Photoshop globe planets made from panorama cityscapes

San Francisco Globe with Bay Bridge Panorama

With the downtime over the christmas break I tried out making my own cityscape planets using the concise photoshop tutorial at http://photojojo.com/content/tutorials/create-your-own-panorama-planets. Edit: This tutorial is no longer online, I have written my own here.

The process is actually very simple using Photoshop’s Polar Coordinates. The most amount of time is spent fussing to get rid of the seam line caused by doing a 360 join on the image.

I did a nighttime panorama globe of my hometown, Sydney Australia.

Sydney Globe Nighttime Panorama
Sydney Globe Nighttime Panorama

Check out the original image here (photo credit): http://ochomiles.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/sydney_skyline_at_dusk_-_dec_2008.jpg

I experimented with a dusk shot I took overlooking the Bay Bridge in San Francisco, with some interesting results because of a partial building in the frame.

San Francisco Globe with Bay Bridge Panorama
San Francisco Globe with Bay Bridge Panorama

Another one of my own photos, this time the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park.

Grand Canyon South Rim Globe Panorama
Grand Canyon South Rim Globe Panorama

Now for a delightful tongue twister, a panorama of Panama. This shot had fantastic orange sunset tones that make it look almost surreal.

Globe Panama City skyline Panorama
Globe Panama City skyline Panorama

Original image and photo credit: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2214/2055536739_f2c77be5a4.jpg

This effect is a bit of a limited use party trick, I’m not sure what practical use you’d have for such images but they are impressive to look at.

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