While definitely not a new technology, panoramic photography has been with us since the mid-nineteenth century. What is new however, is the ability to digitally stitch multiple images together to create a much larger, super-wide image that exceeds the abilities of a typical camera lens. A panoramic photograph is typically the equivalent or larger than the view seen with one’s own eyes, and is usually (but not always) in a 2:1 width vs. height ratio, or 1:2 conversely.

Today’s post is about some of the panoramic images I’ve shot recently in a few different states on my travels. Click on each image for more information, and below I will list how many shots each image is comprised of before stitching them together. Click on any image for more information.


Cape Alava Panorama – Washington

This incredibly remote and wild section of Washington’s Pacific coastline is only accessible through a 3.2-mile hike from the nearest forest road, and also happens to be the westernmost terminus for the 1200-mile Pacific Northwest Trail (PNT) that many hikers attempt each year. Usually wet, rainy and frequented by seals, sea lions and bald eagles – the magical location is near one of the most northerly rainforests in North America.

This massive print is at full natural size a whopping 14.5 feet x 3.3 feet (4.4m x 1m) and was created from five images.

Bryce Canyon Panorama – Utah

Massive panoramic view of Southern Utah’s Bryce Canyon with its hundreds upon hundreds of hoodoos and other wild sandstone rock formations. In fact – while every continent on Earth has these hoodoos, nowhere in the world has as many as there are right here, in Bryce Canyon National Park!

This massive print is at full natural size a whopping 9.75 feet x 3.6 feet (3m x 1.1m) and was created from twelve images. So large in fact that you can see the individual branches on every tree!

Avalanche Lily Panorama – Oregon

One of the most beautiful native lilies found in North America, this combined image of several large images stitched together is of a big clump of avalanche lilies in full bloom on Larch Mountain in Oregon.

This massive print is at full natural size an enormous 10.75 feet x 2.1 feet (3.3m x 0.66m) and was created from five images.

Gold Creek Pond with First Ice Panorama – Washington

Ice is forming around the edges of Gold Creek Pond at the top of Washington’s Snoqualmie Pass in the Cascade Mountains.

A full size this print is sized at 5.2 feet x 2.2 feet (1.58m x 0.68m) and was created from two images. The final image can be enlarged significantly with little to no distortion up to 800%.



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Rich Leighton
February 28, 2016
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