The Majesty (my largest photo ever)

This is one of the largest pieces I have ever made; the giant TIFF is about 21,000 pixels across (this one I uploaded is only 15,000 pixels across and has been downgraded to JPEG to fit inside the draconian upload requirements). I shot it one cool and crisp morning at Glacier National Park in this crystal clear lake that is fed by glacial runoff. It is comprised of 90 different photos that took a small eternity to mix together into an epic HDR. I’ve been thinking about having a 10-foot mural printed at walk-up resolution… but I am not quite sure where I would put it!

If you click on the shot, you can go to the Flickr site. From there, you can click on ALL SIZES to get to the largest size to see the detail, should you be so inclined!

Also, for those of you that are interested in learning more about HDR and this kind of photography, I have an HDR Tutorial, which you might enjoy.

The Majesty (my largest photo ever)

  • Susan

    Oh wow! This is super fantastic – so crystal clear!

  • This is great Trey!

  • Hey thanks – glad you dig it!

  • Zim

    Wow, amazing work!

  • beautiful

  • spencer

    i dont know about everyone else, but i am very interested to know how you stitched together/AEB 90 photos!

    oh, and btw…great shot!

  • What can I say! This is simply fantabulous!
    You ARE STILL the master Trey!

  • Tom

    Trey, this is simply amazing and one of the best pictures I’ve ever seen in my life, after looking at the Majesty my eye traveled, on it’s own, right down to the lower left hand side to see the Pond rocks in the Foreground. This is WONDERFUL

  • Suzanne Marchand

    Tout simplement superbe. Vous etes un artiste, Trey. Bravo et continuez.

  • D. A. Taylor

    “I’m not sure where I would put it”….

    How about in my living room! AMAZING!

  • nzm

    Simply Superb.


  • james

    Awesome! I’d mount it on a corridor side wall(large enough) from floor to ceiling.

  • slavenka

    Bravo maestro!

  • Un-freakin’ real. Very nice.

  • Very nice, Trey! I assume you used AutoPano Pro, because that’s the best software out there.

    I have several questions: Did you stitch then HDR or HDR then stitch? What approximate grid pattern did you use to shoot the 90 shots? (i.e. 10 across, 9 down) Does the 90 include the bracketed exposures or just the unique frames? (In other words, did you shoot 18 sets of five or 90 sets of five?)

    James, I would never put it in a hallway; you could never see the whole thing at once.

  • titter85

    Freaking awesome! I’m curious about the answer for Hans Mast questions! Amazing! 90 photos! Man! Cool! 🙂

  • Thanks yall!

    The 90 shots were 3 rows of 10 columns each. Each grid square had 3 shots at 3 exposures. I tried 8 different stitching techniques but found the best luck with a crazy combination of Photomatix and PTGui… I will do some more panoramas then maybe write a tutorial!

  • I always enjoy your pictures, but had to comment on this one. Stunning! And I know required a lot of effort.

  • that is one fantastic photographic accomplishment!
    just my 2cents worth….right up there with the all time masters!

  • Ah, cool. PTGui is good too. HDR panos is something I do quite a bit of (even though my quality is far below your own). If I do HDR then stitch, I simply HDR each frame in Photomatix then stitch it with AutoPano Pro. If I stitch then HDR, I stitch the regularly exposed frames (+/-0) in AutoPano Pro. Then I save the stitch file and open it with Notepad. I modify the stitch file (which is a plain text file with all the proper coordinates, warp angles, etc) to point to the underexposed (-2) frames and save a copy. I do the same with the +2s. (This is necessary because otherwise each detection by APP will be subtly different (due to the difference in exposure and information) and will be unsuitable for HDRing.) I then stitch them. Then I HDR/Tonemap the three huge stitched frames with Photomatix.

  • John Kicinsi


    I grew up in Oklahoma and we had a small lake behind the house, in the evenings when the sun began to go down and the wind died down, this is whst i would see, although not as grandur as this, but it reminded me of home. “A PICTURE CAN SAY A THOUSAND WORDS”


  • Casey Van Nyhuis

    So did you put together 3 complete panoramas and then process them into an HDR? or did you process each picture into an HDR and then stitch all of the HDR pictures into a panorama?
    and im sure i speak for everyone when i say, thanks for showing us all how it’s done!

  • Rask

    I’m a huge fan of your particular brand of the high-saturation HDR, and this is obviously an amazing photo. But if you’ll forgive me, I really can’t understand why you’ve coloured it this way. The blue/yellow contrast is just too great, and it renders an otherwise ‘natural beauty’-type photo unnatural. The saturation of the sky is just too much for me.

    This is coming from someone who will never be half the photographer you are, of course…

  • I wish I was there I wonder if that view look like that in person..

  • hmmm, well. speachless!

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