SUNFLOWER SCENE: Photographer Andrew Wu in front of the 9m long panorama he donated to the Warwick Visitor Information Centre.
SUNFLOWER SCENE: Photographer Andrew Wu in front of the 9m long panorama he donated to the Warwick Visitor Information Centre. Jayden Brown

Information Centre blooms with panorama

VISITORS who miss out on seeing the Southern Downs sunflowers in full bloom need not fear - the Warwick Visitor Information Centre has the next best thing.

A massive nine metre long panorama of a field of sunflowers has been installed at the centre.

From afar it looks like any other photo on canvas, but up closer the detail is as clear as day.

For photographer Andrew Wu, the image is exactly as he saw it through his own eyes.

"I used a telephoto lens, which makes the image super sharp," he said.

"It's as if you're looking through a window.

"I wanted to capture the idea of the beauty of it (the sunflowers)."

The Brisbane-based photographer donated the panorama, made up of six canvases to the visitor information centre on Monday.

Mr Wu said capturing the region's spectacular sunflowers had long been an ambition.

After missing several seasons in a row, the photographer knew he couldn't miss the small window of opportunity to get the perfect shot.

"We've been planning taking photos in this area for quite a lot of years," he said.

"Everyone loves the sunflowers."

When Mr Wu drove past a sunflower field in Nobby in December he knew straight away it would make an amazing photo.

According to the photographer, the window of opportunity for getting the best sunflower shots is just seven days.

"To get the perfect photo, it takes a bit of planning," he said.

"You have to have the right weather, the right blooming.

"You to have climb a ladder and be higher than the road."

The end product involves blending 30 images together to create the ultimate panorama.

Mr Wu's works hang in a number of buildings across the country, including libraries. "I've always wanted to do these big panoramas," he said.

"I like to take photos and print photos and see the final product."

"I like to show everyone else what I see, the way I see it."

The picturesque panorama has pride of place on the main wall of the visitor information centre.

Destination Southern Downs event co-ordinator Rob Hamilton thanked Mr Wu for his generous donation.



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