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Gros Ventre Sunrise Pano

Late September Panoramics

A few panoramic images from the last half of September.  

Panoramic captures give you an option for compiling much more information than you can in a single image. It is possible to simulate a pano image by simply cropping a standard image capture, but it will not maintain the highest quality when enlarged. These images were captured by taking three to seven images side by side and then stitching them together in Photoshop. (Details at the bottom of the page). Most areas of the park and areas outside the park are candidates for panoramic captures. Watch for them! Click any of the images below to see them much larger!

Oxbow Mt Moran Pano

Oxbow Bend on a windy morning in late September. Foliage was just beginning to turn.

Teton Range Pano

Taken from the top of Shadow Mountain before sun started hitting any of the peaks.

Foggy Barn Pano

A foggy morning at Mormon Row.

Shadow Mtn Teton Pano

Another image from the top of Shadow Mountain. The moon was setting over the Tetons that morning.


Gros Ventre Sunrise Pano

Morning clouds from the ridge at the Wedding Trees. The spot is a couple of miles up the Gros Ventre from the east edge of the GTNP boundary.

Low Fog Pano

Photographers gathered at the buck rail fences across from Triangle X Dude Ranch. Low fog clouds developed during the Alpenglow period.

Photography Info: All of these images above were captured with a Nikon D800 camera and either a Nikon 24-70mm lens or a Nikon 70-200mm lens. All were captured using a Gitzo Tripod, equipped with a Really Right Stuff leveling base and an Arca-Swiss Z-1 Ball Head. All were shot with Manual Mode set to roughly F/8 to F/11. and at ISO 100. I do a couple of test shots while in Aperture Priority, then use those settings to set the Manual settings. I also focus on one area, then change the lens to Manual. The panos were created by photographing three to seven photos, overlapping around 25%, then processed with Lightroom and Photoshop to stitch them into one wide panoramic image. Tip: While all of these are quite wide, I find it easy enough to go ahead and capture them as panos—even if I opt to later crop them to standard aspect ratios. I get many more options later. — MJ

Please Note: All of the images on this page are fully copyrighted with the US Copyright Office.  ©2013 Mike R. Jackson – All Rights Reserved

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Comments (4)

  1. where do you get your panos printed , and what is the most common aspect ratio you use ? thanks mike

  2. David, Most printers will allow you to create unconventional sized documents. I have an Epson printer capable of printing 13 x 19 and even 17 x 22. It is possible to print a 12″ x 36″ print on it, or a 16 x 36″ print. Commercial printers can print about any size. I typically think in terms of 1 x 2 or 1 x 3 ratios, but there is no reason you can’t make a 1 x 5 ratio pano.

  3. mike,
    thanks for getting back to me. i’m most interested in commercial printing so the suggested aspects are going to be helpful.
    i want you to know how much your blogs are helping me plan out my upcoming visit to GTNP. i’m coming sept 25 – 29 in hopes of catching fall color. i’ve gotten stuck in front of my computer for several afternoons reading and going over your material. i’m very much into well planned shooting trips, i’ll end up with a daily schedule of locations and times and a lot of hope the weather conditions cooperate. i wish i could go on one of your tours but i’m afraid they’re well over my pay grade, i’m retired and have to watch the budget pretty closely.
    you’re a nice guy to put so much effort into helping out other photographers the way you do.
    thanks again !

  4. David, happy to help! I hope you are able to get your panos printed. You can find a printer that can handle, let’s say a 24 x 36″ print, then put two 12 x 36 panos on a single document. They don’t care if the image is actually two images once you cut it in two. You could find one capable of printed 40″ x 60″ images and include two 20″ x 60″ images. Well, you get the idea. And, THANKS for the positive comments! MJ

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