Stitching Panoramas

I’ve been using Windows Live Photo Gallery for a while.  My biggest reason for using it is the Flickr Integration.  However; there are a ton of neat features I’ve discovered along the way.  One of these features is the ability to stitch photos together automatically.  I’ve used a lot of stitching programs and this is by far the easiest and the best.

The only steps needed are to 1) select the photos you wish to stitch and 2) right click and select “Create Panoramic photo…”


Windows Live Gallery then goes through a few steps of analyzing the photos, aligning them and finally stitching them together.


Since I’ve discovered the feature I’ve created quite a few stitches. You can find most if not all of them using my panorama tag.

REMEMBER: To create a really good stitch you need to make sure the exposure settings are the same for every photo in the stitch.

We've come a long way (Photographically)

View from a window at Le Gras – 1826

We’ve come a long way in the world of photography. The photo above is the first known permanent photograph.

The photo was captured by a camera obscura focused onto a sheet of 20 × 25 cm oil-treated bitumen. Due to the 8-hour exposure, the buildings are illuminated by the sun from both right and left.

An 8-hour exposure! Now we take photos with an exposure time of under 1/60th of a second or faster and we can see the results immediately.

My friend Ryan shared an excellent website about photos that changed the world.  I’d say the first ever permanent photograph qualifies.

Alaska in 1999

I let everyone know a while ago that my parents took a trip to Alaska last summer. What I didn’t tell you is my dad was already there. Back in 1999 on our way to Mount Rushmore, my father decided to take a little detour and ended up in Alaska. Kind of a long detour, especially since it was a road trip. Good thing it was only the Alaska section of the parking lot for the Mall of America. Does this mean there are 50 Mall of America’s parking sections? Found the photographic proof.

Dad in Alaska