Panobook 2014: Interview with Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji, Third Best Panoramic Photographer of the Year
The results of the panoramic photography contest Kolor Panobook 2014 has been announced two weeks ago. Mohammad Reza won the third place of the contest. We would be glad to get to know him a little more.
Mohammad, you won the third place of the contest, congratulations! Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I am 23 years old. I am living in Babol which is located in northern Iran. I am still a student, I am learning physics at university. Until now, I have not attended any photography lessons or workshops. However I learnt a lot by seeing the work of Jeffrey Martin, he helped me to improve my knowledge and helped me to learn some techniques. I am interested in architectural photography as well as panoramic photography and I like to merge them in my works. I really care about symmetry and lights.
What drew you to panoramic photography versus other forms of photography?
I like this format because I am able to show a whole building or a whole place in one picture.
What motivated you to take part in the Panobook 2014 contest?
Kolor Panobook is a big contest and many panoramic photographers take part each year. The quality of images submitted this year were nice thus I decided to submit my images and see how they would be ranked.
What does this victory mean to you?
I was proud to see my name in the winning list among all those images submitted! However and to be honest, I am not satisfied by the third place!
What inspired you when you took the shot?
Those stained glasses and mosaics with the lights coming inside the mosque were awesome.
Do you use any specific hardware and software to shoot panoramas?
I use a Canon 7D, Sigma 8m fisheye, Nodal Ninja 3, PTGui, Photomatix, Photoshop 6, Lightroom.
Do you have other projects you would like to share with us? What are your future plans in panoramic photography?
I want to make panoramic images of all famous buildings and places in Iran. I want to show them from another angle.
If you were asked to give a new photographer some advice about the world of landscape photography and shooting panoramas, what would that be?
Try to be yourself , try to have your own Creativity ! I mean don’t try to copy others. Every one is different and every one can be the best photographer if he try to be himself :)
Many thanks Mohammad. Once again, congratulations for “Nasir Al Mulk”.