Some people can just lounge around on a Sunday and do nothing, I’m not really one of them. I always need to have a little project or day trip to keep me amused. This weekend I was sitting in my backyard, watching the birds and sipping a drink and thought, why not make one of those so-called mini-planets one sees on the internet.
So, I ran inside, grabbed my trusty Olympus OMD EM-5 and a tripod. This was the first time doing a mini-planet and my first attempt was a failure. Turns out I really needed an ultrawide lens to frame both the sky and the ground. I changed my lens to the Panasonic 7-14mm ultrawide. Next, I shot a 360 panorama of the backyard and got my first mini-planet.
The basic technique is to put one’s camera on a tripod and shoot several images, each time panning the camera around 30 degrees to create a 360 degree panorama. Those images are stitched together in Photoshop, cleaned up a bit and the a polar distortion filter is applied. There are tons of internet articles on this technique, so I won’t go into details here.
Later in the day, I tried to make another mini-planet of my street. It didn’t turn out as well as I would have liked. No matter, this was about having fun and learning something new.