Hi Rockoyster -
<<"Slowpoke you should sell that image to a jigsaw manufacturer. It would make a wonderfully challenging 5,000 piece one!
You certainly know how to drive that Olympus OM-D E-M5.">>
I'm glad that you did not say "Your camera takes nice pictures."
In fact, there are several factors involved.
1.- The camera. It has extremely accurate color reproduction, unlike at least one other famous brand. By the way, my other cameras are full frame Canon DSLRs, which also do an excellent job on color accuracy, but weigh a ton with lenses. The Oly is a very good high quality travel camera, and, due to its sensor size, ( Micro 4/3 sensor) it uses lenses that weigh perhaps 1/4th or less of the weight of a similar spec. Canon lens.
2.- The camera- it is light weight. The image was taken handheld, and weight makes a difference.
3.- The lens. It is Oly's 75mm f 1.8 from their professional grade (M-Zuiko) series . If you were to see the full size print, about 1.2 meters across you would be amazed at the level of detail. Everyone is. See attached full res crop (only edited with a trace of sharpening). Actual size of that piece of the image is about 5 by 7 cm at printed resolution. To get the exact effect, you should somehow look at it at that size. Popping it up from the Forum gives a larger (less sharp) image.
The wide aperture of that lens allowed a high shutter speed, which minimizes the effects of camera shake, permitting clear details.
4.- Adobe Photoshop. I have attached one of the 7 images that were merged to create the image. It was taken using autoexposure and aimed at the castle with center weight exposure. The Alps are washed out (overexposed) . The contrast is poor. The human eye automatically compensates, and simultaneously sees detail and tonal information in all of the range of darks and lights in the scene in actuality. To one's eyes, the Alps are clear, without loss of information in the darker parts. It is almost impossible to for even the best modern digital cameras to show all that information in an image, but it is there, buried. That attached image actually has all of the information in it, but it is not visible until an image editing program makes it visible in a printed or on-screen image.
Photoshop plus the camera's capabilities allow the full range of detail to be presented. In fact, I used Photoshop to pull up the Alps, which darkened the valley too much, and created two "exposure" versions (lighter and darker) of the panoramic image once merged. Then I laid them on top of one another, and using Photoshop tools, selectively allowed different regions to become visible...some of the Alps from the darker "exposure" and some of the valley from the lighter exposure.
5.- Adobe Photoshop. The photo merging routine is highly refined, with quite a few controls and options.
6. - Adobe Photoshop. I used it to adjust tone ( light/dark/contrast), color saturation, and apparent sharpness on individual regions of the image.
7.-An unusually clear dry day in April, 2014. And, a quite satisfying meal at the Landgasthof Bären in Sumiswald, which put me in a good mood to go up on the ridge and patiently take several tens of images, perhaps 200 all told.
8.- The Emmental itself, with such wonderful scenery. Plus,extensive wanderings in the Emmental, guiding the choice of location.