Although I have always owned a 35mm camera, I have never been comfortable with the small format and have preferred the medium and large format cameras, the 4 x 5 and 8 x 10. Not only did the large negatives provide more detail and greater range, they forced me to slow down and think more about the process of making a photograph. As a result, the tedious nature of working with large format cameras has helped me in making a logical transition to making photographs with the Hulcherama panoramic camera.
The camera is based on the old circuit camera from the turn of the last century, but the Hulcherama uses 220 roll film, which is easier to work with than the enormous rolled film used in the circuit camera. I have a custom-made tripod that allows me to elevate the camera 15 or 20 feet into the air. Since there are often many obstructions at ground level, elevating the camera allows me to get above stop signs, fireplugs, parked cars, sewer lids, etc. You get a much purer picture from my elevated point of view.
I prefer to shoot color negative film because it is easier to deal with lighting variations you get by pointing the camera in all different directions. Sometimes the light will change in an exposure when the sun comes out or goes in, and that is easier to correct because of the use of color negative film. Due to economic considerations, camera manufactures have not developed digital panoramic cameras to the same degree that they have developed point and shoot cameras, so I have chosen to stay with the color film camera. The quality of the color in the film process is much greater and better controlled. The disadvantage is that it is very time consuming to get the film processed, proofed, digitized and run through the computer programming process. The final images are printed on a Fuji LightJet 5000 Archive printer.