EHHPS is delighted to welcome Gareth Davies whose talk will very briefly cover the history of panoramic photography, before describing the different types of panoramas. Gareth will concentrate on ‘slit-scan’ images, including 360 degree images made with rotating cameras, photofinish images, more usually seen in horse racing or athletics to determine finishing positions, and streak images, normally only used for scientific purposes, as well as slit-scan videos. There will be a chance to see and handle several specialist panoramic cameras, including a Swiss precision rotating camera and a photofinish one made out of Lego, but the talk will also show how to make these types of images without specialist equipment.
Gareth specialises in panoramic imaging, an interest first started in 1995 using a Russian swing-lens camera which continued by building a rotating 360degree camera in 1999. He has built two further cameras for his experiments with photofinish photography, but now mainly uses commercially built film cameras or digital techniques. He is one of only two UK members of the International Association of Panoramic Photographers.