Droid X takes a ride and views America 180 degrees at a time

fiestapan.jpgWho says that you can’t take a picture out of your windshield and rear window at the same time.
It isn’t the outcome of shooting a 180 degree photo as much as the skill of holding and rotating a camera to track a scene along a plane that isn’t the horizon (particularly in a confined space), which I find interesting. The Droid X can track a panoramic photo in any direction.
The interior of my 2011 Ford Fiesta.
I used the rear view mirror to capture myself. The challenge comes as you try to rotate the camera, switch hands, and remove your arms from the scene.
The end product of a panoramic photo is somewhere between video and still. It’s a huge pan, but all in one frame. It doesn’t really fit into alot of formats.
It doesn’t load as a Facebook upload.
It makes me happy that the ridiculously longer than wide photo breaks things that have decided that 5 x 7 inches is the way the world is supposed to look.
Follow along with the dynamic map below as I head to the Maine coast to refine my Droid X panoramic skills.



A cross country trip I took last month with the HTC Incredible, original Droid and an HTC My Touch 2 all running on the Verizon network can be found here:
Two friends, two bikes, two weeks, one big country (greenmesh – June 13)
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More about using the panorama function on the Droid X
Droid X Panorama mode is the phone journalist’s wide angle (greenmesh – July 8)

About Paul Kuehnel

Paul Kuehnel has worked for the York Daily Record/Sunday News since 1984. Follow him on Twitter @paulkuehnel.
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