstapanogram, 2012. All Rights Reserved.

Airports are places where farewells and welcomes are made – there’re already plenty of movies demonstrating this fact so I shan’t belabor the point. But airports are now the face of a country – the “hello” a country says to its visitors. And I have to say Changi Airport with its multiple terminals are truly something a Singaporean can be proud of. It is bright, clean, friendly, efficient and they sweat the details here – it may be the only airport with full carpeting after you cross the customs. This image shows the check in area of Terminal 3, Changi Airport – made when I sent my brother off to Adelaide.

 

Singapore Flyer Hipstapanogram

Singapore Flyer Hipstapanogram, 2012. All Rights Reserved

This is a Hipstapanogram – where my source images for this piece are from my iPhone camera using the “Hipstamatic” app. The subject is of course the Singapore Flyer, which is a very large Ferris Wheel in which you can see the a panoramic view of Singapore City. It is really quite an incredible structure if you get up close, and if you should visit Singapore it may be worth a trip to take a ride. This particular tourist attraction has a somewhat spotted history of repairs and stoppages – but it seemed to have weathered the teething problems and is now a permanent fixture of the Singapore skyline.

As a sidenote – I find that the iPhone 4S camera is actually quite usable especially for projects like Panographies. The resolution of the iPhone 4s is sufficient for me to create a large panography which can be printed up to A2 and possibly beyond. While single images cannot compare to my M9- because I have the iPhone wherever I go- I find it quite liberating that I now can consider doing some main projects on the move (using some creativity of course). As far as mobile photography or ‘snapshots’ go – you may find my essay on the Future of Photography of interest.

 

Rochor Centre

Rochor Centre. All Rights Reserved

This panography shows Rochor Centre of Singapore. This is a fairly old public housing estate with an attached commercial estate. The housing estate are painted with eyecatching colors of yellow, blue, green and red (not seen in this work). and the yellow/brown tiling of the floor at ground level is fascinating for photographers. This image was made on a particularly sunny near noon time – that’s why the ground is well lit. Otherwise it would have shadows cast from the various blocks that tower above it.

Control Hut Railway

Control Hut Railway. All rights Reserved

This is a panography of the control hut at Bukit Panjang, along the KTM (Keretapi Tanah Melayu) railway. The railway is scheduled to cease operations from 1st July 2011. Most people crossing the border use vehicles / motorbikes / airplanes nowadays, which is possibly the reason for cessation of operations.In this image, the left hand side shows the track that is going towards Malaysia and the right is onwards towards the Tanjong Pagar Station. This control hut is in charge of the level crossing along the roads – which you can see on the left hand side of the image. Soon cars going along the road will no longer be stopped to wait for a train to cross.

Personally, I do have a single memory of riding the KTM railway when I was very young – but it is not a particularly fond memory as I remember the hygiene of the train was not very good then. Also, I stay somewhere in the vicinity of this particular section of the railway, and frequently cross it during my runs, so it will be interesting to see what happens to it after cessation of operations.

Kallang Stadium West Entrance

Kallang Stadium West Entrance. All Rights Reserved

This particular panography is one of my all-time favourites: an iconic building in Singapore which has sadly been demolished. This is the place where the Kallang Roar originated, where many generations of older Singaporeans watched football with a sense of pride and belonging.

This image shows the West Entrance of the Kallang Stadium, and was taken / made sometime after it was closed and scheduled for demolition.

It is best viewed on a larger monitor, but even this is a reduced file compared to the original. And as is my practice, I will only self print my panographies for best results – so drop me a line if you want a print of Singapore’s History!

MICA Panography

MICA Panography. All Rights Reserved

For this particular panograph – it is a famous building in Singapore – housing the Ministry for Information, Communications and the Arts. There is also a serendipitious capture of a young man walking across the building which I like.