Ever since Google released the Photosphere feature for their Nexus devices, I have been obsessed with making tiny planets. The photosphere feature enables you to take 360 degree photos, essentially creating a “room” of photos. You also have the ability to turn your panorama into a “tiny planet”. Android does all the work for you, and while you may get some errors with the stitched image, they usually turn out pretty great.
Remember that amazing 360-degree panorama captured from the top of the Burj Khalifa that we shared back in January? Photographer Gerald Donovan created that stitched panorama to show what Earth looks like from the world’s tallest manmade point.
If you want to see what an actual “tiny world” photo looks like when captured from that same spot, look no further than the photograph above.
We’ve shared examples of stereographic projection (AKA “little planet”) photography here before, but none quite like these. Sydney-based visual artist Catherine Nelson creates some of the most amazing “planets” we’ve seen by stitching together hundreds of individual photographs. Trained as a painter and having worked on feature films like Moulin Rouge and Harry Potter, she uses her visual effects expertise to combine the images in creative and surreal ways.
Swedish photographer Göran Strand created this amazing “little planet” photo (AKA a stereographic projection) that shows the Aurora Borealis overhead. He titled it “Planet Aurora”.
(via APOD via My Modern Met)
Image credit: Photograph by Göran Strand and used with permission