Big wide panoramas are among my favorite compositions, and photo editing software makes it easier then ever to stitch a series of overlapping DSLR images into a smooth, seamless panorama. But the iPhone 5 makes the whole process ridiculously simple by building the panorama for you on the fly, in the camera, as you pan slowly to your right.
Yes, these are JPEGs, not RAW files, so there are some tradeoffs in the quality of image data. And certain views, like empty horizons over empty water, won’t stitch together properly. But under most conditions the results are impressive—so simple, so clean, and so wide! (These images all began wider, and have been cropped to a uniform 3:1 aspect ratio.)
Mono Vista RV Park, Lee Vining, California
Abandoned houses, south of Lee Vining, California
Saddlebag Lake, Mono County, California
After the Rim Fire: Rim of the World Vista, Tuolumne County, California
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