Bird's-eye view by John Poon

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Challenge Winner It’s a Small World In The CatRaven Challenge

Featured in THE GROUP, The CatRaven Challenge, Superbly Visual

See How To DIY in description box

Photoshop edits:
Image Size – to square format
Rotate Canvas – Flip Vertical (if you want the sky to be on the outside)
Filter / Distort / Polar Coordinates / Rectangle to Polar
Rotate Canvas – Flip Vertical

More tips:
Look for images with verticals, such as trees and buildings that break the horizons.
Line up the horizontal for best results
Before turning into square format: Cropping more sky will show larger globe and more pronounced vertical elements such as the tree here. Cropping more ground area will give a smaller center globe


  • Polly Greathouse
    Polly Greathouseover 2 years ago

    Wonderful image, John! Much conceptual and formal intrigue : ) Appreciate the surprises.

  • Irina Chuckowree
    Irina Chuckowreeover 2 years ago

    best ever “world-in-a-bubble”!

  • Josie Jackson
    Josie Jacksonover 2 years ago

    Love how you have done this John, very clever, the birds and everything else are really well placed, and fabulous colour, love it, must have a go, thanks for the info….. :o)xox Hope you are well…

  • Josie Jackson
    Josie Jacksonover 2 years ago


  • Hans Kawitzki
    Hans Kawitzkiover 2 years ago

    Excellent creation

  • Carol Knudsen
    Carol Knudsenover 2 years ago


  • ShotsOfLove
    ShotsOfLoveover 2 years ago

    This is Lovely John:- )

  • limon
    limonover 2 years ago

    wonderful work
    like the concept very much..

  • Sally Kate Yeoman
    Sally Kate Yeomanover 2 years ago

    Stunning! This works so well.

  • Robin Webster
    Robin Websterover 2 years ago

    John this rocks!!!! I love doing these! Have never had the nerve to post one though. The colors here are gorgeous and the overall image is so fun! Fave!

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