Limits to Image Stitching? Found Them

November 24, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

I recently discovered a way to consistently lock my computer up ... I have been taking landscape images composed of several images stitched together in Photoshop. Most of my final images have been composed of a dozen or so photos; when I was using 20 images to compose a final image, I felt I was really pushing it.

This past weekend I had the opportunity to go to a new part of Ecuador, near Cayambe and, as luck would have it, the day was clear and beautiful. I finally got some images of the Cayambe volcano, which I have wanted for over three years now!

There was a group of us helping out with a service project (planting corn on the side of a mountain) and the view was stunning. I decided I would go all out and try to make a composite image of this sweeping landscape before me. When I came back home, I found that, for this one image I had in mind, I had 127 individual images!

Well, my computer was not so thrilled with it. After trying to merge them all together (average file size of 24 MB each .dng files), I discovered I could consistently lock my computer up after it chomped on it for a while. And this is on an 8-core machine with 8GB of RAM. Obviously not enough ... My new goal is to composite pieces together and then see if I can eventually put the pieces together large a big puzzle ...


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