[Panobook 2013] Interview with Sébastien Fanget, Third place panoramic photographer of the year 2013
Sébastien Fanget wins the third place of the Kolor Panobook 2013 contest. Let’s get to know with this atypical photographer:
Sébastien, could you introduce yourself?
I am Sebastien, 33 years old. I practice photography “seriously” since 2008, mainly to shoot places that I liked when I went for a walk. I use to go regularly hiking thus I got pretty early interest in panoramic format and wanted to capture more mountains as possible in the same image! As a first step, I started with digital camera and quite recently I changed for a traditional silver film camera (the Noblex 06/150). Approaches are a little different, but somewhere quite complementary!
What motivated you to take part in the Panobook 2013 contest?
I take part to very few photo contest actually, because initially I prefer to shoot and keep images for myself. I love to capture moments of life, places, moods, memories! The idea of Panobook nevertheless interested me because, beyond the contest itself, it is very exciting, if you are selected of course, to get one or more of his photos published in a book, along with panoramic photos each more beautiful than the next. In addition, the Panobook is also a great Christmas gift for loved ones
What does this third place mean to you?
To be honest, I did not expect at all: a little planet, even if it is original, which alongside more traditional panoramas on the podium, it seemed impossible. Is extremely rewarding, it also gave me a huge motivation to look for other subjects and shoot other little planets!
What inspired you when you took the shot?
After its recent renovation (in 2012), the shape and scalloped side of the bridge hold my interest. At the opening of the contest, I made a first spotting during the day. After the first stitching, I was immediately impressed by the graphics rendering. A few days later, I went back during the night and to my surprise, discovered that the bridge was also illuminated by floodlit colors, giving the finishing touch to this photo!
In general, what equipment & software do you use during your shooting session?
Nikon D700 and Samyang 14mm f/2.8 for the camera equipment itself. I also have a tripod Vanguard Alta Pro 263 with a Benro head + panoramic head Nodal Ninja 5. Concerning the software, for the Raw, I use Lightroom then version 3 of Autopano Giga to stitch my images. The tripod is finally removed photo with Photoshop. I underline that Autopano 3 is very interesting thanks to its projection mode “little planet” because I save a considerable amount of time and do not need to use a lot of software.
What are your favorite subjects to shoot?
Difficult to answer as I love to shoot a lot of things such as: nature, macro flowers, insects, mountain landscapes, waterfalls and so on. I notice while I am writing that none of the panos I sent this year to the 2013 Panobook do not fit into these boxes…
Do you have other projects you would like to share with us? What are your future plans in panoramic photography?
I hope to shoot other little planet. You can have a look on my gallery named “Valse des Mondes”.
Let’s end with your last word?
Thanks to Kolor and Darqroom. Many thanks to the jury for their consideration and choices. Congratulations to all the winners of this Panobook 2013, I look forward to flip through a copy of the Panobook 2013 with all your accomplishments!
See you next year?
Sébastien Fanget’s website
To congratulate Sébastien or leave him a kind message, you can use: sebastien [at] sfphotos.fr
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