Dealing With Crowds in Panoramic Photos


I seem to like to make things hard on myself.

  • Lots of moving subjects (hundreds of people in fact)
  • Shifting horizons and foreground (waves)
  • Lack of a tripod (shot thus handheld in about 60 seconds)

But the moment was worth capturing.  I was in Huntington Beach (my birthplace in fact) and I really wanted a photo to capture the mood.  Of course it was just about noon (the light was awful).  That’s okay… the whole reason I enjoy Photoshop is the process of developing the picture in my mind’s eye.

Head over to and see how I put the shot together.