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9th September 2011

little planet cusco

it's been a while since i've had a go at a little planet photo - and i'm not really sure why - as i think the effect is pretty cool. as i had already photographed the plaza de armas when i was in cusco a couple of years ago i thought i should try something a bit different. i've linked to instructions of how to achieve this effect before - but that was over 3 years ago - so here they are again:
  1. create a 360 degree panoramic image - there's plenty of software available for this - i find PTGui particularly effective
  2. open this image in photoshop, and change the image size so that the height is the same as the width, which will give you a distorted square image
  3. rotate the image 180 degrees
  4. choose filter / distort / polar coordinates and select rectangular to polar
  5. that's it
you may need to clean up the image a little after, i found the lampost which is pointing almost directly north fairly problematic in this example, but it's a fun technique to experiment with. now go forth and create your own little planets.

here's a larger version
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