10/23/2012 02:32 pm ET Updated Dec 23, 2012

Panoramic Photography Without Panoramas (PHOTOS)

Back in the analog days I enjoyed shooting with 35mm Wide-Lux and Noblex cameras. I was not so much interested in shooting the traditional nature or cityscape panoramas for which the cameras are ideal but to photograph people in their settings whether in the street or in the studio. Both of the them are "swing lens" cameras in which a wide angle lens (28mm in the case of the Noblex) swings a 135 degree arc creating a very wide aspect ratio image (about 2.35:1).


The wide angle lens requires that you get very close to the action to snap an effective image. In the image above I was about six feet from the young boy. But the camera looks so odd and is essentially silent that most people do not realize that you are taking a photo.