Tuesday, May 28, 2013

UT Libraries Digitizes Panoramic Photos of the Smokies

During the 1960s and 1970s, Maryville physician Elgin P. Kintner often hiked into the Great Smoky Mountains and captured the breathtaking views with his camera. Once the photographs were developed, he pasted them together, carefully matching them to create panoramic displays.

Kintner created these extraordinary views by taking several photographs in sequence and then arranged them in order to make panoramic images. At the time the scenes where shot in the 1960s and 70s, the panoramas could only be created by hand. Using modern technology, the images were scanned and then "stitched" together to create seamless panoramas.

The public can now enjoy these photos, courtesy of the UT Libraries. The library staff has transformed them into an online digital collection. “The Panoramic Images of Elgin P. Kintner, M.D.” can be viewed at the library’s website.

Thanks to Randy Small for giving me a heads-up on this!



Unknown said...

Very nice! I can confirm with my own photos that the 3 images from the "unidentified fire tower" listed on page one were all taken from the Mt Sterling tower.

Ruby said...

Awesome pictures! Now people can enjoy the pictures of nature, and maybe spark an interest in visiting and enjoying these sites first-hand!

So you manually stitched them together after scanning? That must have taken a lot of effort and time on your part. Good job!

Ruby Badcoe
Williams Data Management