I first started doing panoramas around 2006 with Abraham Lake at Windy point. I’ve done several there since I started with different cameras, lenses, and trying different techniques. I first started with doing /everything/ manually. Stitching, editing, and making sure the exposures matched by hand. In 2006 my camera did not shoot RAW so matching exposure was a pain if you changed any settings between frames. Needless to say it’s significantly easier now with programs available and being able to use RAW images.
It’s very difficult to get a sense of the scale involved in such panoramas though. Mountains look so much further away and smaller, and people and trees just tend to disappear.
You can click either to see the larger version. Both are similar, but the second is much cleaner, has a bit more the left of the frame and much more colour and detail available.
I’ve made mention before that, yes there are people in this photo. And really not just one or two. Many many people. Probably upwards of 50. Given the original is over 30 000px across and the processed photo on the internet is 3 000 (only 10% of the original) there is a lot that is going unseen in the photo. While looking at a 100% crop is never too great especially one that has been processed and rendered through with multiple photos this is what I am going on about (click to see the full size):
I have a whole set of panoramas on my flickr page for those interested in seeing more, DJorgensen’s Flickr: Panoramas