Recently I spent a month trekking in the Everest region of Nepal with Kim Bannister of Kamzang. Kim and her partner Lhapka provided first class service, expert guidance and helped us tremendously with some of the obstacles of the trek, expected and unexpected. I can’t recommend her highly enough and I will be back for another trek in the Indian Himalyas in the not too distant future.
This wasn’t a photography trip, it was for the experience of traveling and hiking with my girlfriend in an incredible region. Landscape photography is an all-encompassing pursuit that takes a great deal of research, often quite a bit of gear, and many hours for scouting and executing fine art images. It is incredibly difficult to achieve unless the sole purpose of the trip is designed around the pursuit of creating fine art images. So I leave the heavy camera equipment gear at home and hit the road with a point in shoot with a large sensor, the Ricoh GR, and an iPhone 5s.
The Ricoh GR is fitted with an APS-C sized sensor and enables me to print large any image that may come from the camera. It’s small size comes with a trade-off though, as it has a fixed focal length of 24mm.
The iPhone 5s doesn’t provide me with images for print, or anything of financial value to me or my company, but it tells stories like no other camera can through the use of fantastic apps. I know Sony has started an app store and it’s in its infancy, but it would be incredible to have a DSLR system with the Apple App Store ecosystem. I used my fair share of HDR Pro, the best HDR software I’ve ever used, and it happens in camera, but the app that really shined was DMD Panorama.
What makes DMD Panorama different from your standard panorama app is the ability to play back your image in a cinematic style. The Hymalayas are filled with incredible 360 degree views. What better way to tell the story than with DMD Panorama? You can share the images in a standard format or share a link to view the cinematic effect. After showing the group how the app works, we had people ditching their point and shoots and spinning in circles with their iPhones.
Here is a sample of some of the standard panos taken with the app. Click on each image for a larger view. To see what the panos look like in movie mode, check out this example.