HDR B/W PANORAMAS - Olympus OM-D E-M10 Nokia Lumia 1020 Smartphone

These are experimental chiaroscuro HDR black and white multi-image stitched 'panoramas' shot with my Olympus OM-D E-M10 and Panasonic 15mm f/1.7 lens and Nokia Lumia 1020 Smartphone. The original images (usually three or four for each pano) were uploaded onto my iPad. I then stitched them together in Autostitch and edited them with Snapseed.

Very dramatic (and VERY 'grainy') this is something I love creating, while acknowledging that they may well not be that commercial. But then if we don't experiment, we don't learn. And if there is one thing I've gained from embracing the 'smartphone aesthetic' is that I (we) shouldn't be afraid to try new things and move out of our comfort zones. 

We may fail, we may come up with images in the future we'd rather forget and of course for those of us who earn a living with a camera, we may find that what we create has no market. But that doesn't really matter. I gave up long ago trying to get the 'money shot'. And I wouldn't be shooting what I do if was concerned about optimising my income.

As a photographer I count myself fortunate to earn a decent living doing what I love and with that in mind I often feel duty bound to give things a go that I know won't earn me much, if anything at all. Because if creativity isn't inventive, or fun, or unpredictable or capable of making us wonder why on earth we bothered to do what we did in the first place, then we probably aren't doing it right.

That's not to say that I don't like the images above, I do, though I would have liked the finished results to be somewhat 'cleaner'. However, the point of the exercise was to 'give it a go'. Will I do it again? Maybe. Maybe not. But I have got a very different view of a place I visit often and whether or not anybody buys them is neither here nor there. Apart from anything else, if we don't enjoy creating what we create, how can we expect anyone else to enjoy it. Soulless in Soulless out.