It’s nice to see some “Hugin pictures” in the mainstream media. When Bruno reported these little planets on the Daily Telegraph, (congratulations to author Alexandre Duret-Lutz in Paris, France) on the Hugin’s mailing list, I had just sold my first print of a Little Planet, 50cm x 50cm (19″3/4 x 19″3/4) framed behind glass.
It has been hanging for two weeks on a wall next to another “Hugin picture” which I expected to sell faster, a Pannini veduta 24″ x 12″ (61cm x 30.5) on canvas. With nearly no exception, all people who came into the room had immediate admiration for the Pannini veduta, while the Little Planet required more time to get used to the unusual perspective, and more explanation of what it is and how it is done.
The nice thing is that we are breaking away from the “jail” of the rectilinear format which has nearly monopolized photography for the past hundred years. Photographers and videographers are finding again the freedom of Vedutismo that painters from the 16th century could take for granted. Hugin is one of the first and most advanced tools to create such images, characterized by an ultra wide field of view beyond what can be captured with traditional lenses and an extra high resolution beyond what is provided by traditional cameras. But it is not the only one. GIMP with MathMap is what many of us use to develop these projections, and Panini Perspective Tool. Long live vedutismo nuovo.