I'm seeking some assistance inputting an elongated image as seen in the following two storymaps. Particularly that shown within the first link that exhibits the pilgrimage to the Hajj via a tall map image. I assume this is a high resolution image (clipped to a tall portrait ratio) and then with some photo editing to include the text and fade? However, before I set off on this journey could someone confirm this is the design method to use or if not if there is a simpler way to achieve this effect? Any tips on gaining access to high resolution map images would be great, specifically the North Sea off the East coast of the UK would be most appreciated.
Cheers in advance