Exploring a new trend: panorama photos

You know how things are when you are on vacation – often your mind gets reset, refreshed, and inspired. All of a sudden you have the desire to try something new. For me, I had exactly this experience on our trip to Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Québec. I discovered the beauty of panorama photos. Yes, those very wide shots composed from several photos.

Now, I hear some of you yawning. “Not that again!”, you say, “that is soo old”. That may be so, but for me it was a new and exciting experience. I have not tried it before (dunno why), and to be honest, I don’t know exactly what is so exciting about panorama photos. Is it the weird format? The huge sizes? Or the ability to zoom into the scene while still being able to “look around”? Well, probably a combination of all of these factors. But I think these shots are exciting.

Add to that a beautiful scenery, and you could end up with a couple of fantastic photos.

Take these four examples:

Panorama of Tadoussac, Québec, Canada
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Panorama of Digby, Nova Scotia, Canada
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Panorama of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada
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Panorama of Montréal, Québec, Canada
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(Click on the photos to see them larger. Warning: large files!)

I still feel a certain tingling and excitement when looking at those shots, a feeling that I rarely experience.

The original files have been stitched together manually using Photoshop (with the exception of the Digby shot, where Autostitch did a good job). The resulting images are huge, even for me, who uses a 1Ds mark III for the daily work. The size of the Taddoussac panorama, for example, is 18637 x 2811 pixel. At 200 dpi this would allow for a print 2.37 m wide (but just 36 cm high). At this resolution you would hardly see any artefacts on the print, so you could view this photo very very close and still enjoy all the details.

Isn’t that pure fun?

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