Who invented the word “panorama”
It was English miniature and porcelain painter Robert Baker, with Irish ancestry, who first used the word “panorama”, for naming his cycloramas. It consist of the Greek pan (all) and horama (vision) words, which implies that if you see a landscape in great distance, in a broad perspective, you see a complete image – even if not all, but almost all or many things – at the same time. The secret of the panorama view is that the observed objects must be viewed from an appropriate distance and from a high level place. This allows you to see – instead of details – the “big total” that makes a deep impression with its grandiosity.
What mountains teach you
It is a fact that you can see breathtaking panoramas on high locations, for example looking down from the top of mountains. The question is why people like mountains so much. Probably, not only because of panorama views. A possible answer might be that mountains are places that are less controlled by humanity, thus they belong to the less civilised and wider territories of the Earth. When people go on an excursion, especially in case of high mountains, and move away from the civilised world, hikers may recognise that the world is much bigger and more fascinating than the civilised environment that was transformed by societies.
According to another aspect, mountains and hiking are really loved by those who like challenges. A high mountain tour is a very good analogue of purposeful thinking: during hiking you have an aim, and in order to reach it, you have to plan and prepare appropriately. Besides facing challenges during your way, the goal, the peak is always in front of your eyes. You have to overcome obstacles, combat difficulties and sometimes solve occurring problems to achieve success. Finally, when you reach your goal, you can admire the panorama looking in the distance on top of the mountain. One thing that mountains teach you during hiking and mountain climbing – besides the fact that the world is wonderful – is purposeful thinking.
How to take a panorama photo?
Taking panorama photos is one of the favourite processes of landscape photography. As photo camera developers knew from the start that landscapes were popular, they put a great emphasis on developing the functions needed for taking landscape photos. That is why, among others, all digital cameras have these functions nowadays, thus landscape photography can be recommended to beginners actually, for it is a fairly simple task.
Making a panorama picture is a photo-technical solution where the picture is fitted from several different photos. In case of a landscape, minimum 3-4 photos have to be taken for one picture. The main point of the preparation is that every part photo must contain minimum a quarter of the previous photo in order that they can be fitted together. Fitting may be made by image editing software or special software items created for this purpose.
Translated by Zita Aknai
- Douglas Harper: "Panorama" in: Online Etymology Dictionary (etymonline.com) Hozzáférés ideje: 2020 szeptember 24.
- Enczi Zoltán, Richard Keating: A digitális fotózás műhelytitkai kezdőknek - 2007, Budapest, ISBN 963 8666641