I know that, I often target it at a mountain with the half-press to get it properly lit, and then take a shot of the sky (otherwise I'd get a way too bright picture), but as I said, I often just forget about that on account of being too impatient.
That stitch you did was pretty amazing. How did you move the camera, in the same plane or did you rotate it? The middle of my pictures was taken on a mountain overlook, but as you can see, it looks really curved. Incidentally, that makes it look even better
in HD View (when you get to 'look around' in it), but it looks kinda weird as a 2D image. I notice your image is nice and straight.
Haven't tried ICE on pictures where people are walking around, but I did give that a shot with WLPG, and that came out fine:
This was composited from roughly nine shots, with people walking around and everything. The steam kept moving around, too.
I'll give this a shot in ICE to see what it does.
But yeah, it's not so much the stitching that impresses me in ICE, but the way it manages to get the lighting uniform across all pictures it stitches.
How did you move the camera, in the same plane or did you rotate it?
The photos were taken from Alcatraz and I rotated, you can see that from the perspective of the parallel roads of the downtown area. They are 17 pictures.
I've made another panorama where I zoomed more on the skyline, consisting of 41 pictures. However because they were also all shot by hand, I had to do some filling in/editing of sky and water to get a decent crop. It is 54937 x 2823 Pixels (155.09 MPixels)
and had it hanging in an entire corridor at work to show off a wide format printer's color capabilities we are developing. You notice it's not as wide angle as the other one, but it has more detail on the buildings.