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Winter World 2
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In November 2007, I started work early on a holiday card. I had seen a tutorial on creating circular distortions of landscapes online and already planned on using a modified version of this technique to create little planetoids. Since these were for winter, I wanted them to look crisp and sparkling, like fresh snow in the sun. Over two weeks of work later, things still didn’t look right. I had tried all kinds of effects and filters to get the right look - none of which was just right. I finally ended up doing a lot of painting with the dodge and burn tools in Photoshop, which had me nearly there. The final element was deciding to abandon having a perfectly circular edge and to add the border. Voila! I used this technique to create several more planetoids, which make me think of “The Little Prince”, but I also liked the effect when the sky was in the center of the images.

“Winter World #2” was my experiment to see what would happen when the sky was in the center of the image rather than at the edge. It worked so well, I made several more. I like how the jaggedness of the edge echoes the shapes of the trees. Uses a photograph from stock.xchng member Ondrej Verzich.
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profutur1971|Professional General Artist
Beautiful image ! Beauty and originality ! Good job ![link]
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Its so deep....
Makes me think about different things...
Very impressive....
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darkVOID42|Hobbyist Photographer
Well done! :+fav:
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Think I like that one most.
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Stunning! :nod:
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:iconcheerplz: Featured: [link] :iconcheerplz:
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NatalieKelsey|Hobbyist General Artist
Hey! That is amazing! :D How do you do it without blurring?
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Thank you very much! Which part did you think I would want to blur? I did the transform with Polar Coordinates in Photoshop, and the edge is a mask to make the perfectly circular edge more interesting. There's a lot of dodging and burning, and sharpening to bring out the details...
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NatalieKelsey|Hobbyist General Artist
Lol, I am so dumb. I thought it was one of those things where you spin the camera; I didn't realize it was special effects. Great work, it's really neat.
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wow, i like your style! keep the good work comming!
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