Last year a friend requested some photographs of clouds. I never felt I got the exact shot she imagined so in the back of my mind to this day resides that cloud photograph request. Well this morning out to the east over Tampa Bay was a whole front of large puffy clouds. I steadied myself on the upper railing on the roof of The Pier in downtown St. Petersburg and using the gridlines (I would never buy a DSLR that does not have this feature) in my Nikon D300 I lined by hand a 10-frame panorama. Of course it would have been best to use a tripod, but I did not have one with me and since I could clearly see the horizon and thus line it up with the lower-third gridline in my viewfinder, I do not think I could have done much better.
I put the 10 photographs into a folder on my desktop, called up the automated PhotoMerge function in Photoshop CS5 and let the app and my Core i7 cpu do the rest. Once stitched together I did a little further editing and then resized it to a more manageable version. The original file is over 14,000 pixels wide!
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