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23,692-Pixel-Wide Panorma of Kyoto, in Five Minutes
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Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 10 shots at 1/800 sec, f/5.6, ISO 1250 — map & image datanearby photos
Kyoto at 3%
23,692 × 2,267 pixel, 10-image pano of Kyoto, Japan, reduced to 3% its original width
from the Shogunzuka overlook in the eastern mountains
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Rummaging through my ever expanding archive of not-yet-inspected images, I found some from a December visit to Kyoto's Shogunzuka overlook, a short drive from my place. I've posted shots from up there many times, such as “Kyoto, From Shogunzuka, at Night” and “Today's Sunset in Kyoto: Ho-Hum & Yawn” and a dozen others that the nearby photos link bring up, but for every time a visit produces a post, nine others don't. I often pop up hoping to be there for a killer sunset only to leave empty handed, but I'll usually snap a few shots anyway out of habit, and that's what we have today.

I'm too lazy to do real panoramas, but surprisingly often I'll sweep the horizon as I fire off shots that might make for a nice panorama. But I'm too lazy to bring a tripod, much set it up and do the sweep properly, so the resulting images are not really useful for a good panorama, and I'm too lazy to spend much time dealing with that hassle in post, so 49 out of 50 times I do this, I never do more than glance at the shots and sigh. Hence I'm surprised I still bother... you'd think I'd learn by now not to waste my time.

And so it went with these shots, taken not long before sunset a few days before Christmas, sitting idle for 10 months ago until I happened upon them today. On a whim I selected them, invoked Lightroom's Photo > Edit In > Merge to Panorama in Photoshop” command and let it chomp on them with all default settings. The result is actually pretty darn good for the lack of work and skill that went into it, so to speak. I cropped the fringes from the top and bottom, and here we are, 23,692×2,267 pixel (54 megapixel) panorama.

Kyoto Tower is near the center, of course. Toward the left, where the mountains end, you can see the buildings of downtown Osaka almost 30 miles to the southwest.

For reference, the last time I did a panorama was in January.


Comments so far....

Wow… it looks amazing! Now I wish I had taken a bunch of shots like this on previous trips.

— comment by Jon V on October 22nd, 2011 at 2:59am JST (2 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

This is just excellent. Thank you Jeffrey!
It’s also the perfect antidote to the chocolate box impressionist stuff you posted up the other day! This has restored my faith in you :-)
Annie

— comment by Anonymous on October 27th, 2011 at 3:48am JST (2 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink
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