A few weeks back I was in the North Georgia Mountains with my good friend, David Akoubian. We had an extra day to get in some shooting so we went to a couple of waterfalls. One of those waterfalls was Anna Ruby Falls near Helen, GA.
While we were there, we were photographing from a bridge that the creek flowed beneath. Well, right at the edge of the bridge was a cascade that I really wanted to get into the foreground and still be able to include the big falls in the background, too. I was limited to a 24mm lens as my widest and it wouldn't allow me the composition I wanted. I decided to remedy that situation by shooting a vertical panoramic image.
Most people always think of panos being in a horizontal format, but you shouldn't rule them out all together for a vertical. In this case, I zoomed into about 50mm and set my aperture to F/16 and ISO to 100. My shutter speed varied from frame to frame, but it was roughly around 2-3 seconds for each frame. Once I had my settings dialed in and my focal length set, I basically started in the upper left and took three frames across the top left to right making sure to overlap each frame by at least 25%. Then I went down about 75% (in order to overlap again by about 25%) and started the process over from left to right. I repeated this process until I had everything I wanted to include in my image. It ended up being 27 images (9 rows of 3 images) total. I then brought those home, and using Photoshop, I merged them into a panoramic file. The result is what you see below.
I used my Sony A7R, LA-EA3 Lens Adapter and Tamron 24-70mm Lens to capture this image. It was mounted atop my Sirui R-5214X Tripod and K-40X Ballhead.