One of the advantages of using a 36mp camera (D800E), is that you can easily produce an ultra high resolution image with image stitching. And that can be done in a matter of seconds.
This is the product of 9 different photos taken handheld and stitched using the Autopano Pro software. I usually use a tripod for this job but it was a windy day and the movement of leaves could cause a blur when stitched. So, when the wind stopped for just a few seconds, I managed to shoot the 9 frames.
I included more frames than I actually needed for my subject, in order to be able to crop if needed until I reach the final image I had in mind. All settings of course are set to manual (focus,aperture,shutter speed,white balance). I am very happy with the Autopano Pro, its an excellent tool for this kind of work.
I could shoot the same scenery with my 4×5 large format camera, but it would have taken more time. The light was not enough for a good shutter speed and the wind would cause a blurry photo due t the leaves movement. With the D800E I changed ISO to 400 so I could get a good shutter speed.
This is a zoom crop of the image. I could easily zoom even more and still see crisp details. That translates to a very large print with stunning image details.
With my 4×5 camera, I could have probably used movements to alter perspective of the trees and maybe get a better look, but what it mattered at the moment was to get sharp foliage (since the scene was full of them). And of course it would get a drum scan to get close to the resolution of the stitched image.
Now, I am not bashing my film equipment, but as I have explained at my previous post, a shot like this would have been ruined if had not used the D800E. So, its actually a simple statement using the proper tool for the proper subject.
I am often asked why do I need to shoot in these large resolutions. Why I use 4×5 or create ultra megapixels photos. The answer is very simple and can be immediately seen when looking at a 2 meters wide printed photo (that’s 80 inches wide). Sure, I can interpolate an image and get good results, but having the real megapixels is the way to go. And I print very often at these sizes, so why not having all the resolution you can use ?
Next week I am visiting a few locations in which I have spotted a couple of good locations for shooting a stitched photo. I will probably post the results by Wednesday.
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