Overlapping Frame Panoramic Technique

Below find new artworks from my recent photographic trip to Italy. All of the images below were shot on an XA 4 using Kodak Ektar film. I am still scanning and editing my film and anticipate finishing this body of work in a month or two, at which time I will post a complete portfolio. No titles yet; just basic information with each image for identification purposes. The last image in the series however is a photograph of a finished printed artwork from this series and as such has additional information.

To view additional artworks made using this technique please view my A New Eden Artworks.

One last image made since my return and after figuring out how to do this technique on the Rollei 35… experimentation is key!

Sets of Trees, Bennington, Vermont. 2009
Copyright Stephen Schaub. 2009

16 thoughts on “Overlapping Frame Panoramic Technique

  1. Do you use a monopod or tripod to help keep the same camera position, or is this less critical than I would think?

    1. This is never going to give you a perfect frame to frame transition but rather it gives you a fragmented and somewhat imperfect view and I feel a more compelling panoramic image. It allows you to have multiple points of focus and different depth of field overlapping… it expresses an image more as the movie with missing frames than as a still image. I never use a tripod or monopod as I want the imperfection of misalignment as I feel this adds to the overall image quality and keeps it fluid.


  2. Any suggestions for doing this with the old Soviet Leica copies? I have a Leica IIIf, a FED 5-V, and a FED-2 but I don’t think this will work due to the shutter cocking with the film advance.

    1. No idea but give it a try… I’d suggest advancing the film say with 1/2 advance, pressing the button or flipping the switch and then finishing the advance… I’d also try that in reverse. Please keep me posted as to your results.

      Viva la Revolution!

  3. hi, this is really awesome and I’m looking forward to trying this with my XA! I have a question about scanning the film though, did you just scan these without the film holders? I have a film scanner but have always just scanned regular sized 35mm or 120 with the film holders. can we scan without those?

    1. The scans were done on our Imacon scanner using an oil mount technique and optical mylar… can you scan with the full frame?… it all depends on what scanner you have.


  4. Very helpful tip, thanks for posting this. The video instructional is a great idea. Time to go out with the XA and give it a shot! cheers

  5. Hey Stephen, are you familiar with the Vivitar uw&s? you think this technique is possible using that cammera?

  6. Hi!
    Congratulations for the web, i really like it. Has anybody tried with the lomo lc-a+? Would the multiexposure button help to make the process easier?

  7. Old Medium format folding cameras with knob wind and red window frame indication are great for this– you just might need to use a cable release to override the double exposure prevention. Most 120 films also have a series of 3 dots of decreasing size after each frame number which you can use to choose your frame spacing with a fair amount of precision. It’s hard to really see how this works unless you have some left over film backing paper to look at, so ask for leftovers from your photolab if don’t develop at home.

  8. This may be a silly question. Do you notice an issue with the frame counter when you use this technique? I took my first 2 rolls to test out my LCA and XA1 and, using 24 pic rolls, the counter was going well into the 30’s. I’m assuming this is normal. Or does it mean that there is an issue with my spool tension?

  9. After 11 years I found this post! I’m just trying to make panoramas with rollei35 or fed4. In the video there wasn’t the instruction for rollei. Have I the hope to have a your reply with instructions?

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