A panorama is a series of pictures put together that produces an end product that is longer (or taller) than can be produced with a regular camera.
Below are a three examples of how a panorama can be used to show a scene.
The first was taken at Zabriski Point in Death Valley. I got there about 45 minutes before sunrise and there were already a bunch of photographers there waiting. I thought the scene would make an interesting image, so I set up my tripod and did a quick series of images that brought both the expansive view and the crowd into perspective. Simply shooting and cropping the image would never have been able to produce the quality of image that is here. (The irony is that it produced such a large file size that I can’t upload it to Smugmug. Oops!)
The second was taken at the Painted Hills Unit of The John Day Fossil Bed National Monument. There are many images that show the hills, but none that I have seen that show the entire vista like this one.
The last was taken late last week on the way to school. On a clear day, you can see the San Gabriel Mountains. On this day, the sunrise was had a nice affect on the mountains so I pulled over on a small rise on the way to work and, again, shot a series of shots. Ok, the light post in the middle kind of takes away from the image, but you get the idea about how a panorama can be done on the spur of the moment.
Please feel free to leave a comment and tell me what you think.