One of the best things about the many iPhotography apps available is that they increase the capabilities of the iPhone’s camera. One great example is panoramic photography. Pano is one such app featured in the App Store’s Hall of Fame. It is available for both iPhone and Android devices and helps create stunning panoramic images.
We got in touch with Debacle Software, the developer of Pano, to find out more about the app’s history and showcase 10 extraordinary panoramas created with the app.
“When we created Pano in 2008, our aim was to develop a photography tool that would allow users to capture things that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to capture with their cameras,” says Julian Lepinski, Pano’s co-creator.
Take a look through the photo gallery for examples of flawless skies, amazing scenery and more. And let us know in the comments if you’ve created your own iPhone or Android panoramas.
1. Eric Akaoka
"Taken by Debacle Software's own Eric Akaoka, this pano really captures that hot, dusty summer feeling. I love the big blue sky and the golden grass stretching from edge-to-edge through the photo," says Lepinski.
2. Julian Lepinski
"I was in China this spring, and shot this [panoramic photo] looking out from the great wall (a portion of which is visible in the right region of the photo). The great wall was breathtaking, and the views from the wall are one of those things that are hard to capture with a normal photograph."
"This photo of Bow Lake in Banff, Alberta, is wonderful not only for the beautiful scenery and colors but for the incredible reflection of the mountains captured in the lake."
4. Julian Lepinski
"South of Korea there's an island called Jeju which has a peak at its easternmost point called Sunrise Peak. I shot this pano immediately after sunrise, looking west over the island. This shot made the 5 a.m. hike to the top worthwhile!"
"Shot at Lake Geneva ... this photo does a great job of capturing a person as well as their surroundings. With such a wide angle, the photographer has managed to capture a beautiful sunset, the glassy lake and their subject all at once."
6. Julian Lepinski
"I shot this myself looking out over Stanford University, in Palo Alto, California. Stanford's campus has these wonderful red-tiled roofs (as you can see) and is ringed by foothills, which was a perfect opportunity for a beautiful [panoramic]."
"I can't look at this picture without catching my breath. Taken in the Swiss Alps, this photo takes in such a wide expanse that you can see the light and dark of the cloud cover playing across the mountains. The small cabin in the foreground adds something amazing to this photo."
"This is a really unconventional shot and I love it. I don't know [how] the photographer got this shot and had everything turn out so perfectly, but this really feels like a bug's-eye-view of this field ... I love this one because it takes you somewhere that is new and familiar at the same time."
"Add another bias to our list: sunrises and sunsets! This is the type of photo that a single frame simply doesn't capture. This one was shot in Miami with the sun going down, and the city looks absolutely gorgeous!"
"When we developed Pano ... we never even thought about taking vertical panos. That was not an issue, however, as our users quickly adapted it to take innumerable [panoramic photos] that we would have never imagined. This gorgeous vertical pano captures the sunset in a way that no normal photo could do justice to."