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I'm not especially happy with this one, but it's something I've wanted to try for a while, and given that it took me ages to do I thought I'd post it. It was inspired by this shot on daily dose of imagery and was constructed from nine original images, stitched with Stitcher, then converted to a 'little planet' as per the instructions on daily dose.

Let me know what you think.

focal length
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exposure bias
metering mode
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RAW converter
around 3.30pm on 23/10/07
Canon 1Ds Mark II
EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
1/1000 (and thereabouts)
aperture priority
-1/3 to -1
C1 Pro
Blackpool Tower + piers [North pier] + digital art + little planets + non standard
comment by Kristian at 08:57 PM (GMT) on 23 October, 2007

Ohh! That's really cool. A refreshing change.

comment by csj at 08:58 PM (GMT) on 23 October, 2007

Dave, mate that is a classic, is that the top of your head in the middle? ;-), I need to know how this was done, I am assuming 15mm and some kind of joiner technology, but its a wow shot, drop the earth into the centre and sell it to Blackpool Tourist Commision... !!! excellent

comment by owen-b at 09:23 PM (GMT) on 23 October, 2007

What EXACTLY don't you like Dave? Honestly, you're too much of a perfectionist, what's not to like here??? I love it. I want to do one!

comment by Carlos at 09:25 PM (GMT) on 23 October, 2007


Too cool. Looks like a still from a Monty Python cartoon...or an over the head shot of someone wearing a device to correct a neck or head injury.

Are there any lighthouses close to where you live?

Always love and appreciate your vision of the world.


comment by borntosleep at 09:49 PM (GMT) on 23 October, 2007

I love this one and in my opinion it's much better than the one that WVS posted. It reminds me of "The Little Prince" :-)

comment by Josef Renklint at 10:02 PM (GMT) on 23 October, 2007

Wth is that? :)

comment by shooter at 10:14 PM (GMT) on 23 October, 2007

Vernon Trent http://www.xoverip.info/pb/index.php has shot a few of this type of shot if you look through his archives, along I might add,with a host of other excellent stuff, this is a pleasing rendition...

comment by djn1 at 10:46 PM (GMT) on 23 October, 2007

Craig: take a look at the page I linked to.

owen: I don't know - it's not balanced, I don't like the highlights, the sea's too dark. I could go on ;-) That said, as a first attempt I'm not too disappointed with it.

Carlos: thanks, and no, there aren't any lighthouses, at least no especially photogenic ones.

Josef: it's the Blackpool little planet ;-)

shooter: thanks, I'll check them out.

comment by Ed O'Keeffe at 01:12 AM (GMT) on 24 October, 2007

At first glance I preferred the one on the daily dose of imagery site, but the way the sun and tower work at the bottom of the frame makes for a more attractive image. Well done, great experiement

comment by nferreira at 03:31 AM (GMT) on 24 October, 2007

A little planet with a Chromasia twist. :-)

comment by Navin Harish at 05:20 AM (GMT) on 24 October, 2007

Interesting shot

comment by tobias at 07:30 AM (GMT) on 24 October, 2007

First look I too thought it was very Monty Pythonesque, also reminds me of the Mother ship from Close Encounters - I like it !

comment by thomas mueller at 08:43 AM (GMT) on 24 October, 2007

i'd saw such 'planets' much time before, but i think this is one of the best. because it's brilliant composed with the curve stand out in a crowd. and the little clouds playing with the sun. just brilliant!

comment by Rhys at 08:48 AM (GMT) on 24 October, 2007

Wow! I've tried this several times before myself but have never got very good results, this works a treat. You've inspired me to have another go!

comment by Steve Tainton at 09:27 AM (GMT) on 24 October, 2007

Inspired and thanks for the link to the technique. I can see the ooportunity for an ad campaign "Blackpool a World of Pleaseure".

comment by Steve Tainton at 09:29 AM (GMT) on 24 October, 2007

surry that should have been "pleasure"

comment by David Chabashvili at 11:45 AM (GMT) on 24 October, 2007

I personally love this kind of shots - they let you realize how small out planet is :) I like this work a lot Dave - great blue color and nice subject! Would love to see more from you in this style. I have to try it myself too :)

comment by Betsy Barron at 01:24 PM (GMT) on 24 October, 2007

Lovely image - the sand and sun make this one.
FYI for those other commenters out there: there was a full tutorial in the Sept Issue of Popular Photography click or cut & paste here:


comment by osenoa at 01:37 PM (GMT) on 24 October, 2007

neat idea

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comment by Alex at 02:17 PM (GMT) on 24 October, 2007

this shot is awesome!

comment by Tim at 02:33 PM (GMT) on 24 October, 2007

I soo much agree with borntosleep about the little prince -- it is very clever -- i suspect that you need to choose the horizon carefully but it does work very well!

comment by Frank at 02:46 PM (GMT) on 24 October, 2007

That is really very good, and I know that about I speak. :-)

comment by Susie at 03:55 PM (GMT) on 24 October, 2007

I saw some of these little planets before on Flickr and thought they were very cool... and with the Blackpool scenery this one really looks great too!

comment by Ash at 04:24 PM (GMT) on 24 October, 2007

Ever since WVS's original Little Planet I was inspired to try one. I never had much luck, I always chose the wrong sort of environment. After finding a good spot though I managed to create one I actually liked (http://epicwelshman.com/index.php?showimage=329). I like how the sand in yours makes a nice even center; the uneven grass and shrubs in mine distort a little, even with cloning attempts. Blackpool Pier is a nice touch too, kinda makes it larger than life. Nicely done.

comment by djn1 at 05:13 PM (GMT) on 24 October, 2007

Thanks all, though I think the next one is much better :-)

comment by m at 10:33 PM (GMT) on 24 October, 2007

I like it

comment by Sean McCormack at 04:55 AM (GMT) on 27 October, 2007

I've done a whole bunch of these Dave, been a while since I've seen fresh ones. I like this one.