Isolated Cove (The Biggest Photo I've Ever Made)

Today's photo is a older one from Aug 2010, but recently reprocessed.  I took this while we were in Okinawa on vacation before we moved here a couple months later.  While this may look like a normal photo it is quite different.  It is 22 photos stitched together to make this one.  Most times people stitch together photos to get a panoramic view, but I wanted to try something different.  I used this technique to get a wide angle view instead of a panoramic view.  Lack of the right equipment led me to come up with this solution.  At the time, I didn't own a wide angle lens and when I came to this particular place I only had a 50mm 1.4 lens with me.  I really wanted to capture this entire scene but the 50mm was not wide enough.  So I took 22 photos in total in portrait orientation sweeping from right to left ensuring I had about 25% overlap, once I got to the end of the scene I dropped down a little then went back to the right again keeping about 25% overlap not only on a horizontal plane, but vertically too from the previous row.  In the end it was 3 rows of 7 photos each; if you're doing the math that is one extra photo, but I have no idea where that one was in the mix of rows and columns.  I then took the 22 photos, brought them into Photoshop's Panorama feature and let it do its wonderful magic for about 20 minutes and it produced a photo that presents a wide angle view.  I then of course did some of my post-processing work and then saved it.

The original file is....  1.6 gigabytes.  Now keep in mind, this was not HDR AND it was taken with my old 8 megapixel Canon 20D that would produce a photo no bigger than 11 megabytes; whereas, my new 18 megapixel Canon 7D can reach up to 26 megabytes per photo.  The real culprit in making the size so big was my Photoshop work though.  When you add layers, it dramatically increases the size of the file.  I guess if I will do more of this type of shooting I will need to get more hard drive space.  The benefit of making a photo from many photos is it can increase the sharpness dramatically.  If you could zoom in to this photo, i.e., the small fruits on the tree, you would see they are in perfect focus.  That's extremely hard, if not impossible, to do with a wide angle lens and just one shot.  Enjoy.