post from Christmas day. It is shown at left here, taken with a 200mm lens. I've taken similar shots for at least a year or more - the nearly exact same shot was taken exactly 2 years earlier in 2009, but it needed a new set of eyes to see it.
Anyway, they asked permission to use it in a story about light pollution, and a few days later it appeared in a Yahoo News on-line article. With the lights of Tucson only 40 miles to the east of the National Observatory, most pictures of Tucson are FROM Kitt Peak. I've got lots of those too - like the one shown at right above - boring without the observatory. But the ideal shot would be just like at left, with the lights in the foreground and the observatory shown in the distance!
Kolor Autopano Pro). The results are shown here at left.
There is a LOT to see in the photo, unfortunately, Blogger limits the file dimensions to 1600 pixels wide, so it cannot be shown at full resolution. Of course, Kitt Peak with it's armada of telescope domes is at upper left. Tucson's skyline, such as it is, is shown at right. Interestingly, with the perspective view from the NE side of town, the football stadium looks to be right at downtown's foreground, with the red neon "Home of the Wildcats" visible. In actuality they are separated about 2 miles... Just to the left of the stadium a large flag can be seen flying over the new Centurylink Building (formerly Quest). Above and to the left of the flag are some headlights and tail lights from atop "A" Mountain, which entertains a line of cars through the evenings. Right under the profile of Kitt Peak is a cell tower (red lights visible) that are about halfway to the mountain out at the town of Three Points. The shadow of the nearby mountains are the Tucson Mountains, the one to the right of Kitt Peak I believe is Cat Mountain, which you pass on the way to the Observatory. Much beyond the familiar landmarks and I quickly get lost due to the low viewing angle and the diagonal view that isn't square to the street grid...
samples of mosaics assembled from hundreds of images with telephoto lenses so you can zoom out for a wide view, or zoom in to see people hiking on distant mountain trails. It is quite spectacular! I'll likely be using it for much more mundane applications, but I see fun in the future!