Another Panoramic View of Ålesund

Panoramic view of Ålesund. Shot with Canon Ixus 130

Panoramic view of Ålesund. Shot with Canon Ixus 130

I loved this view and wanted to share another panoramic photo of Ålesund. This was shot earlier this summer with my Canon Ixus 130. If you missed my previous post, it’s here:

41 thoughts on “Another Panoramic View of Ålesund

  1. This is a lovely panoramic photo. It isn’t too curved, which is what I like in a panoramic photo. Can’t tell where it’s stitched together, well done. The cloud cover looks spectacular.

    • There’s a “stitch assist” mode on the camera to help create panoramic images. I used that and ended up with 4 shots that I combined in Photoshop. After Photoshop I used Lightroom to add some clarity, boost contrast etc.

      • Thank you Cardinal. The quality is great for a small camera. It’s the same workflow I use. Lightroom is great for that.

        • Yes, LIghtroom is great. One can always use the RAW file editing in Photoshop, but it’s much easier and convenient in Lightroom. Plus you get the benefit of organizing and tagging the photos.
          The quality here is good, but the problems with my Canon Ixus camera is:
          1. It doesn’t shoot RAW files.
          2. Has no manual focus.
          3. It’s crap in bad light conditions.

          If I could I would have upgraded it…

        • I never use auto import either. I prefer to organize my folders on the disk and then import them to Lightroom afterwards. If I need to move or rename folders, I do this in Lightroom. If you forget and do it directly on the disk, you can always look up the folder in Lightroom and update the library.
          Lightroom is also great if you’re working on several computers with the same library (typically on your laptop & stationary) – you can do changes on one/several photo(s) and then update the gallery on the other device with the new changes.
          I don’t know Sigma, but I’ll check out the link. I know for sure that my next pocket camera will be one of the new mirrorless ones that shoot in RAW and has changeable lenses.

  2. A good point. I just learned that you can export/import selected photos as catalogue to update the gallery. Never done this before. Is this the way to do it? Before I copied always the xml sidecar file to use the new settings. This could be a great tool to update all the photos on my wife’s desktop. I have to play with this a little. Thanks for the tip.

    • That’s the way. I translated this info for you to help:

      You can right-click on the desired collection and select “Export as a Catalog”. Alternatively, you can select the images in the grid view and click on File -> Export as a Catalog.

      In the dialog box that appears, you must consider the following:

      Export negative files: Here you select whether the original picture files to accompany exports.

      Build / Include Smart Previews: Here you will be prompted to create / include Smart Previews. These require far less space on your hard drive the original files. This can be handy if you want to work with images from the stationary machine on the go, but do not want to fill up the hard drive of your laptop with the original files. When the dropper to take your original files (option above) and cross off Smart Previews. When you get home you can import directory with the changes return and change will be performed on the original files.

      Include available previews: This is easy previews of your images, and there is no reason to skip this option. If you do not tick here have Lightroom create all the previews again when you open images for editing.

      You must also choose where to place the folder. You may want to put it on a memory stick or external hard drive so that you can easily move the files to another computer afterwards. If possible you may want to create the folder directly on the machine which images are imported, for example via Dropbox or Google Drive. For large amounts of data, it may be faster to use a memory stick or external hard drive.

      After this step you will end up with a folder containing the following files:

      catalogue_name.lrcat – this is the directory settings

      preview.lrdata – this is the file with previews

      catalogue_name smart previews.lrdata – this is Smart Previews, if you chose to include these.

      In addition, there will be a sub-folder containing the image files if you checked the route for the export of original files.

      • Thank you very much for this detailed information. It’s a good idea to use only the preview files on a mobile computer. I just bought now for my Europe trip a 2TB 2.5″ Seagate Disk for all my photos. It’s a beauty, thinner and smaller then the 1TB WD and very light. I love it. I have all the pictures on that one and work on the laptop with it. This works very well because it’s also a second backup from the desktop drive. So far I love this solution however I think it’s a good idea to put the catalogue onto the laptop hard drive and the catalogue backup to the 2TB USB. This way the photos are always accessible and a backup of the catalogue is on a different drive and I can do some editing on the laptop without the external drive. A catalogue sync function would be very handy. Maybe we will have it in version 10. 🙂 I will play with this import/export catalogue options after a good backup. 🙂 Your information for that are very helpful. I appreciate your explanation very much. Great job. Dank you.

  3. The old architecture really stands out on the enlargement. Good detail, and I like the way the buildings and streets snake along the landscape through the water. It looks like an imaginary place.

    • Streets that snake along is a very accurate description Allan! The city is very charming. I’m currently working on some photos from the city itself. Not sure when they’ll be ready, but probably soon(er or later).

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