Contains the complete images from the solo exhibition "17 mm and 180 degrees" as held at Ventura, CA in October 2007.
The camera is able to capture views that extend beyond the limits of the human eye. From the all encompassing panorama, in this case extended to a full 180° of view, to the exaggerated perspective of a wide angle lens, in this case 17mm, Peter and Kim show us a different view of reality and allow us to see in a way that we normally could not.
Throughout 2007, husband and wife team Peter and Kim Binfield have explored these two unique viewpoints – Peter creating the panoramas, and Kim exploring the wide angle views. This exhibit presents the results of their photographic journey.
What Does 17 mm Actually Mean?
17 mm is the focal length of the lens that Kim used to record her wide angle images. Kim and Peter primarily use a digital Single Lens Reflex (SLR) camera, but unlike many consumer digital SLRs this particular one has a full frame sensor (the 12 megapixel Canon 5D) which means that images are recorded exactly as they would be on a 35mm film SLR. Therefore a 17mm lens on this camera records a truly 'wide angle' view (the diagonal field of view recorded with the lens is 104 degrees), and whilst this is not a fisheye lens, it still provides an unusually extended field of view. Images recorded with this focal length lens have exaggerated perspective and appear 'hyper-real'.
What Does 180 Degrees Actually Mean?
A full circle is 360 degrees, and so when Peter refers to "180 degrees" he is referring to an image which extends through half a circle - from one side to another. These images were created by taking multiple high resolution images and digitally bringing them together to form a seamless panoramic image (this is a more flexible technique than simply using a fisheye lens, resulting in images with less distortion and higher resolution - some of the images have a resolution in excess of 140 megapixels). In this way, the panoramas that Peter has created allows the viewer to see and experience far more than would normally be the case. Details at one side or another of a scene suddenly become apparent within the context of the overall scene.
See more of their work at www.binfieldphotography.com