Panoramic photography in Jotunheimen National Park

Falko Burghausen
Falko Burghausen
Published: 2 years ago
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Panoramic photography in Jotunheimen National Park
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It took two attempts before we managed to photograph the majestic nature in Jotunheimen National Park as a high-resolution, interactive panorama in a way that met our requirements.

One of the life lessons you’re taught as a child is to take it easy after a meal, don’t exercise for a while, and give your body time to digest the food.

In that respect, I pretty much did everything wrong when, right after a delicious dinner in the van and several furtive glances outside, I can’t resist the temptation. The temptation to take it up with the slowly rising shadows of the night and to start with full photo backpack a small forced march on the pre-peak located about 400 meters above me. From up there I hope for good light conditions and an impressive view of the enormous landscape of the Jotunheimen national park.

So much is taken in advance: I lost the race against the setting sun. But after the sunset is known before the evening glow and that does not let itself be lumpen and waits with magical colors and a wonderful evening sky.

All around me the Jotunheimen mountains spread out in all its facets: Mountains, a few rugged peaks, countless smaller and larger lakes and directly in front of me the striking Bitihorn and the well-known road through this Norwegian national park. On the horizon, one mountain range follows the next, the landscape stretches almost endlessly and the number of lakes is just as endless. Directly below me lies the eastern end of Bygdin, an elongated lake that stretches turquoise for more than 25 kilometers to the northwest, into the bright light of the just-set sun. To the north my view falls on the 2102 m high Rasletinden, behind it further mountain giants and the famous Besseggen ridge wait.

In the best evening light I can take some pictures and still have to realize that despite the heavy weight something is still missing in my backpack. The viewpoint up here is ideal for taking a panorama, but unfortunately I didn’t take the panorama system with me in the hurry and can therefore only take a panorama with on-board means (i.e. the tripod and manually strung together pictures).

Later in the evening and back at the van I am not very enthusiastic about the bumbling result. Without a panorama system, one quickly runs the risk that the individual images are not in line and the entire panorama becomes skewed as a result. In addition, I have to crop my first attempt so much in post-processing that the prominent peak of Bitihorn is stuck just below the edge of the image – an aesthetic no-go even with both eyes squeezed shut. The somewhat grumpy realization after my digestive run: at least in terms of the panorama, this was nothing.

Landscape photography is sometimes complex and not always successful at the first time. Tomorrow is supposed to be the last day with as good weather as today. Our decision is therefore quickly made and we spend another day in Jotunheimen National Park, which brings with a mountain run on the nearby Bitihorn during the day some sporty variety and culminates in the evening in another climb together with Marina to the now already well-known photo location. This time with panorama system in the backpack and this time then also in the best evening light with a successful panorama in the box.

Interactive panorama photography

Interactive panorama photography

We create our panoramic photography with great attention to detail and high effort at the most beautiful locations. Each panorama consists of several individual images, which in themselves already resolve with about 45 MP. Thus, after stitching the individual images together, we get a high-resolution, interactive panorama to discover the impressive landscapes.

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