A photo I took from a lookout on 89 looking over the start of the Grand Canyon. The top photo was just a single photo of the main attraction. I also took several of the surrounding area an use Lightroom to stitch all the RAW photos together. I then developed the resulting panorama still in Lightroom. If you were to zoom in on the pano you should see a similar image as the above one but since I took the pano photos together and the top photos separate they may look slightly different. I took a separate photos for my single (nonpano view) because it allowed me to create an image exposed and composed just for the single image. With the pano shots I have to use an average of the settings for all the exposures otherwise I would get some very different exposures and blending them together would be more difficult. I have seen some people do a pano of the sky and a pano of the ground and then stitch the two panos together with some great results. The benefit to this is you get a better exposure for the brighter sky and a better exposure for the foreground resulting in better detail in both locations. I didn’t do that for this shot and probably didn’t need to since the darker clouds in the sky resulted in made the sky about the same exposure as the ground.
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