Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Panoramas, Part I

Panoramas are all about capturing more than you can fit into a single shot. For instance, here in Utah, I have a lovely view of the Wasatch mountain range, even just from my house. But even if there was a 0mm lens, it wouldn't be wide enough to capture the whole thing at once. So I decided to create a panorama of it (using my new tripod and telephoto lens).

Basically, you shoot as many overlapping images as it takes to cover the area you want. I then turn over my batch to Photoshop CS, which does quite a good job of stitching them together. Once you have a single image, you can then go on to do color corrections, etc. Here's the finished result of my first ever panorama:

click to enlarge, or see it on Flickr

I mostly did this as an exercise to help me learn what to do and what not to do while shooting; I realize I could have found a FAR better vantage point so as to avoid having random tops of houses and trees in the shot. Also, I apologize for the relatively low resolution. The full-res file is approximately 92 megabytes, which would use up all of my remaining upload space for December on Flickr.

Next time I post about panoramas, I'll include a specific tutorial on how I create mine. But if you already have some sitting on your harddrive, feel free to post links!


  1. Beautiful panorama! You live in the right place for those shots. I have fond memories of the Wasatch range - I used to travel there ski years ago, Park City, Deer Valley, etc. The high altitude desert is a unique place. It would take me a few days to acclimate, but it was all worth it. Nowadays I spend more time in the Canadian Rockies - also a great place to try panoramic shots. I will have to experiment with the the photo stitching. Great job - look forward to seeing more!

  2. curious.. how many photos was this to stitch together to make this particular picture?

  3. Great job.

    I have the same question that Yolanda does. How many photos is this panorama?

    Years ago, I created a Quicktime VR of a 360 degree view. That's a lot of fun as well.


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