Since preparing visuals for our first offshore wind development almost 10 years ago we have continued to capture photography and prepare photo simulations in a panoramic format. Thankfully those days of scanning negatives and stitching them in Photoshop using alpha channels has long past. We now use the latest in digital photographic hardware and software and have a fully customised workflow to help us output panoramic imagery of the highest quality.
It is important to note that all panoramas are captured in accordance with the latest photographic and simulation standards. We use cameras and lenses that are technically correct for the job at hand ensuring that our simulations are ‘as the eye would see them’ in reality. We supplement panoramic simulations with single shot simulations where necessary.
The benefits of the panoramic format are as follows:
See Entire Developments from Close-Up Viewpoints
Where there is a requirement for a photomontage of a proposed development from a close viewpoint it can be difficult to encompass the entire façade or site area (including landscaping) within the frame of a single photograph. Alternatively, to demonstrate the development over several individual frames is disjointed and can be confusing for the viewer.
Macro Works has spent several years honing a process to compile and present panoramic photomontages enabling us to demonstrate large developments in their entirety within a single image – from viewpoints both near and far. This allows the viewer to experience the proposed scheme in a coherent fashion as though standing at the viewpoint and panning the head from left to right across the entire scene.
Present Developments in the Context of Surrounding Landscape
Assessment of the suitability or otherwise of a proposed development in the landscape requires knowledge and/or a view of the landscape within which it is being situated. This can be achieved through a site visit or with ancillary photographs.
Panoramic photomontages allow the viewer to see the entire scene as it would be experienced from a given viewpoint and thus provides the context for a more informed assessment to be made.
Present Other Developments in the View
An important factor in determining the suitability of a proposed development in a particular landscape is whether or not there is a precedent already set. If there is another wind farm or industrial development in view from a given viewpoint, then it is important to include this information.
The panoramic format allows a proposed development to be viewed in the context of other structures already present, again, providing for a more informed assessment to be made.