When I’m feeling a compulsion to take high-resolution landscape shots, I find little need for a camera body that shoots 30, 50, 100 or whatever insane amount of megapixels. That, and I love to shoot these scenes with a light and bright 50mm prime lens. So how exactly, does that work when I have a cropped-sensor Nikon D7000 body in hand?
It works like this…
The shot above is an un-smoothed multi-frame shot with a 50mm lens. In total, about 37 frames make up this particular shot, and after blending the images (really, just fine-tuning exposure and masking) you’ll end up with an amazingly sharp and detailed print, capable of being printed 50 feet wide or larger.
In this one, you can see that the hard borders between the frames are gone, but the image is not yet cropped, allowing you to see the outlines of where the frames sit.
This is the technique I adopted a few years back when I began my urban night-photo series called NightLight, a series that explores the streets of major cities throughout the world in the early hours of the morning.