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Posted by Mara Eastern

I'm a sardonic blogger, snapper, scribbler and rhymer; a virtual space invader who indulges in cheerful negativism, morbid self-deprecation and bleak humour.

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  1. When I discovered the panorama function, maybe a year ago, I could not stop playing with it for the first couple of days and now I have to be reminded to use it when visiting somewhere interesting. What makes my panoramas disastrous and humorous is that they often have humans caught in them – mainly Mr Pict and the Pictlings but also background randoms – and if those people should move while I am panning then all manner of peculiarities occur from elongated heads to the same child appearing twice in one photo, as if cloned.

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    1. Hilarious! Panoramas are clearly not the ideal format for family pictures, unless you wish to style them as the Addams Family πŸ˜‰ Now of course I got to try panoraming people to see what curious results I get myself!

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      1. I try to tell my kids to stay behind me or move out of the way as I’m panning but, of course, they’ve seen the hilarious, mutant results so they do all they can to make them weird.

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        1. Of course they would! I’m already thinking to which busy public place I’ll go to produce panoramas with mutant people without being disturbed by the mutants, who might not want to participate in my composition.

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          1. Public parks on sunny days produce a lot of mutants.

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          2. I’m already envisioning my next post. It shall be entitled the Mutant Apocalypse.

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  2. These are nice dumps! πŸ˜€ I like your outfit — what a shame you didn’t meet anyone …

    What type of phone do you have?

    I have that function too, but haven’t played around much with it. Twice, I think. Once from our balcony … but that’s just a general view of this neighbourhood that’s interesting to noone, another from up on Fort Howe, which is the look-out-point of this city. It didn’t turn out well. I will try again, because that’s at least a nice spot. Should do it before sunset so I have the sun in my back.

    I use Google’s Auto Backup [as a secondary precaution]. It’s an app here on the computer, and as soon as there’s a new picture, it backs up. Google themselves sometimes suggest various styling and sometimes they stitch photos together to a panoramic picture. Those have been better than mine!

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    1. Haha πŸ˜€ It’s my hobo outfit. I was quite pleased how I managed to put on a huge jumper and a small jacket over it. I grew so fat recently that I have literally nothing to wear. Oops.

      I have a new Lenovo phone and generally I love it. I’m curious about experimenting with things, so now I think I’ll be taking panoramas of most unpanoramic things. Like dumps. My mother uses the Google app for photos and she feeds me her collages all the time… I got to owe to Google that they’re quite nice. But not even Google can make up for the fact that mother only ever takes pictures of her dog πŸ˜‰

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      1. Send her back oodles of cat collages LOL

        Sometimes, the stylized ones are quite nice, and they really seem to know which ones are fit for b/w.

        By coincidence, after I’d commented here, I found *both* my attempts at panorama and they were just as lousy as I remembered. Must try again, when the weather gets better.

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        1. Haha, yes, I totally should respond to dog collages with cat collages πŸ™‚ My attempts at panorama are literally rubbish, but that won’t stop me from playing with the function. I love it…

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          1. I will try again … with a bit of practice, they will get better. Would be so nice to have one of this city …

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          2. Panoramas would also work great as blog headers πŸ™‚ It’s just the right dimensions.

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          3. Yeah! The next time I go back to my little hometown in Sweden, I really have to make a point of remembering panorama …

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  3. i’m a pano novice too, but it’s been fun experimenting lately. that last shot is suuuper cool

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    1. Thanks a lot! It is huge fun, I love all kinds of experiments with the camera. And now I think I won’t use anything but panorama for quite a while. I must try panoraming my cat.

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      1. well good luck with that venture!

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        1. It’s harder than it looks, the cat remains perfectly uncooperative. I thought she’d enjoy having her tail prolonged in a panorama pic.

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          1. it doesn’t look easy at all!

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  4. Great photos – must learn how to take them, lol πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you! It’s relatively easy to switch to the panorama function on the phone – provided that your phone camera has the panorama button – but actually taking the panoramas proved more difficult than what I thought. I ended up with lots of bizarrely distorted shots…

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      1. I’ve got a brand new phone – Kogan – much like the Samsung. Will have to look into it. I thought you used a camera!

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        1. I learned a new brand today, Kogan πŸ™‚ My camera surely has the paroma function too, but it’s too heavy for me to pan without zigzagging, so I didn’t try to panorama with the camera. I need to get a tripod for the camera for this… The phone is quite handy for this kind of experiments though πŸ™‚

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          1. I’m trying to get my head around how to use it… Kogan is a cheaper version of Samsung. In Aussie dollars it cost $300 instead of over $900. Quite honestly, it works just as well for me.

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          2. Yes, I googled the brand and found that it was an Aussie one. The price looks still whooping to me, I paid about 300 AUD for my new Lenovo model, and it wasn’t by far the cheapest option, you can get smartphones for half the price. It’s hard to start with a smartphone, but you’ll get the grips of it!

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  5. I love your panoramas. People always take panoramas of scenic shit, but not you. You’re different and take panoramas of real shit. πŸ˜€

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    1. Thank you! I shoot what’s available for me, so when I live in a dump, I shoot the dump. I doubt I’d shoot classic beautiful sceneries even if I could though, I find them extremely boring.

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  6. Thank you for following my itty bitty foto site! The problem with panos are they just don’t render on most screens correctly. Too big!

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    1. You’re welcome πŸ™‚ It didn’t occur to me that panoramas might not display correctly on all devices and screens – but then, it’s an experiment for me, I don’t think I’ll be taking too many of them too often.

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  7. Thanks again for this inspirational post Mara!
    Here’s my take, inspired by you:
    https://artishorseshit.wordpress.com/2016/03/13/dump-o-rama/

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    1. I love your dump-o-rama!! But I need to be careful so that I don’t love too many things. That would ruin my hater image. You inspired me to taking some more dumporamas, but it’s harder than it looks to get the picture right. So I’ll probably keep on practising and wait to gather some more material before posting it.

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      1. My dumporama was the first I’ve ever made and I thought it was difficult. Shooting a beautiful panorama landscape is easy. Dumporamas are at a whole new level. I need to practise more too.

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