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53MP Panorama (Patriarch Grove at Sunset)

The sun was setting vert fast— so fast that the shadow could be seen moving up the hill as I shot; I had perhaps 30 seconds to act.

Assembled from 6 vertical frames shot at 1/250 sec handheld at f/4 at ISO 200. Assembled in Photoshop CS6 using Auto Align Layers, Auto Blend Layers and the content-aware cloning tool to fill in a few gaps causes by uneven leveling (from handholding). The result after cropping is a 53-megapixel image.

The Olympus Zuiko 75mm f/1.8 ED on the Olympus OM-D E-M5 can make short work of such panoramas. Shoot at f/4 - f/5.6 in vertical orientation for best coverage of the scene; use manual exposure and fix the focus once (though in this case I did not have time, so I just shot as quick as I could with autofocus and auto-exposure, Photoshop fixed the discrepancies in exposure).

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