I don’t shoot panoramas very often but I do find them fun to do. I use Hugin for stitching them together and generally just do them hand held with no tripod. This works pretty well and everything can be cropped and corrected after stitching. Hugin is a free program available here http://hugin.sourceforge.net/ and represents some of the best in free software.
This panorama was taken at Disneyland in ToonTown. Very surreal look in ToonTown, the lighting and everything just makes for an other worldy kind of look. Also, if you look very closely (there is a lot of detail) you’ll notice that people who move during the shooting of the panorama can be cut in half or just have a general ghostly appearance.
This Disneyland panorama was taken in Tomorrowland. I’m not sure I like the overall composition of this but it has been a very popular photo of mine.
…and this is an “artistic” view of our living room. Part stitched panorama and part collage of just pasted in images. I liked the sort of random Hockneyesque perspectives that can be achieved this way.