I’m a bit of a gearhead at heart and always on the lookout for ways to mix new and old tools to create something new. So when I got into medium-format film photography last year, naturally one of the first things I did was get on the hunt to see if any kind of large-format digital camera existed, to create the depth and sense of 3d that only those bigger capture formats can.
That kinda hit a dead end, but led me to a guy on some car forum using panoramic stitching on vehicles with a telephoto lens to create the same kind of effect.
Since then I found out it’s existed in the form of a technique called “expansion” “bokeh panorama” or “brenizer method” over at least the last 6 years.
Ah well, can’t be everywhere first, but here’s my take on how I’ve worked out to shoot & edit them, and at the bottom, there’s a video that shows what happens when you take it to the extreme and create a (highly unnecessary, but whatevs) 540-image stitch.
The last three images after the video were panoramic stitches created on a Pentax 67II. It’s interesting to me that the same effect can be created using far less images on a native medium-format system.
I’ve gotten far wackier with this process, but i’ll share those images & processes a bit later on.
And here’s some shot on film, using a Pentax 67II with Tri-X, Fuji Acros, and Fuji 400H desaturated