Chances are you’ve never seen New York City like this.
Denis Gadbois, a senior instructor with the Faculty of Environmental Design, placed sixth in Creative Asia’s design competition for his panoramic image of the Big Apple.
More than 1,700 images were submitted by 438 photographers from 47 countries. Gadbois earned his ranking in the Street and Travel category for his 360-degree panoramic image of Times Square.
“The Square Times Square photograph was my response to the comments and recommendation I received during my presentation at NYC 2012 – The International Panoramic Photography Conference," said Gadbois. “Some of the best photographers in the world recommended I use Flexify, a Photoshop plug-in, to further release the designer in me. I accepted their challenge and produced this picture, using a Canon 5D Mark II with a fish eye lens.”
Done most easily using a tripod and rotating the camera around, 360-degree panoramic photography requires a series of images taken in a full circle. The images are then stitched together using photography software. Gadbois’ images were taken on a pole 12 feet from the ground, and then carefully assembled.
Creative Asia focuses on nurturing and educating Asian photographers and showcasing Asian photography to the rest of the world. They provide education and training programs throughout all regions of Asia. The competition was designed to increase awareness of current photography.
Gadbois teaches digital design. His interests focus on the evolving role of design in technology, with particular focus on multimedia based efforts using tools such as computing virtual environments and rapid prototyping.
He recently spoke at the Industrial Designers Society of American’s International Conference in Boston, where he presented a comparative study of the two different dining cultures in Hong Kong and Montreal. His presentation outlined the correlation between the cultures and products used during a dining event in the home environment.
Article by Jessica Wallace. Image by Denis Gadbois.