Recreating a panorama

Monday, September 24, 2018

On September 24, 1848 Charles Fontayne and William S. Porter—using one of the earliest forms of photography, daguerreotype—photographed Cincinnati from atop a building in Newport, Kentucky, creating a sweeping, eight-plate panorama.

170 years later, I was lucky to stand with 4 other photographers to recreate the image with a technologically advanced Hasselblad camera for a FotoFocus showing.

In addition to the recreation we had the opportunity to borrow the camera and take more panoramas behind the city. It was nerve-wracking simply to hold the camera and I blame my shaky hand for soft focus on my shots, but oh what a thrill.

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Some hat tips are in order: Chris Ashwell from Cincy Stories that put this all together, and fellow photographers Sharee Allen, Maureen France and Tony Walsh.