Using Photo Stitching to Photograph Giant Objects

Known as The President, this giant sequoia is one the largest trees in the world. It has now been studied and photographed by a team of National Geographic experts and scientist in Sequoia National Park. The monstrous tree is 27 feet in diameter, 247 feet tall, 3,200 years old, and has over 2 billion leaves. So, how is it even possible to get a portrait of this enormity?

The video above gives you a slight hint on how to capture and create photos of such giant and large objects: photo stitching process. In short, it’s a similar process to panorama, combining multiple photographic images with overlapping fields of view to create a single segment, the picture itself. This is a digital process that can only work if the overlaps between images are nearly exact, with identical exposures, for a seamless effect.

For a good example, the (impressive) result of this particular giant adventure, as well as further specific notes on the team can be accessed here: National Geographic giant trees.

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Giant tree photo captured and stitched together by National Geographic

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