I took this 1.2 gigapixel panorama of Cutler Harbor and Little River in Maine on September 9, 2013, 4:00 – 4:18 PM with a Panoneed robotic panning head. It is stitched from 198 photos of 33 columns x 6 rows with PTGui Pro and covers just over a 150° view of the harbor from Destiny Bay Road. Hyperfocal distance at 200mm f/13 is 345 feet away and everything from 173 feet to infinity should be sharp, but I also wanted to be able to zoom in to almost 100% in a gigapan which is more critical than most distance calculators strive for. I’m not good at guessing distances, and I didn’t have a laser rangefinder with me either, so I focused on a boat half way between the closest one and the shore and hoped for the best. I took a few quick sample photos to be sure the closest boats were still sharp enough and was pleased with the result. It was a little windy and I couldn’t use a longer shutter speed without the boats blurring from movement. I set a 35% overlap between photos to have a little more to work with for blending waves and moving clouds.
Camera settings: 200mm, f/13, ISO 200, 1/160 second
Stitching data: 33 columns x 6 rows. The finished panorama is 62,112 x 19,240 @ 240dpi or 21.5’ x 6.68’ if printed full size.
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II, Panoneed robotic head, Promote Control, and Really Right Stuff TVC-34L tripod w/ leveling base. RAW conversion in Lightroom, stitched with PTGui Pro.