30 Creative Photography Examples of the Polar Panorama Effect

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Stereographic projection refers to the wrapping of a panoramic image into what many would call a tiny or wee planet, or the polar panorama effect. The final image can be done with very expensive fisheye camera lenses, however; they are usually achieved with a photo editing program like Photoshop. By making the image appear circular and wrapping into itself, it gives off the illusion that it is a small planet in its own universe. In other words, you can create a whole new world with this effect.

The best images you can use to make tiny planets are the 360-degree panoramic images. They are the best choice because the ends tend to line up perfectly to create seamless spheres. Alternatively, you can also ‘fake it’ or use a mirrored image to create these breathless planets. Faking it requires a few extra steps so that the seam isn’t as noticeable before turning it into a tiny planet. Mirroring the image also takes a few extra steps compared to a panoramic image, but the end result can be just as beautiful.

You can then create several planets and create beautiful final prints with them all in one. Or, you can take the exact same pictures at different times of day and year to create truly magnificent planets. Whichever method you choose, let your creative juices flow freely. In this post, we will show you 30 of the most beautiful and creative little planets out there. Use them as an inspiration for your next art or photo project.


Snowy Night
Tiny Planets

Autumn Planet
Tiny Planets

Downtown
Tiny Planets

Rode Garden
Tiny Planets

Planet Treehouse
Tiny Planets

Tiny Sunflower
Tiny Planets

Franklin Park Pond
Tiny Planets

Planeta Otoñal
Tiny Planets

Tiny Planet II
Tiny Planets

La Planete Arbre
Tiny Planets

Balonismo "weeplanet"
Tiny Planets

Santiago de Día
Tiny Planets

Red Gazebo
Tiny Planets

Planet Toronto
Tiny Planets

Aviary Planet
Tiny Planets

Von Neumann Machine
Tiny Planets

De kleine wereld
Tiny Planets

Fountain Hills Great Fair 2008
Tiny Planets

Frankfurt
Tiny Planets

Manhattan Skyline
Tiny Planets

Minatomirai-Bridge
Tiny Planets

Sunset Galaxy
Tiny Planets

Octopussy
Tiny Planets

Planet Austin SXSW
Tiny Planets

Brighton Basket 'Ball'
Tiny Planets

Planet Jefferson Blvd
Tiny Planets

Saguaro Planet
Tiny Planets

Casa del Balbo
Tiny Planets

Plaza Planet
Tiny Planets

Levy Lane
Tiny Planets

Create Your Own Wee Planet