“If you see a whole thing – it seems that it’s always beautiful. Planets, lives… But up close a world’s all dirt and rocks. And day to day, life’s a hard job, you get tired, you lose the pattern.”
-Ursula K. Leguin
What you are looking at is a set of pictures on the flickr account of a photographer named Dirk Paessler. He makes these “planets” out of panoramic photos and he posted a photoshop tutorial to teach yourself how to make them too.
I find them extraordinarily beautiful. I’ve been looking at them because a few days ago, Darcy found this and shared it with me and then followed the tutorial and made some of her own. Here is one of hers:
You can see the others and read about it on her blog, Arc & Angle.
I am not so terrific with the Photoshop, but maybe I will give it a try one of these days as well and post the results.