In The Desert
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Martin van Hemert
I've been shooting commercial photo work for close to 3 decades. In that time I've also done a lot of custom photo printing, first on old fashioned enlargers, and more recently on digital printers. My personal photo work in my earlier years centered on studio still lifes, in which I incorporated light painting. From there I move to larger outdoor scenes in which I again used light painting. For the last 7 or 8 years my personal work has centered almost entirely on spherical panoramas, which I feel is the best term for these 360 degree panoramas, but it seems to be a mouthful for most people
I'm pretty much a perfectionist when it comes to panoramas. I wanted to create full-sized images in 3D to show people world-wide what a beautiful, scenic place we live in: I was hooked. After two rounds of buying the wrong equipment, tons of on-line research and lots of testing, I finally got the results I was hoping for. It is a labor intensive process! These images are all shot in segments and then stitched together. Then they have to be HD (High Dynamic-range) tone-mapped. It currently is almost all I do as personal work.
Photo by Jimmy Bingham
This is only a small example of his work and he does spend a lot of time photographing areas all over Utah . Visit his web site ---
June 4th., 2014
Editors Note: We've been following Martin's work for several years now and his work with these spherical panoramas is amazing. We've watched him make small adjustments to them for better viewing on tablets and phones. He is a perfectionist. Scrolling around in his panos makes you feel like you're standing there at that very moment looking at the spectacular scenery he has brought to life.
Spherical Panorama Example
Martin's Spherical Panoramas are unique and give you a 3D effect.
You may want to use the buttons at the bottom of the panorama or you can just hold down the left mouse button and drag "slowly" to move the view to different points - left, right, up or down. If your mouse has a scroll wheel you can also zoom in or out.
This is a great way to see some of the most beautiful areas in the state of Utah.