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Well, the iPhone 5 was announced yesterday, and along with it was a feature called panorama which simply allows you to slide your iPhone across a scene to capture up to a 28 megapixel image! It actively does all the stitching, artifact removal, and alignment for you as you swipe the phone and produces the final image in seconds.
The best news however is that, if you head over to Apple’s comparison of their iPhone’s page, you’ll notice that you don’t need an iPhone 5 to use this feature as they will be bringing it to the iPhone 4S as well! (I’m assuming with iOS 6). Unfortunately for those of you with an iPhone 4 or earlier it appears that you are out of luck as this feature is not supported on those devices.
So why do I bring this up? Simple – On September 19th after I update my iPhone I will be heading out to give this new panorama feature a good solid test and I’ll report back as soon as I have my first hands on experience!
Sunset is without a doubt the number one most photographed landscape scene in the world. It’s beautiful, it happens everyday, it happens at a time when most people are still awake, you don’t have to worry about confronting people, and you really don’t have to travel far to create something compelling to share with your friends.
While I certainly enjoy photographing the sunsets that color my world from day to day one of the things that I think is most important when sharing sunset photos is to take the shots with different lenses, compositions, and most importantly at different locations. Even though each sunset is different from the last, it’s important to include different foreground elements as well.
I also think it’s important to photograph as many things outside of the sunset as possible and that is why I try to share such a diverse assortment of photographic subjects here on my site. I’m learning photography as I go, I’m teaching myself through experimentation. If I were to only post sunset photos than how would I grow as a photographer?
That being said – I still love the simplicity of sunset photography. Done right you can really capture something special. The above photograph was shot using my 50mm f/1.8 prime lens on my Nikon D7000 making it effectively something like a 75mm, something most people wouldn’t use as a landscape lens. Well, regardless, I really enjoyed the result here and I hope you like it as well.