Hi-Res Panoramic Photos

During my trip to South Africa, I took several sets of photos at various stunning vistas, which I would stitch together back home. Well, now that all the other photos have been tweaked and added to CantabPhotos, I’ve started stitching some of them together (I use the open source stitching software Hugin, along with Autopano). At Blyde River Canyon, I had taken 19 photos at 8 megapixels, and once I’d cropped the resulting stitch down to the region I wanted to keep, I ended up with a 26 megapixel image, with 19 Photoshop layers. I very painstakingly checked the blending/overlap of each layer to ensure no seams were visible at all (it took me about 5 hours!). I ordered a 30″ x 14″ print of the panorama (printed and delivered next day by Photobox), and it looks absolutely stunning.

Panoramic photo of Blyde River Canyon

I also worked on a panorama of the Cape Town City Bowl, taken from Table Mountain, (17 photos at 8 megapixels, this time it produced a 37 megapixel image), which has stunning detail when zoomed in fully. I got that printed at 30″ x 6″ (the largest Photobox could print it), but would ideally like to get it printed to 100″ x 20″. I’ve shown a very low-res copy of it below, along with a full resolution crop of the downtown and waterfront area.

Panoramic photo of Cape Town Bowl

Well, I may as well add the rest of the panoramas in here as and when I stitch them together. This first one is of our first fine Capetonian sunset, from Signal Hill. The peaks are, from left to right: Devil’s Peak, Table Mountain and Lion’s Head. This panorama weighs in at hefty 55 megapixels.

Panoramic Sunset from Signal Hill

Next panorama (25 megapixels): The Twelve Apostles and Camps Bay bathed in the golden light of Magic Hour – the last hour of sunlight. This was taken from La Med, where we often went to see some amazing sunsets.

Camps Bay in golden light

I had to define the control points of the next panorama manually, as the images were too dark for AutoPano to work with. 5 photos, each one a 30 second exposure at 1600 ISO, combined to create a 12 megapixel widescreen panorama of the Milky Way.

Milky Way

South Africa

I’ve just returned from an amazing 2 weeks in South Africa, and will be writing about the holiday and posting some photos when I get the chance in the next week or so. Some brief highlights include:

  • Climbing Table Mountain
  • Almost being blown off the Cape of Good Hope
  • Meeting the penguins at Boulders Beach
  • Amazing sunsets from La Med at Camps Bay
  • Diving with sharks at the Two Oceans Aquarium
  • Taking LOTS of photos on Safari in the Kruger Park

I’ll back-date the blog posts from the holiday, so they’ll appear below…