Here is another version of an assembled image made out of multiple image “parts”. This is from beautiful Caddo Lake, in East Texas.
A traditional SLR camera image has a 2:3 ratio (width to height). Classic panorama film cameras used a 3:1 ratio. But when you shoot the image in “parts”, the image ratio can be anything you like. I have shot them so that the final image had 8:1 ratio, to images with more rectangular dimensions with multiple rows and massive file size. It is all your choice.
Here is a simple “megapan” shot with five images in one row. On the left side, I hit the rail of a dock. On the right side, the scene eventually became a tangled mess. But in between was swampy goodness and that was what I wanted.
I shot the image vertically, from a tripod, with a panoramic “rig” to help me keep the center of the camera and lens (or the “nodal point” over the center of the tripod. With the exposure on manual, I simply overlapped each image by half and worked my way through the scene.
The final image is around a 2:1 ratio and 50 megapixels in size. The file is large enough that you can crop into it from the top or bottom and still print it quite large. I have used this image in several Texas banks, hospitals and corporate offices, all cropped differently from this final image.