I was searching for some photographic inspiration because I’ve been feeling a little designer’s block or photographer’s block, or whatever you call it. Then I remembered a post I wrote awhile back about creating photographic planets based on a panoramic shot I made in Rochester, NY in November 2007. So, I thought I’d give it another go.
Full instructions can be found in the panoramic planets post but I basically found a landscape shot from Kim’s and my trip to Versailles last year and followed the steps outlined there. I had to do some cloning to take care of the seam and, after masking out the sky I added an inner shadow to the planet to give it some more dimensionality – and to clean up some of the fringe left over when masking the sky.
In the end, I think it turned out pretty cool. I want to try it a few more times with buildings and things sticking out into the sky – I have an Eiffel Tower shot I think would work well – for some added interest.
Give it a try and, if you come up with something good, leave a link in the comments or email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll post a collection of them here.