A perfect example of a photographic idea that works well initially, but is now giving me ideas on how to reshoot this composition. Anytime I use the words “Pano Crop” in the title, it means this panorama is not composed of multiple exposures and joined seamlessly in post processing, but rather cropped from a standard aspect ratio image.
On a computer screen, especially on blog and social media posts, this difference in approach is not all that noticeable due to the inherent lower resolution. The difference in quality becomes noticeable when putting this photograph to print. The original pixel count for this image is 4928 x 3264, post-crop the count is 4928 x 2079. The post-crop pixel will produce a good quality print up to 20″ on the long side, but would start showing pixelation as the print size goes up.
Now if I were to shoot 5 portrait-orientation images and produce a panorama, I would get an image with a pixel count of somewhere 16320 x 4928. That could get a photo print up to 80″ on the long side without quality loss.
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, ISO100, 300mm, f/8, 1/100 sec
El Dorado Hills (CA), Sacramento Valley View, Heavy Backlight, Pano Crop. El Dorado Hills, CA. January 25, 2017. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.