Photography Project: Creating mini-worlds

San Diego Skyline as Mini-World

I’d seen these mini-worlds before in magazines and on the web, but always thought they were too hard to create.  I recently finished Denise Ippolito’s “A Guide to Creative Filters and Effects” and in it she lays out clear simple instructions (I highly recommend this e-book, available on her website).  I think the hardest part about this technique is getting rid of the “seam” lines where the image is warped and joined.

I tried this technique on several photos and found panoramics worked best.  There is a fine balance between the amount you have above and below the subject.  Too much sky and your subject is just a tiny little circle in the middle.  Denise provides a bunch of variations to try – I’m still experimenting.  Thank you to Peter for letting me “borrow” and experiment with his San Diego skyline photo (this was a big deal because he is a tried and true purist, and I’m totally violating everything he believes in).

On a different note:  I’ve decided to embark on my own Project 52.  I find that I grow and expand more when I have assignments – for instance during photography courses – that force me to break out of my comfort zone AND have a time limit.  So starting this week, I have a set of 52 projects, each will have one theme and I will post the results here after Wednesdays.  I fully recognize that there may be some weeks when I just can’t do it – so I’ve given myself until the end of May 2013 to complete all 52.  I’d love it if you’d join me…

This week’s project:  Reflections on metal.

I’ll keep you posted.

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