To be fair, I must say that the final image required quite some work to fill holes at the top and bottom edges.
The full story is that I took the image at the end of the day, with a memory card almost full of pictures of my kids that I didn’t want to sacrifice, hence I only had 3 shots to make the panorama. Light was changing too fast and going through the images to delete some was not an option…
Normally I would have framed the individual shots vertically, to leave more space at the top and bottom (things can always be cropped away after the pano is assembled). However, in this case I had to frame horizontally at the widest possible focal length, and tried to move as straight as possible…
The starting point was not too bad, but a simple crop would have removed a lot of important details, including the mountain tops:
I filled the black regions using the liquid rescale GIMP plug-in, which is probably the reason why @afre is seeing a “paper roll core” curvature in the image (good catch, by the way!!!).
So here is a second attempt, in which I have used GMIC’s patch-based inpainting to fill the black areas at the bottom. I have also did a bit more of reconstruction in the sky to get some air above the mountain top.
You are absolutely right!
What do you think of this new version?
Image released under the CC-BY-NC-SA
For curiosity, the mark in the map (near the right edge) shows the exact place were I was standing when I took the three shots:
Fortunately I didn’t have to go in the water to get a nice view point.
The stitching was done in Hugin using the automated assistant. The water came out as it is without any manual intervention… stitching took not more than 10 minutes.
Thanks for all your comments!