Mount Rainier NP

Seeing the Big Picture

There are many times when the landscape I’m seeing is far larger than life than what my full-frame camera can capture in a single frame.

Selecting the section that spoke most to me, I hadn’t thought of taking the time to create a panoramic capture of the scene.

Seemingly it seemed mysterious and a bit of task to create a panoramic image as I was under the impression that it would be labor intensive in post processing. And so is not the case. Using Lightroom Classic it’s as easy as 1-2-3.

First, taking the images in-field with a panoramic in mind requires using a tripod with (preferably) a panoramic featured ball head. Using a “L bracket” on my Canon 5D Mark IV, I set the camera in portrait mode and took four images in sequence from left to right. When setting the composition on the next image, make sure you include about 1/4 to 1/3 of the the image previous taken so that Lightroom can readily identify the same object to merge the two into a seamless edge.

Should you happen to take the images out of sequence from left to right, that’s not a problem. Once the images have been imported into Lightroom, you can click and drag the image within the filmstrip and place it in the proper order prior to beginning the image merge.

Once you have edited each image for exposure, contrast, etc. you then highlight the four images. Then select from the top left menu – Photo –> Photo Merge –> Panorama and a window will pop up while Lightroom processes the images. Have it Autocrop and then save once it’s created the Panoramic image.

The forest in these images was discovered along the road at the southern foothills of Mount Rainier in Washington State. It was one of those magical woods where you’d expect to see wood sprites with moss covered trees and the feel of a tropical forest. Lush with greenery I could have spent days within the magical forest discovering all of its secrets.

5 replies »

  1. It works pretty well without a tripod as well! Granted, you’re probably wasting more on the edges, but for my purpose it’s good enough (and much less time-consuming)
    Thanks for sharing 🙂

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