Cloud Valley (The megapixel conundrum)

Cloud Valley – Fujifilm X-T2 XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR at 20mm ISO 200 F8 1/400sec

We’ve been having some intense afternoon and evening cloud buildups. Something to do with living in Florida and it being summer I think. So I shot this as a pano of 5 frames that were overlapped quite a bit and ended up with a 47mb raw (really an Adobe dng file). Problem is why go to all that trouble for display on screens with a low resolution. I did an export to jpeg at 2400 pixels wide and it is reduced to 1mp. The image on this page is only 960 pixels wide so it just only 11% the size of the original image. Not sure if I this image would be a candidate for a large print so I wonder why we get so impressed with large pixel counts. You can see this image in its full size by clicking on the image.

The Panorama That Wouldn’t


On a bit of a holiday (with a great view) I tried a panorama out the window. For some reason Lightroom could not produce a result with the four images that I shot. I think it might have something to do with the monorail moving in the middle two shots. I was able to get Photoshop to stitch the images together when passed from Lightroom using “Merge to Panorama In Photoshop”. Which hints that there is a fundamental difference in the engines for building panoramas in the two programs.

You always need to experiment and push the boundaries otherwise you don’t learn stuff.

Shot with Fujifilm X-T2 Fujinon XF 16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR

ISO 200 F8 1/300

Go Vertical

When you build a panorama you can end up with a lot of pixels, sort of like using a bigger sensor. When creating a panorama don’t forget about going vertical.


This image was built from 4 images starting at the top and working down. The panorama was stitched together in Lightroom. Full image is 5132 x 6428 pixels or about 34 megapixels. Shot with the Fujifilm X-T1, a 16mp camera. You can build large image files using panoramas, don’t just think left to right only, think up to down too. Click on the image to see the full 11mp jpeg.

Fujifilm X-T1 XF18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR

With the Fujifilm X series cameras you can build a panorama in camera. You can even choose the direction you will move. The in camera panoramas are produced as jpegs.