I started producing panoramas in the year 2000 because I was never satisfied with the way a standard photo crops a big wide world. Joseph, Oregon lays in an area mostly surrounded by mountains- I wanted to capture the moment, all of it- not just a slice.
In the beginning the process was with film and arduous layer work in Photoshop- today just about anyone with a smartphone can capture a panorama. While the novelty of a printed panorama has diminished, the value of these 'wide views' in online venues has remained strong: people really do appreciate getting an eye-full when it comes to seeing a subject in context to its surroundings. In 2001, I started a panorama page on josephoregon.com that to this day remains the #2 page on the site.
I produce partial and full 360 x 180 degree 'VR' spherical panoramas mostly for online use. I've incorporated a HDR workflow into these images as the extremes of lighting in these scenes ranges beyond what any camera (or eye) can see. The end result is an 12K high-definition image that brings a user just about as close to 'being there' as today's technology will allow. Put into a multi-point, interactive VR tour, clients report that they prefer them over video since they are able to focus and control the the scene themselves, eliminating the photographers ability to choose favorable angles. The important element of trust is easily established. They are also less expensive to produce. See example here.
Below you'll find some of the panoramas that i still produce. They're sold at Missy's Uptown Art and over at Aspen Grove Gallery.