I like panoramic shots in theory. Not having a super wide angle lens (or tasked with capturing a large scene) a panormic shot can be one way to capture it. If you're not familiar, a panoramic shot is combining 2 or more shots in a set order to make 1 large photo. For my camera I have a setting to help with making sure I'm not missing anything. I start from the left take a shot, rotate to the right and match up the details from the last shot on the right edge with the left edge of the new shot I'm composing. Then I feed the shots to a software application which stitches the shots together. It's really a pretty siimple process, but one I constantly forget to employ while out shooting.

My issue with panoramics is more about how they get displayed. Such a large shot is constrained within such small monitors and TVs. I think, when I shoot a shot worth it, I'll display it as a 3 part canvas shot. I've always liked the look of those on a wall. But, something you can't do with a printed panoramic is being able to explore the picture. Sites like show huge photos of a city and the viewer can zoom in and see the wonderful detail available. There are even specialized tripod heads that are computerized and will take pictures in such a fashion to get the most detail out of a scene.

Today's photo is a 5 shot pano shot again in Humboldt. I suggest clicking on the photo and seeing the full size photo.


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