Photographer’s Profile

Thomas K Sharpless
Thomas K Sharpless
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

I'm a retired software engineer who got into panoramic photography by hacking a desktop document scanner into a rotating slit camera. I eventually built 5 scancams. They made amazing pictures, but had some severe technical limitations that finally led me to conventional cameras and stitching software. Now I have come to consider myself a photographer as much as an engineer.

I want to present very wide angle views that don't look "wide-angle" or "distorted". To that end I have developed software, based on the practice of 18th century view painter Gian Paolo Panini, to render wide scenes in a condensed perspective which often looks more natural than the commonly used rectilinear or cylindrical projections. And I am exploring 3-D stitching and multi-perspective as means to build convincing images out of photos taken from different positions.

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wr324 | Wrinkle, March

Equi-Selfie In Situ

6017 Greene Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

6/19/2023 22:50 EDT

wwp623 | Museum

Panorama In A Museum

Gettysburg Diorama, Pennsylvania

6/19/2023 16:30

wwp622 | Humanity

Our Eternal Home

Laurel Hill Cemetery,Philadelphia

06/26/2022 16:30

wwp1221 | Best Of 2021

Thanksgiving Gold

6017 GREENE ST Philadelphia PA 19144 USA

November 25 2021 4:14 PM GMT+5

wwp620 | Confinement


Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, USA


wwp1219 | Best Of 2019

Preschool Art Show

37 west coulter street philadelphia pa 19144

May 28 2015 14:00

wwp919 | Continuity

Going Strong Since 2012

5539 Germantown Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19144

Sep 14 2019

wwp918 | Rain

Rain Check

6017 Greene St Philadelphia PA USA

Aug 29 2019

wwp917 | Wood

New Wood for Old

Germantown, Philadelphia PA, USA

7 October 2017 11:40

wwp915 | Peace

Let there be Peace on Earth

Philadelphia, PA, USA

September 28, 2015 13:45 UTC (18:45 local)

wwp1213 | Best of 2013

Herreshoff Marine Museum

Bristol, Rhode Island, USA

1 September 2013, Noon

wwp913 | Mortality

Old Mortality and His Pony

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

September 26 2013 14:00 Local

wwp1212 | Best Of 2012

Fox Islands Thoroughfare

Vinalhaven (Penobscot Bay), Maine, USA

17 August 2012 17:35

wwp912 | Necessity

Philly Willy

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

10 AM local

wwp1211 | Best Of 2011

Crinan Sea Lock

Crinan, Argyll and Bute, Scotland, UK

April 9, 2011, near noon

wwp908 | Color

Plausible Colors

Germantown (Philadelphia) Pennsylvania, USA

September 20 2008 17:30 local

wwp608 | Elevation

Skyscape Platform

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

About noon, 21 June 2008

wwp907 | Sustenance

Urban Wilderness

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

11 AM 20 September 2007

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