Planet Amsterdam and Other Worlds

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“Find your place on the planet. Dig in, and take responsibility from there.”
Gary Snyder

When you travel, do you feel like you’ve stepped onto another planet, a complete world of different sights and sounds, foods and moods, laid out just for you to explore?

Planet Amsterdam
Planet Amsterdam
Canal houses in Amsterdam with a row of bicycles out front
See also: Absinthe in Amsterdam

(Scroll down to see the source photographs and vote for your favorite little planet.)

Planet Aegean
Snorkeling with David and Daniel in the Aegean Sea

Planet Chicago
Planet Chicago #littleplanet

“The Bean” in Chicago, reflecting the skyline

Planet Brooklyn Bridge
The Manhattan skyline as seen from Brooklyn
See also: Birthday on the Brooklyn Bridge

The Photoshop tutorials below warned about having a crack in the center of my little planet (which happens when not starting with a panoramic photo), but I kind of like this effect for the Brooklyn Bridge. I experimented with copying and flipping the bridge in the photo below. What do you think?

Planet Brooklyn Bridge (Alternate Universe)
Planet Brooklyn Bridge (doubled)

Planet RappellingPlanet Rappelling
Rappelling down a waterfall in Costa Rica

Planet Mykonos
Planet Mykonos
White houses on a hillside in Mykonos, Greece
See also: Something fishy about this pedicure

Planet Tennis
Planet Tennis #littleplanet

Serving in a tennis match

For the above image, I played around with putting in an undistorted torso for the tennis player (my son David). In my other version, I didn’t like how the distorted left arm came out. You can see it here: Planet Tennis.

Planet Buddha
Planet Buddha
Sukhothai Historical Park, Thailand

Planet Trapeze School
Planet Trapeze School #littleplanet
Trapeze School New York
See also: Confronting the Abyss at Trapeze School New York

Planet Yacht
Planet Yacht
Sailing in Greece: Yeah, this one didn’t work out, but I liked the mast and lines.


I made the little planet photos by manipulating these photos in Photoshop (tutorials below):

Amsterdam canal houses  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  The Bean Chicago  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  Rappelling in Costa Rica  Mykonos Greece  Tennis doubles at Copper Valley Club  Buddha Thailand  Trapeze School New York  Sailing in Greece

 How to make a little planet photo:

(Video tutorial) Photoshop tutorials on making little planet photos: Full Circles make me happy and Create Your Own Planets. #littleplanet     Planet Brooklyn Bridge stripMultiMEDIA Splice #13

About Marcy

I blog about trying to get out of my comfort zone, completing 101 things in 1001 days (and beyond), and writing my memoirs. My book: Timid No More.
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8 Responses to Planet Amsterdam and Other Worlds

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  2. Kei says:

    Great pics! I like the tennis one best, but they’re all cool. Will try to come up with a post and link up this week! 🙂
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    • Marcy says:

      Thanks, Kei. I had fun making the tennis one. It’s the only one where I replaced a distorted part with part of the original image, and then it was fun to try to figure out how to blend them together.

  3. Awesome pics! I like the Sukhothai Historical Park, Thailand one very cool and the waterfall in Costa Rica. I saw that myself when I was there 2 years ago. Enjoyed thanks for sharing.

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