I make things simple. I put my camera in aperature priority set an aperature for either max sharpness, the available light or the depth of field I want. With my eye I find the brightest portion of the scene and take one shot. I look at the histogram and expose to the right without clipping, confirm with a second shot. I then take this shutter speed put it in manual mode and from left to right shoot the number of frames needed for the panorama. After converting the raw for maximum data I adjust the "exposure" and dynamic range with curves or levels in PS. This way I have maximised the data for the dynamic range of my cameras sensor. At times you will find the DR of a daylight sene too much and each frame needs to be processed twice once for the sky and once for the landscape, then blended.
That picture in your personal information is great. Perhaps, while I'm practicing, I could throw in a couple of my panorama questions...if you don't mind.
I assume it is necessary to not only have the camera on a tripod but also with a pan head? I have a nice one, but I thought I would ask you.
Probably my biggest question to date is this: when I use Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0, with its panoramic function, mostly I guess, for stitching, the resulting (stitched) picture contains different shades of light and dark. That is, looking at the sky, you can see where it's not the same blue. One frame may be a little lighter or darker. Consider I haven't started to use the pan head yet, just the tripod.
I might be able to answer some of this, once I incorporate some of your techniques into my photo routines. I really appreciate your information.