Since I tried it for the first time, I simply fell in love with creating panorama pictures.
Gloriously, this is possible with the Free Software Hugin.
The new (2011-09-30) version 2011.02 features a greatly improved interface making work really easy.
Here is the result of stitching together 4 pics taken by mobile phone (Sony Ericsson Cybershot C905):
Today is Norwegian Constitution Day.
In 2007, I spent my honeymoon in Norway. That was a fantastic journey!
As a reminiscence, I wanted to finally create some panoramas I photographed then. Thanks to Hugin this really is fun:
Tromsø panoramic view, taken with 11 separate shots from the plateau before the arctic cathedral on 2007-05-18
There is one downer, though:
You need to connect the pictures somehow. You can either do this manually (tedious) or you can use autopano-sift-c. This gives you an ugly warning, though:
The use of this software is restricted by certain conditions.
See the "LICENSE" file distributed with the program for details.
The University of British Columbia has applied for a patent on the SIFT
algorithm in the United States. Commercial applications of this software may
require a license from the University of British Columbia.
Another story how software patents harm innovation!