Tibet with an iPhone

Oct 13, 2017 / Photography / travel

Panoramas impart a sense of space that one camera image, using a normal lens, is unable to do. It’s incredible what the iphone can do, and it fits in my pocket.

Of course, panoramas suffer from perspective distortions, especially if there are elements in the foreground. It’s very apparent with straight lines. I don’t think the highway guard rails (in the panorama above) really were curved in that way. You can eliminate these distortions, but you would have to bring more photographic gear, and who wants that?

The main point of going to Tibet was to see Everest, and it took two days by bus to get to Everest base camp, with amazing vistas along the way.

And finally we arrived at 5pm. This was the last stopover before Everest. It was rainy and dark.

Unfortunately, the weather stayed like this during the time we were there. So instead of seeing Everest peak, we only saw this.

Overall, the Tibet trip was still amazing. I loved the scenery, the Buddhist monasteries, the food, and the people. Photographically, this trip pushed me to make panoramas, which I’ve never done on the iPhone.

The iPhone panorama feature is a powerful tool in conveying the sense of space in the landscapes you may come across in your travels. Try it.

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Jonah Calinawan

Hello! I’m Jonah Calinawan, an accountant, artist, and mythologist. I create cyanotype art that makes you think and feeds the soul and write about the quest for a meaningful life through art and mythology.

On August 6, 2020, a night-time dream led me to pursue a Ph.D. in Mythology with a special emphasis on Depth Psychology. I don’t know how grad school connects to my art and writing, but I’m willing to find out. Subscribe for updates.

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