High Resolution Panoramas

May 22, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

During my road trip to Newfoundland, I visited Pictou in Nova Scotia. While composing a picture of the waterfront, I initially attached the Nikon 24-70 lens to my Nikon D850 camera. This enabled me to capture an image of the waterfront with just one frame. Of course, the picture then needed to be cropped to the panoramic dimensions. This meant tossing some pixels away and reducing the resolution of the photograph.

I then tried another approach. I had my Nikon 300 2.8 lens in my bag. When most photographers think about panoramas, they usually aren't envisioning using a telephoto lens. But, the 300 is one of the sharpest lenses that I own. And, it forced me to shoot many more images to cover the same scene. After stitching all of those exposures together, the resolution of the final image is far greater than the photograph that was captured with one frame and then cropped.

Pictou waterfrontPictou waterfrontPictou waterfront from the Jitney walking trail at 143 Norway Point Road in Pictou, Nova Scotia on July 19, 2018

The stitched image consists of 14 vertical frames. The resulting file is more than 33,000 pixels across and nearly 7,000 pixels high. The file is almost 1.5 GB in size.


CLICK HERE to view the higher resolution image. This one is downsized to 24,000 pixels across to make it less time consuming to download and view. Be sure to zoom in and pan around when viewing this waterfront scene.


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