Panoramic Composite from 15 Originals

This 180 degree panoramic image of the Arno River in Florence, Italy was taken without a tripod and was composited from 15 separate shots.  The camera was placed on a railing and the series of shots was made as I pivoted the camera around its tripod axis (under the lens). There were three images taken in each of five positions.  I ended up with five HDR (High Dynamic Range) images which I stitched together in Photoshop to create the single panoramic.  The original is approximately 60″ in length and has remarkable detail – and a much higher resolution than I would have gotten if I had been able to take the image with a single shot. I think most of us tend to think of recording the world in single, strong images.  Yet techniques such as this enable us to composite a broader vista with greater detail, and it is certainly a valid way to approach a subject such as this one.