158 Megapixel Panorama of Seattle (and beyond)

Posted by on April 25th, 2013
Seattle Pano Kerry Park Space Needle Mt Rainier Small

Scroll down for the full-rez version.

Even if you’ve never heard of Seattle’s Kerry Park, there’s a good chance you’ve seen a photo taken there. The park gives visitors a sweeping view of the city’s skyline flanked by the glaciated summit of Mt. Rainier in the background. After months of clouds and sunsets too early to catch, I finally had the chance to shoot the iconic vista — something I’ve wanted to do since I arrived in Seattle.

The panorama below (of which the first image is just a small part) was created by stitching together 27 vertical photos taken at 200mm. The final image is nearly 45,000 pixels long or 12.5 feet at 300ppi and would take a 158 megapixel sensor to capture all at once. Use the controls to zoom in and explore Seattle or, If you’d rather accesses the full resolution image, click here (be careful, it’s huge!). 

For those of you who like scavenger hunts, here’s a small list of things waiting to be discovered in the panorama:

  • At least 4 jumbo jets 
  • At least 2 radio stations
  • A guy in bright red pants
  • The club house at a golf course all the way over in Newcastle!
  • Montana
  • The dome of First Convenant Church, the steeple of Seattle First Baptist Church, the steeple of Swedish Medical Center’s James Tower, and the twin towers of Immaculate Conception Church.
  • At least 18 construction cranes (not counting the cargo cranes used to unload ships)

This is by far the biggest most detailed panorama I’ve ever taken. I hope you enjoy it and let me know if you find any fun or quirky details as you comb it over.

6 thoughts on “158 Megapixel Panorama of Seattle (and beyond)

  1. Terry

    Beautiful image! What pano software did you use? Photomerge? Photoshop?
    Thank you for sharing and I have to say that this is a very inspirational pano.

    1. Isaiah Brookshire Post author

      Hey Terry, for my panos I use either Photoshop or Hugin (you can read a little more about my process here). For this image in particular, I used Hugin because I wanted to test out their latest version. I also cleaned up some of the seams using the healing tool that can be found in programs like Photoshop or Pixelmator. Let me know if you have any other questions.

      1. Terry

        Thank you for you quick reply! I checked out the gallery over at the Hugin web page. There are some interesting images created with the software. I think yours should totally be in there too 🙂
        Do you know if Photoshop/Photomerge will do a pano like you have done. (Stitching both horizontal and vertical images? ) I will download Hugin in the meantime and play with it. Now to find the ultimate pano opportunity. haha

        Here is one of my few attempts with CS6:

        1. Isaiah Brookshire Post author

          Yep, Photoshop will do panos with any number of photographs both horizontal and vertical. You can even create full 360° spheres using Photomerge. Great shot on the beach. I just spent a couple of days driving down the Oregon coast shooting lighthouses. It’s really amazing.

  2. Ellen

    Absolutely beautiful Seattle panoramic image! I live in Seattle too, and attempted a nighttime panorama from Kerry Park last summer. I’d love to share it with you and get your opinion &/or feedback on anything you think could have been done differently! What’s the best way to share the image with you? Thanks!

    1. Isaiah Brookshire Post author

      Hi Ellen, I’d be happy to take a look at your photo. Could you send it to me at info@isaiahbrookshire.com? If it’s a large file it might be best to upload it to a service like Dropbox then send me the link. Cheers!


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