Ålesund Mosaics

Mosaic Panoramic View of Ålesund City Center

As I was post-processing my photos from our trip to Ålesund, I wanted to experiment and made this mosaic panoramic view of Ålesund City Center. I combined 10 different photos that were shot with different settings at different times – some day shots, some night shots. They were all shot from the same balcony, but the camera wasn’t in a fixed position.

Aalesund-mosaics

Ålesund Mosaics (click to see large version)

If one wants a perfect result on a mosaic like this, it takes some planning before shooting: the camera should be on a tripod, you should use a number of fixed positions (for example 3 steps to get a panorama), the ISO should be the same on all shots and also the focal length. Since I didn’t plan this at all, but just wanted to experiment and have fun with the photos that I had available, I can reveal to you that if you’re looking for perfection in this mosaic, you’ll find a lot of errors like parts that are skewed, repeating tiles, weird geometry etc, etc. These are the settings for the different shots: 

  • 5,0 sec at f/22, ISO100 / 24mm
  • 1/30 sec at f/16, ISO 200 / 24mm
  • 1/25 sec at f/16, ISO200 / 47mm
  • 1/40 sec at f16, ISO200 /24mm
  • 30,0 sec at f/11, ISO100 / 24mm
  • 1/10 sec at f/11, ISO100 / 45mm
  • 0,4 sec at f/22, ISO100 / 99mm
  • 1/6 sec at f/22, ISO100 / 80mm
  • 1/13 sec at f/14, ISO400 / 24mm
  • 0,3 sec at f/22, ISO100 / 24mm

Here’s a gallery with some other Ålesund photos: Panoramic, HDR and Panoramic HDR.

This was my entry for WordPress’ Weekly Photo Challenge: Dialogue.

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26 thoughts on “Ålesund Mosaics

  1. You know of course that these are the most impressive photographs I have seen tonight. I wish I could have seen them zoomed in, the amount of details, the sharpness is incredible. Did you use your tripod for all of them?

    • It was a bit difficult, because I hadn’t planned anything. I just got the idea afterwards as I was working on the shots. I guess that with some planning, the post-processing would have been much easier.

  2. Stunning. Stunning. Stunning. Very creative of you, Cardinal. My hat’s off to you. The mosaic one left me speechless and unmoving for a moment. Thanks for sharing how you did it. One day when I learn how to use my Fuji compact I hope to attempt something like that. I suppose you spent a bit of time post-processing to get the panoramas to turn out like that, and to make the colours that vivid.

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