Panoramic Perspectives – Full Gallery

I became especially interested in a holistic view of the surroundings and then transferring  that 3 dimensional scene onto  2 dimensional canvas (Beautiful Stairway – Yarra Footbridge Night). This only became technically feasible with the advent of high quality digital SLR cameras and high power computers.

To produce these large panoramic images of 100 Megapixels or more, I have to capture 50 to 100+ images of a scene, blend them together seamlessly, and map them using mathematical projections based on those first developed by ancient mapmakers, modified suitably for the nature of the scene and what I want to finally project.

In the scene Behind BSG I show a night time scene in the Victorian era  laneway just behind busy Brunswick street. Stepping back there at night is like going into a time warp.

In The Ball Bearing  I want to show the cradle in which a large electrical generator once rested, as well as the vast structure of the derelict power station surrounding it. The rust and decay of the sweeping roof beams overhead create a striking contrast with the large ball bearing on the ground.

These are some of my favourite places. A frisson of excitement and fear runs through me as I stand inside these crumbling building in the darkness of the morning at 4am, waiting for the sun to rise and illuminate the dark interior and reveal the beauty which lies in the decay of these magnificent edifices which once served us so well.

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The_Ball_Bearing_102x203cm

Giclee print, Epson Ultrachrome K3 pigmented ink on archival canvas.

Composite of 39 images, 90 Megapixels.

Inside the generator cradle foundation, derelict power station, W.A.

A large ball bearing reflects the surroundings…

 

Entering and shooting on my own in this derelict 10 storey building was nerve-wracking. Entry is forbidden, 3 murders have been committed here, the building is crumbling, the subterranean tunnels are inhabited. I shot 300 frames in quick succession until my 16GB memory card was full.

Take a virtual tour of the Ball Bearing

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Giclee print, Epson Ultrachrome K3 pigmented ink on archival canvas.
Composite of 99 images, 214 Megapixels.

Inside the stairwell which leads to the upper galleries, derelict power station, North Coogee W.A.
A stairwell of such beauty that it could grace the grandest mansion.

Take a virtual tour of the Beautiful Stairway. Look down, you will see the arrows that I chalked on the floor to mark the position of my camera tripod.

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Upper Gallery 284x142cm

Giclee print, Epson Ultrachrome K3 pigmented ink on archival canvas.
Composite of 108 images, 216 Megapixels.

View from the upper galleries of the main power hall, derelict power station, North Coogee W.A.

05:30am, the golden sunrise streams in through the windows on the southern side. In order to capture these scenes, I entered the power station shortly after 04:00am. It is awesomely scary to stand in this huge derelict building in the dark, an experience not to be missed!

 

Due to the very large contrast between the bright light streaming in and the dark shadows in the interior, the panoramic images from inside the power station require a number of overlapping image “scenes”, each scene requiring a number of bracketed exposure frames to capture detail in the full tonal range. This scene required 12 overlapping scene frames each with 9 bracketed exposures. The working file is 2.75Gigabyte in size. 

Stand on the walkway and view the sun rise in this virtual tour.

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Beautiful Stairway No3 220x110cm

Ice Mount, Epson Ultrachrome K3 pigmented ink on metallic paper, bonded to a protective acrylic sheet.
Composite of 126 images, 216 Megapixels.

View the stairway from the lower landing in this virtual tour

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Power_Hall_No1_71x142cm

Giclee print, Epson Ultrachrome K3 pigmented ink on archival canvas.
Composite of 30 images, 90 Megapixels.

Take a virtual tour of this location. Look down, you are standing in my footsteps.

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Power Hall No2 142x71cm

Giclee print, Epson Ultrachrome K3 pigmented ink on archival canvas.
Composite of 30 images, 90 Megapixels.

Take a virtual tour of this location

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The Last Sunset 203x91cm

Giclee print, Epson Ultrachrome K3 pigmented ink on archival canvas.
Composite of 39 frames, 165Megapixels, 2.72GB

Take a virtual tour of this derelict site at night – what a great “spooky” feeling it gives you!

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Behind_BSG_Fitzroy_No1_142x71cm

Behind_BSG_Fitzroy_No2_142x71cm

 

Giclee print, Epson Ultrachrome K3 pigmented ink on archival canvas.

Composite of 10 images, 90 Megapixels.

 

From the series “Megalopolis”.  

 

Fitzroy never sleeps. A cold midwinter night after rain swept through. I show a night time scene in the Victorian era  laneway just behind busy Brunswick street. Stepping back there at night is like going into a time warp.

This image was one of the most complex that I have created and took many days and several wasted canvases to produce.

RAW f/8.0 0.6s ISO6400 Canon EOS 5D MkII, Sigma 15mm 1:2.8 EXDG Fisheye.

I purposely retained the high ISO noise, because that is how the eye sees in the dark. It gives a “gritty” feel to the image, but also makes it very difficult to seamlessly join image frames.

To experience a virtual tour of this scene, leave the gallery, turn right, turn right in to Argyle St. Stand on the corner of Argyle Pl, look around.

However, if you are scared of the variety of denizens of the dark which may be encountered in Victorian laneways, such as Dippers, Fine Wirers, Flimps, Maltoolers, Mobsmen and Toolers (slang for 19th century pickpockets), then take an electronic tour instead. I have encountered only the most interesting denizens of the dark in these alleyways. Colourfully dressed, voluble, friendly. The clear liquid which they imbibe may not be H2O, but who cares. In the virtual tour you will see two gentlemen who approached me and expressed much interest in my activities. After a great discussion in the dark they bade me well and expressed their intention to “get legless”:

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YarraFootbridgeNight_71x142cm

Giclee print, Epson Ultrachrome K3 pigmented ink on archival canvas.
Composite of 83 images captured during the magical twilight hour. The light changes rapidly as the sky changes from blue to black.

From the series “Megalopolis” 2) (3 at the present time(1), Megalopolis().

(1)With photography we seek to capture the present. “But the present does not exist: It is an illusion, an evanescent borderline of the future suddenly turning into the past.” (Philippe Halsman).
(2)megalopolis (mĕgəlŏp`lĭs) [Gr.,=great city], a group of densely populated metropolitan areas that combine to form an urban complex.
(3)A term signifying a group of conurbations; derived from the name of the ancient Greek city of Megalopolis, which arose as a result of the merger of more than 35 settlements of Arcadia (The Great Soviet Encyclopedia 1979).

Take a virtual tour of this location.

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Symbolic Room_71x142cm

Giclee print, Epson Ultrachrome K3 pigmented ink on archival canvas.

Room painted with symbols, inside a derelict textile warehouse Collingwood, Melbourne
Take a virtual tour of the room.

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One Comment

  1. Ian Rolfe May 4, 2012 at 09:11 #

    Wow…. some amazing artworks here!!
    incredible HDR and I can appreciate how much work has gone into these image composites!!

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