And as for "success", whether you take that as an insult or not is up to you, my definition of success is a sharp print corner to corner at 30"x40" or larger with good lighting and composition. Good luck trying to print a handheld panorama at sizes as large as that and not have them come out looking like crap.
Yeah, that's really, really easy to do. I have four 42x28s near me at this moment, and a 36x12 (360°x120°) on the wall right in front of me, all taken handheld, with the last one taken while standing in a tiny two-person service lift 440 feet off the ground suspended by nothing but cables.
Yeah its easy to do, that's why tripods were invented, that's why camera manufacturers invented IS, and why all other forms of camera stabilization were invented. Because its easy to hold a camera for a picture.......much less a panorama.
It's much easier on a panorama than on a single shot. Much.
Yes, all the pro architectural and landscape photographers handhold all their shots, especially panoramas, because its easy. Much.
Your statements continue to devolve into ridiculousness......or you are trolling, which ever the case, this will definitely be the last I address you.
Tetten...I've appreciated some of your earlier comments. I usually stay out of forum bickering, but if anything is devolving at this point, it's from insulting another photographer's work by implying that your standard of excellence is so much higher as to render their work inadequate and therefore demonstrate the need to do it your way.
It's starting to sound a little silly telling other pros that what they're doing with success can't possibly be successful enough. I'm sure there are photographers out there who think their work achieves excellence above yours, and yet others thinking that way over them. If it works for someone, why knock it? If they (or their clients) are pleased with the huge prints on their walls, who cares how anyone else defines success?
Kieth's engineering wisdom from the X-Rite interview he linked seems to apply here: don't let perfection become the enemy of excellence. It sounds like you're trying to convince someone that what they deem excellent (and so do their paying clients) is not perfect and is therefore not worthwhile. Personally, pursuing that level of perfection would suck the life out of photography for me...
Anyway, maybe just agree to disagree, eh? We each have different motivations in our photography, be it personal fulfillment, paying the bills, or even ultimate "perfection" as we see it.
I'll kindly butt-out now.
No hard feelings...